Strawberry 100% Episode #12 (

By:Chris Beveridge
Review Date: Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Release Date: Monday, June 20, 2005

Some guys simply can't handle women that are even a little aggressive.

What They Say
In the face of the competition, the club starts to seriously work on their movie. Tojo's script is ready, but the lead actress has yet to be decided.

The Review!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Strawberry 100% is moving along with its film club side of the story pretty nicely here as the club has grown a bit and they're working well on their plans for this school year. Tojo has created a solid story for them to film for competition and Manaka is really inspired by it and wants to make it even better in how it will come out in film form. He's working hard on the storyboards for it, even late into the night when Yui wakes up in his bed and almost strips out of habit. Where it's getting complicated though is in the casting of the characters as Kitaoji is using her aggressive nature and feminine wiles to make sure she gets the role she wants. And it doesn't hurt that she likes to grind up against Manaka anyway.

In the midst of it all, Manaka is having a debate with himself about how difficult it is to get this made because of his nature .While he wants to do well by Tojo and her script, he's finding that the casting is problematic because he doesn't want to hurt Kitaoji. And while struggling with that, Misuzu has no issue in telling him that it's going to suck no matter what because he's just so wishy-washy in general and a director needs a lot more decisiveness when it comes to things like this.

Manaka's issues get to Tojo but she's thinking that it's more a problem with her script and she's feeling bad about it, blaming herself for making a script like that which lead to a fight among some of the club members about the casting. Her sadness over it obviously gets to Manaka and gives him the final nudge to really man up about it and do things that need to be done. Seeing her sad and almost with tears about it reminds him of what he's really supposed to be doing and how he needs to do right by her work without worrying as much about the feelings of others when it comes to the casting. The two have a surprisingly tender moment on top of the roof of the school over it, first as they reenact their first meeting and realize they both knew who the other was from then, and then a moment of being very close together and expressing their feelings about what kind of film they want to make together. The two really do connect well and this is another snapshot in time that proves it.

In Summary:
The casting choices make up the bulk of the episode and the actual offering of the part comes at the very end in an amusing way that's not entirely unexpected. It does fit though and it creates a new way to add some fun and excitement to the show while managing to not really upset everyone. While the casting side of the episode is fun since there's a lot going on with it, the real fun for me was watching how Tojo and Manaka continue to grow close together while seeing how Kitaoji is handling it and upping her aggressive nature a bit. Manaka's certainly holding out well overall as quite a few boys his age wouldn't last anywhere near as long and just go for the short term gratification and enjoyment, but with the desire to make films of Tojo's works, which goes into some of his attraction to her, it's more complicated which makes him a lot less decisive. At least with this kind of story there's an actual reason for him to be indecisive instead of it just being a full on personality flaw.

Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles

Review Equipment
Sony KDS-R70XBR2 70" LCoS 1080P HDTV, Dell 10.1 Netbook via HDMI set to 1080p, Onkyo TX-SR605 Receiver and Panasonic SB-TP20S Multi-Channel Speaker System With 100-Watt Subwoofer.

Mania Grade: B
Audio Rating: NA
Video Rating: NA
Packaging Rating: NA
Menus Rating: NA
Extras Rating: NA
Age Rating: 13 and Up
Region: All Region DVD
Released By: Viz Media
Running time: 24
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Disc Resolution: 480i/p
Disc Encoding: MPEG-2
Series: Strawberry 100%