When the Stylish woman turns out to be a man, Tsukimi finds her life upended completely.
What They Say:
No matter how much she begs to be left alone, Tsukimi just can't shake her Stylish new friend. When the Sisterhood's weekly Hot-Pot Party rolls around - an event the Stylish are NOT welcome at - problems arise, jellyfish speak, and meat saves the day!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
When social introverts have to deal with things outside of the norm, it can be a problem. A severe problem. One that goes so far as to push them over the edge, legitimately so, since it's outside of their area of experience and when they happens they panic. Tsukimi's discovery of the Stylish woman actually being a man has thrown her completely and it's made even worse when he showers there and is a Very Pretty Man in fact. What makes it even worse in a way is that he makes a great woman as well with one hell of a hip swing to him when he walks. And he likes the kind of chaos he's found at the apartments and wants to come back again to spend some time with Tsukimi and meet the others.
The focus of this episode is the big hot pot party they throw as a group that helps to reinforce their bonds of friendship. It's an amusing group event even before the actual party when they do things like going shopping. Such a distinctive group to be sure with their almost unkempt style and grungy ways. It's not that they're dirty, but they go with such bland and almost bleak colors that they stand out more so than if they dressed what you would call normal. It's more distinct in a group though since when they're all together, it's like this wide band of grays with messy hair and downcast faces. If you can even see much of their faces with all the hair covering them.
The science of the introverts here, as told cutely by Ciara, is priceless. With Stylish making herself more than welcome in the party, Ciara shows how they all react to different levels of interaction by a Stylish person. They're all adorable in their own way and I'm sure a lot of people will find similarities themselves, including myself from quite a few years ago when I once was like that. Tsukimi's a bit over the top in how she tries to get rid of him/her and the rest of them are desperate to get rid of her as well since she's so overly friendly and nice to them. The breakdown of the apartment dwellers in this situation really is priceless to watch, especially since so much of it is familiar to various friends I've had over the years.
Princess Jellyfish progresses nicely here as it gets us a bit more familiar with the group and has fun with our new Stylish man-woman that's landed in their lives. Groups like this really do thrive on the familiar and routine, keeping from being involved with other people as much as possible. So when someone new drops in it's always a bit chaotic and awkward, but when it's someone who is very stylish, never mind just normal, it makes all their insecurities even stronger and more apparent. We do get a bit more of what's going on with our crossdressing character towards the end here, but it's still much a mystery and even his name is kept to a minimum which helps to keep him a bit distant yet curious. There's a lot of little gags and cute moments throughout this episode that builds nicely on the first and definitely makes you curious what's next in the lives of these characters. Very fun and enjoyable.
Japanese 2.0 Language, english Subtitles
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