So, I continued with Prince-sama this week, and this time watched it on time as opposed to a few days later as I’d built up a fair bit of anticipation given the sheer amusement of the first episode. I also figure I have to blog it, what with me not being a serious anime fan and such.
I am happy to report that this week’s episode did not disappoint, although it oddly switched the OP and ED with each other. Perhaps last week they had the boys all dancing to show off the animation level they were capable of? Who knows; it doesn’t really make much of a difference, although it was a bit disappointing to not see the full-screen iteration of our dancing boys. Ah well.
In addition to those works of aural genius, there was another insert song this week. It wasn’t as awesome as Hayato-sama beaming down from the side of a building, but, hey, not everyone can be Hayato-sama, y’know?
From the land of not at all shocking, it turns out that the Hayato-sama clone from last week is his younger twin brother. I’ve always found the distinction anime frequently makes between younger versus older twin strange, to be honest; it doesn’t seem to matter much, especially when twins aren’t usually born much more than a handful of minutes apart. But this may be a cultural difference I’m just not getting.
With the flashbacks to grandma and the reminder that she’s the one who taught Haruka how to play piano (but apparently only by ear!), I keep getting Yumeiro Patisierre vibes. It doesn’t help that Haruka sounds a lot like Ichigo at points. There are some other similarities, although they are slight – Haruka is surrounded by “beautiful” boys, she lacks skills that many of her classmates already possess, and she’s having to work very hard to catch up. They’re still pretty…. well, I don’t quite want to hold them up as “good” female characters, but they’re improvements on the usual types we get.
Of relation to that, the fact that Haruka is at the school to become a songwriter and not to become an idol is pretty refreshing. Sure, her end goal is kind of silly, but, well, if it wasn’t I’d be disappointed.
Now, random asides:
- there’s no way Haruka’s room-mate is a high schooler; I swear she’s actually twenty-eight or something and stole a kid’s identity to get into the school and cougar out
- surely I’m not the only one who thinks of Sheryl Nome whenever the homeroom teacher shows up?
- in the OP, Haruka is totally the nyancat
- this is one of those rare times when you have to watch the episode a second time to actually read the comments people have made on Nico Nico; one of the commenters may’ve solved the mystery of Haruka’s eyes – cataracts!
- that magical cat IS Hayato-sama, I swear… that, or its SHINING SAOTOME
So, there it is. Absurdity fully intact. This and Mawaru Penguindrum are my favorites of the season by far.