Usagi Drop & No. 6 Episode 4 – For the Yaoi(Lulz)
No. 6 is a Noitamina anime and it brings a lot of expectations along with it, at least from my perspective. It’s being produced by BONES (Fullmetal Alchemist, anyone?) and even has some light novel source material to cover for it. But from what’s been shown this week, there will be no grand science fiction plot like I had initially hoped. Yes, it’s still going to contain sci-fi elements, but it’s not going to go the route I hoped for: something like Fractale, but better.
As for Daikichi and Rin, well, their story is getting on a little better. I have no qualms with the story anymore as I’ve come to realize that this show isn’t going to throw any drama at me, the likes of which Ano Hana did in large quantities. Harrumph, why, yes, that just may be a new love interest for Daikichi.
Daikichi and Rin continue to adjust to their new dailiy routine and seem to be better off than they did last episode. Daikichi enrolls Rin into a new elementary school and helps her fetch her new school supplies, much to her delight. Rin makes a new friend at her school and Daikichi gets a bit closer (and flustered) to said friend’s mother. Oh you cougar hunter, you.
On another note, Daikichi also discovers his grandfather’s will by way of a website and a hidden note. His grandfather laments Rin’s circumstances but implores people to forgive Masako for abandoning Rin as she was young, unfit to be a mother at such a young age.
Welp, love seems to be blooming for Rin and her new buddy-pal over there. I can’t quite recall his name but I’m sure that he’ll be a lifelong friend of Rin’s. Who knows, he might be the dreaded childhood friend who never gets out of the friend zone. Man, I feel for his dilemna already. Poor boy.
It’s a light-hearted show that’s leading us on a pleasant ride: Usagi Drop isn’t setting out to drop any twists and turns, at least for now. Masako is one thread of the story that’s going to bear a lot of weight and I wonder how the mangaka went about developing that idea. In all likelihood, even if Daikichi and Rin meet Masako, the status quo won’t change – Rin will stay with Daikichi. It’s evident that she’s attached to him.
And for the yaoi fans
Shion learns more about the “real” world this week as Nezumi takes him through the streets of the city. Shion’s appalled by all the death and destitution that he witnesses and even finds a dead body – ignored by all passers-by. Nezumi tries to make Shion shed his naivety and tries to teach him to defend himself, to no avail.
They later meet a man who knew Shion’s mother in the past – an unrequited love. Things are going smoothly until the man hints at Nezumi being suited for prostitution, goading him and taunting him. Shion loses it and chokes the man near the cusp of death until Nezumi pulls him away.
The Dog-Keeper, or whatshisface, tells Shion about his life and how he sucked milk from the teets of dogs (God, that’s disgusting) and is surprised to find that Shion regards all life, in and out of No. 6, as equal. He also picks up on Nezumi’s attachment to Shion and uses it to ambush him later on. Nezumi is about to slit the Dog-Keeper’s throat but is interrupted when Shion arrives, worried and all.
May I just say how much I love the opening? It’s got an Indie vibe to it and is laid-back and evocative – of what, I leave up to your minds. Anyways, No. 6 seems intent on laying out the nuts and bolts of morality and relationships for you viewers. We have the typical cool-headed lad who’s disillusioned and the know-nothing protagonist. The protagonist will eventually break the iron shell of the cold-hearted co-star and they’ll realize that bonds are what matters and that they can reconcile their differences. Or something like that.
It’s not a bad idea at all, but this show is begging for some originality. Right from the start, it suffers from bad character design (Kanda AND Allen?), and rips off other more popular shows. Not a good spot to start off on. But more than that, Shion annoys me to no end. I don’t mind so much that he’ll get Nezumi to open up to others; I just hate Shion for his uselessness. He may be smart and have an astronomically high IQ, but that doesn’t save him from the abyss of bad characterization. I wouldn’t be half as ticked off had Shion proved himself useful in some way or form, but all he seems capable of doing at the moment is burdening Nezumi. Maybe if he had a good combat trick or two… time will tell whether or not he remains pathetic.
The real world in No. 6 is simply a run-down version of the world today from what I’ve seen so far. You’ve got the apartment buildings, open markets, and hell, you even have some fine wines and scotch and whatnot. So are the numbered cities social/human experiments? I’d be willing to say something like that, but without a doubt, there is some sort of conspiracy brewing. The cops are restrictive and the state requires all to submit to their rule – utopian dictatorship? As if such a thing existed. No. 6 seems a bit too idyllic, a bit too pretty. There’s something to hide and I’ll bet that Nezumi had a part in that – a science experiment possibly?
Before I sign out: Shion’s a domesticated housewife, face it.
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