Kuzu no Honkai – Episode 3

When it rains, it pours. There’s no stopping Kuzu no Honkai, bois.

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This episode made me angry, it made me feel disgusted, it gave me a boner, it made my heart race, but ultimately, I just feel miserable. It’s disheartening because at the end of the day, all these twists and turns will most likely coalesce into this clusterfuck of a compromised relationship ala White Album 2 — heck, possibly into something even more grotesque. I wasn’t expecting Hanabi to develop a different kind of affection towards Mugi, and that little exposition from her just when she was about to confront Bitch-sensei catapulted this anime into an even rockier road.

I mean, at first, I can’t seem to get the feel of the “emotions” from the characters — they were so far had been unconvincing, prolly because we didn’t get any supplementary backstory up until this week — with Hanabi and Mugi just playing with each other because ‘muh crush isn’t noticing me’. Then again, it kinda does make sense for Hanabi to develop feelings for Mugi, granted that I always saw her as someone who isn’t willingly doing those lewd things because she sees her crush in him, but rather, it’s just that she can do those things because it’s Mugi.

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Love does make you blind, but that statement is… a bit inaccurate. I’ve always been bemused by that famous aphorism ever since I tasted my first instance of a heartbreak, and, well, I soon came to realize that it doesn’t exactly make you blind — it’s just that love will let you see what you want to see, but that doesn’t mean you are seeing everything. Ecchan realized she’s gay thanks to Hanabi, and Hanabi realized she’s falling in-love with Mugi. Are they blind? Not really. They’re just seeing something else that you don’t. It’s… hard to explain, but I think the idea was more or less used to express Mugi’s illogical conclusion that Akane-sensei ain’t really a bitch — but, hey, maybe he is feigning ignorance? Yes. Probably, yes. After all, his silence in the restaurant was unsettling.

Anyways, I don’t really want to delve too much in the specifics when it comes to love because I’m not really an expert in that topic so yeah. On another note, I guess Kuzu no Honkai proved that it can portray a gripping and gut-punching drama without resorting to handjobs and french kisses. Specifically that last part with Hanabi meeting Akane-sensei. The editing and transition in this scene was so well done, everything just perfectly melted into this goose-bumps inducing cliffhanger. I already had an idea that Akane-sensei was a bitch prior to that reveal, but the way they wrapped things up made me forget that I got spoiled in the first place.

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It started with a heavy D chord with Hanabi questioning herself, then rises up into this swelling crescendo as she realizes something. Hatred. Only to fall back again to a series of bittersweet D chords accompanied with thin, wry smiles from Bitch-sensei… then a streak of silence, the school’s bell ringing, the smell of cigarette… cue ED acoustic. Fucking awesome. It’s simply perfect. Reading that sentence alone is enough to give me an idea of what happened that time, and that’s not even mentioning how synced everything was with the small gestures from the characters. I mentioned last week that Kuzu no Honkai‘s OST was a hit and miss, but boy, oh boy this episode proved me so wrong. Kuzu no Honkai knows what it is doing.

Short thoughts:

  • We’ve got girl to girl french kiss, Hanabi seeing the D, handjobs, Mugi getting laid for the first time… are they really airing this in local TV in Japan?
  • Kuzu no Honkai has got a high chance of becoming my AOTS.
  • Sayuri’s awesome, no?
  • That moment when I realized that Hanabi and Reina from Euphonium shares the same seiyuu. Whoever she is, she’s doing a fine good job. Keep it up, you.
  • Yada~ Tomodachi desu~ 
  • Akane-sensei’s seiyuu is pretty good too.
  • I see. It feel’s good for him. That’s kind of… kawaii nano. Gold.
  • Hmm… I wonder how it will turn out if KanaHana’s doing the VA for Hanabi instead.
  • Sorry. Not sure if those were indeed D chords.
  • Ecchan’s ecchi.
  • I want to hug Hanabi and treat her like a princess.
  • Screw Mugi. I still hate the guy.

I can’t wait for next week’s episode. If Kuzu no Honkai is just heating up, then I can’t even start to imagine what’s going to hit me later on. I’ll see you folks around~

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3 comments

  1. That was funny 🙂 …

    “This episode made me angry, it made me feel disgusted, it gave me a boner, it made my heart race, but ultimately, I just feel miserable.” … “Kuzu no Honkai has got a high chance of becoming my AOTS.”

    Both Hanabi and Mugi are still channeling their hopeless crushes. At her crying outburst, Hanabi primarily wants to escape her hopeless romance, it’s less that she’s really pining for Mugi. Keep in mind, she rather feels at ease with him, not excited.

    I feel a bit sorry for Mugi, because I think that he’s fundamentally a kind soul. Why do you hate him so much? 🙂

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    1. I actually don’t hate Mugi as a character, and I think he’s an interesting and unique MC for a romance/drama anime (kinda reminds me of that guy from KareKano — they’re both jacked up). It’s just that explaining why I dislike him is… uhh, means that I also have to tell something about my first taste at love which is another topic for another day lol

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  2. I’m a sucker for ED themes that start before the episode content ends, especially when its done as artfully as it was in this episode. Technically it wasn’t the ED that started, but an acoustic portion of it, but the effect is there. Regardless, yes, Sayuri is awesome.

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