Here is my visual representation of this week’s episode.
This trope has always baffled me. Man walks down an empty street and a bunch of incredibly hairy cross-dressing men try to rape him. It makes me wonder is there some sort of cultural thing I’m missing here. Are there so many cross-dressing burlesque clubs in Tokyo that they’re so desperate for new members that they prowl the streets in search of possible new candidates but are also notorious sexual offenders? Or are they actually gangsters and I’ve got totally the wrong end of the stick. Like how we’re supposed to recognise the pompadour as a symbol of wannabe yakuza, there’s actually a notorious yakuza spin-off group that dresses as women and preys on people on the street and their thinly veiled threats of rape are actually them stealing all your money?
It’s not like I was expecting some sort of Wandering Son levels of delicacy to the subject of transgenderism or anything, although that has put a rather amusing image in my head of the people Ledo meeting a bunch of shy, socially awkward, effeminate dudes in wigs and schoolgirl uniforms mumbling something about would he kindly come see their Romeo and Juliet play. But if you’re going to be offensive, could you do it in some non-awful clichéd way?
The episode as a whole felt really pointless. I was down with Ledo trying to find a job reflecting his desires to fit into this alien society. That mountain of cow shit is also an accurate metaphor for the job-hunting process. But the episode did so little to advance anything beyond that, and was really stupid to boot. Leaving aside the transvestites for a second, why were the girls putting on sun-cream? I can suspend my disbelief and assume that this society managed to invent sun-cream in its limited technological capacity, but the girls spend their whole lives flying from ship to ship out in the sun wearing practically bikinis anyway. But this is a beach episode, so obviously we have to have the sunscreen application scene because that’s in the worn out box of beach episode tropes, along with the comparison of risqué bikinis, the male lead not knowing how to swim, the cross-dressing rapists. You know, normal beach episode tropes.
The episode felt like one of those ones crappy harems do where they want to keep the status quo intact while waiting for the final plot twist to set up the finale. In short, it felt like a beach episode filler. Bleh.