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Sakura Trick 6 – Kiss Me Deadly


My knowledge of “songs that I can recall off the top of my head with ‘kiss’ in the title” has run out, so I’m going elsewhere. This is why you shouldn’t ask me for music recommendations. Also, I have no idea who even cares about these posts anymore — bless you if you do — but apologies for being later than normal. I spent an abnormal amount of time working on this Steel Ball Run post. Maybe I will have a normal schedule again! (Yeah, right.)

I feel like this is my least favorite episode yet, but the others are blurring in my mind right now. If you asked me to name my favorite episode, I’d probably stare at you blankly and then cry after a while. Coincidentally, that was my reaction to most of this episode. Admittedly, I chuckled at Haruka’s extended fantasy about living with Yuu, and the bit with the two girls on the roof is sort of sweet. But the cultural festival stuff … maaaaaaaaaaaaaan. Maaaaaaaaaaaaaaan! It’s been a while since I was that bored. This is why I don’t often watch high schoolers “faff about,” as your friend and mine, Scamp, would put it. More power to y’all who can see the cuteness and fun in watching these girls sew and walk around and eat food. Not like I don’t enjoy some (OK, lots of) stuff that baffles other people. I’m too much of an old grump to handle this when it’s not making me laugh.

As a pure outsider, even after watching years of anime, the appeal of cultural festival episodes mostly escapes me. I think we did something similar to this when I was in high school, but it was littered with our silly carnival bullshit like “toss the ball and hit the target to dunk the teacher in water” and … actually, I can’t remember anything else that went on because it was kind of shit. But I could accept it being fun at that age if you’re hanging with your friends. But seeing these usual cultural festival activities once is enough for me. It’s more fun when there’s a twist to it like the wrestling show in Toradora! That’s good, silly fun. I am also biased toward enjoying wrestling because I am among society’s dregs. Wrestling AND anime? Pen me in for eternal bachelorhood.

Actually, my ideal cultural festival would probably unfold like normal, but then it would keep repeating ala “Endless Eight,” ending with the students realizing they are in Hell. Then you can have a monologue by Rod Serling, or whoever the Japanese equivalent of Rod Serling is. This is one of the many things I will fund when I magically get rich. (However, it is lower on the totem pole than my English dub of Legend of Duo and my Giant Robo sequel where I toss millions of dollars at Yasuhiro Imagawa and let him have at it.)


Needlework is tough.
More so when you’re confronted
By a little prick.


Frankenstein’s creature
And Dracula walk into
A culture fest. Bored.


She may look fragile,
But Snow White is a tough gal.
Witches get stitches.

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  1. Familyguy1
    Posted February 19, 2014 at 1:16 am | Permalink

    Nothing on their cute “child”? ;)

    • Shinmaru
      Posted February 19, 2014 at 4:59 am | Permalink

      Haha, OK, the kid is kind of funny, too! I have a soft spot for when kids are basically a tiny version of one of the parents. It always makes me laugh.

  2. lmm
    Posted February 19, 2014 at 1:34 am | Permalink

    I care about these posts.

    I’m surprised you disliked this episode as to me it seemed to have more content than the previous ones; maybe just the cultural festival, but at least it’s a point of difference from the previous episodes, which tend to blur into each other more.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted February 19, 2014 at 5:01 am | Permalink

      The problem for me is that I don’t care about a lot of the content, haha. There’s maybe one romantic part at most in each episode I enjoy. Everything else is a joke that works for me. This one didn’t have too much I laughed at and was a bunch of walking around and such.

  3. Shikamaru
    Posted February 19, 2014 at 2:15 am | Permalink

    I enjoy these posts too.

    There just isn’t much to say about Sakura Trick. If you like cute/moe/yuri anime then you will enjoy this. The comedy is also usually really good in this series as well. I also have always loved those shots where we see only the upper part of the girls heads or just their legs or only their hair accessories. Really reminded me of Shaft and Hidamari Sketch.

    I have to admit that it’s a bad sign when this is my anime of the year pick thus far. I absolutely love cuteness! It doesn’t deserve that but thankfully this is the first of the 4 anime seasons. Why not Kill La Kill? I don’t like it and I don’t know if I should mention why I don’t like it or not because everyone else seems to really love it.

    I’m still somehow watching WWE by the way. I’m a little amazed myself. Toradora really had one of the best cultural festivals. This was okay, but we have seen so fucking many of those festivals in anime that no matter what you do it’s hard to keep our attention anymore.

    Why did you have to mention Endless Eight. It’s one of the three anime related memories that I would gladly forget. The other two are Dragonball Evolution and Highschool of the Dead.

    • Shinmaru
      Posted February 19, 2014 at 5:08 am | Permalink

      Goes to show that comments can’t be used to judge a post’s readers! I appreciate you all still reading my nonsense.

      Not sure what my anime of the year would be at this point. I like Kill la Kill, and Samurai Flamenco gets crazier with each episode (you did not like the direction it went in, IIRC). Space Dandy has been a ton of fun, too.

      Oh, WWE. I haven’t watched a Raw in like five years, but I’ve been getting back into it with NXT on Hulu (a great show, and short — perfect for me!). I’m pretty sure I’ll take the dive with WWE Network, as well. Going back to the past and rewatching a bunch of stuff, and seeing a bunch of stuff I’ve never seen (I’ve watched only a few Pay Per Views in full, for example) is too tempting.

      I wonder how I would view Endless Eight now. I did not like it at the time, though the idea of it is hilarious. If anything, I respect the studio for actually going through with it. Dragonball Evolution I want to see eventually, just because it sounds transcendentally awful.

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