Mashiro-Iro Symphony – 06

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The wait is finally over – Mashiro-Iro Symphony has turned into an adult VN adaptation at last.

There’s a side of me that’s a bit sad to see anything conventional in this show, because cutting against the grain is so integral to it’s appeal.  But we’re almost halfway through the run now, and even I was ready for the action to start to heat up.  And this was certainly the week when it did.  We had not one but two bath scenes, a maid café scenario playing out in the Uryu house, and Sana has made the transition to full-on, textbook anime tsundere.  Despite taking by far its most conventional turn, the show still hasn’t lost its charm for me, as the characters are still unusually likable and normal for the most part.

The main focus continues the cliffhanger of last week, as Angie has moved into the Uryu apartment and Miu’s Nuko Club is under threat of closure.  It’s still doesn’t appear to me that any of the girls besides Sena are going to have a “route”, per se, but these two are interesting enough.  I’m especially fond of Miu, as Angie’s story is pretty absurd to begin with.  The cooking contest, followed by Angie and Sakuno joining Shingo in the bath, was one of the first moments that really felt clichéd since the series began.  As expected, Angie’s designs on Shingo go beyond simply being his maid, but that’s been put on hold for the moment as she’s shuffled off back to the school after a visit by the principal.

Of much more interest is Miu, who remains my favorite girl in the cast.  Her club is indeed in trouble, and naturally Shingo takes it upon himself to try and save it.  I still don’t know just what Panyaa is  – though she now has the inevitable plushie – but damn, she (he?) sure can eat.  With the club needing at least six members to avoid dissolution, Sana takes it upon herself to draw flyers and post them, which leads to the second pretty clichéd interaction of the episode as she vents her tsun on the hapless Shingo.  Sakuno and Angie happily join up, but Sena is a problem – as she seems to have a real issue with animals.

The best scenes of the episode involve Shingo and Sena’s walk home in the rain, which leads to them taking shelter at her apartment as both have forgotten umbrellas.  There’s an interesting sexual tension between them, and I was really surprised by Sena’s boldness.  First she insisted that Shingo take a bath – forceful, but not unexpected – but then she dimmed the lights and climbed in after him.  There was no hanky-panky but damn, that was pretty forward.  Of course there’s a bit of the tsundere in Sena too, but it’s an usual package of the kind we haven’t seen too often in anime.  I still prefer Miu, but Sena is altogether more interesting than many alpha females in series like this.  She makes me regret I never joined the student council when I was in high school – it certainly rained a lot…

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  1. e

    great episode like alweys i glad there was not many cliches scences this anime is completly diffrent then outher harem animes it almost not looks like harem by how they act

  2. b

    I lol'd at Angie warming up the bed.

    Wow two bath scenes, complete with the dreaded white light censor. Not really complaining. And don't mind me, I'll just be here being jealous of our MC =3=

    Anyways, Sena just passed Miu and became my favorite girl of this show.
    And yeah I kind of regret not joining the student council too in my high school. My crush was also joining but I opted not to run for reasons I can't seem to remember. Shame…
    Oh well.
    Now where's that crocodile in the next episode? :))

  3. F

    You know, the title lied. There was no groping this episode.

    Airi, just confess already. Its blindingly obvious that you are hopelessly in love.

  4. d

    @Fen: she cannot confess until she openly declares she is no longer against the merger.

    @Enzo: I seriously think that the bath scene is a love flag. Maybe if this was a game, it might be first blood flag.

  5. V

    Having watched the series up to episode 9 twice now, I still don't understand why people keep trying to classify Airi as a Tsundere. Is she a proud character, and fiercely independent, yes. But I don't think she has done one thing 'violent', 'abusive', or really snide to Shingo or anyone else. The only thing that's even perhaps close to it is when Airi and Shingo walk to the park and she seems to perhaps be kidding with him, but it doesn't really come off with enough fire to me to earn the classification as a Tsundere, Inui Sana is another thing altogether.

    Personally I think Airi is a very private character, who is terrified what people might think if they know how hard she's had it trying to live independent. We don't yet, and may never know why this situation is setup for Airi in the series, but it seems clear to me that despite its difficulty she is sticking with it.

    Lastly, I suspect that when Airi tells Shingo in an earlier episode that its Unfair. They don't see her current financial situation as a weakness, and yet Airi clearly has felt this way for a while so it's hard for her to have people she clearly cares for at least as friends tell her it's okay, and that it doesn't change how they view her. I think perhaps, the 'class status' of her being the Director's daughter, and the 'social strata' likely that she was raised with has made her particularly cling hard to her exterior face, even if internally she's scrapping by. That to me is what makes her at least a memorable and likable character, even if it is a bit flawed.

  6. Tsundere (ツンデレ?) (English: /ˈsuːndɛreɪ/ or /tsʊ-/, Japanese: [tsɯndeɽe]) is a Japanese character development process that describes a person who is initially cold and even hostile towards another person before gradually showing their warm side over time.

    A very simple definition I know, and only one of many, but I do think it fits. If we just met Airi for the first time in episode 5 or 6, I don't think she'd be called a tsundere.

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