Chouyaku Hyakunin Isshu: Uta Koi – 06

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Well, that was silly.

[HorribleSubs] Utakoi - 06 [720p].mkv_snapshot_00.55_[2012.08.06_16.12.09]I’m going to guess that this episode was made up of omakes from Sugita Kei’s Utakoi manga – it sure felt that way. If not, it seems as if Kenichi Kasai just decided to throw caution to the wind and get as far away from traditional Ogura Hyakunin Isshu discussion as possible  We have oxcart G-1 racing (that course – seriously?), epic Hundred Poets card battle game (Karuta, eat your heart out) and “Teika’s Room”, which didn’t quite match the comic appeal of the “Yabe-chi’s Room” segments from Mitsudomoe, despite sharing one of the same primary voice actors.  We even had a Six Poetic Geniuses host club.  None of this was exactly hilarious, but there were some genuinely funny moments mined from what can be a pretty stuffy topic.

[HorribleSubs] Utakoi - 06 [720p].mkv_snapshot_01.10_[2012.08.06_16.12.23]A couple of figured were introduced here, among them Teika’s “co-host” Utsonomiya no Yoritsuna (Shimono Hiro), the father-in-law of Teika’s son.  We also met Fujiwara no Kintou, a brilliant poet also known for expertise in calligraphy and music, who would publish the Sanjuurokkasen or “Thirty-six Poets”, a hugely influential collection in its own right.  He represents a segue in the story to the Mid-Heian period, as we’re apparently going to leave this original cast of characters behind.  Narihira certainly stood out at the alpha male of this first group, but it’s Munesada who produces the biggest laugh of the episode – escaping the chaos in the G-1 pits (caused by former Emperor Youzei feeding his ox sake) to storm into the lead, only to have his cart fall from a bridge and into the Kamogawa.  A very fitting end to a very silly episode.

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  1. K

    I am really enjoying this series but some of my least favorite moments are the little introductory and ending interludes. Not sure if I am looking forward to this episode.

  2. l

    Omakes! Yes, I do think you must have hit on it. Spiritually, the episode reminded me of the mid-point omake-based episode of Chihayafuru. I suspect you're right.

    While I wouldn't want episodes like this one week after week, I liked this piece of cotton candy fluff for a one-time only treat. Most of the punch lines worked for me. I laughed a lot when I wasn't crossing my eyes and tilting my head in confusion.

  3. e

    Oh dear. Well, this episode came just at the perfect time for me. What a mood lifter! I was smiling if not outright giggling most of the time.
    Host club and card games notwithstanding, doping oxes with sake… seriously? Oh Sadaakira, I'm growing oddly fond of you (forgive my being swayed, Narihira-dono. You're still my fav alpha in this bunch :,) ), even if the wife is the ultimate boss, so sweet and devious as once with her translation of hubby's Tsunderese. Go Yasuko!
    It was a nice contrast with the previous couple of episodes. I enjoyed those reflections about poetry, and by extension also about art in general. Some of them hit pretty close to home as well.
    Utakoi is not a masterpiece but so far has managed to strike the right balance every time for me… more reflective when I was feeling reflective, and fluffier when I needed fluffy. Lucky timing sometimes is key I guess.
    Also, costume porn and educational streak topping along with comedy and romance elements = happy Eli.

  4. I

    I actually watch F1 regularly and there are so many times I hoped that drivers would just get into a fist fight because of dangerous driving or that teams would just cheat and block people in qualifying, so I think G1 was much better in that respect.

    Funny stuff this episode. Don't know what else to say. The new Nobuna Loli, don't you just want to hold her…. around the neck and slowly strangle her to death. I think its hit the point of no return. I keep watching just becasue 'Saru' is kinda fun to watch and I'm just bored. Muv-Luv was awful this week too.

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