Joukamachi no Dandelion – 06

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Things just got a bit real all of a sudden.

This was a bit of a surprising episode of Joukamachi no Dandelion – not exactly shocking or anything, but a fair bit more tight-laced than the first five.  The humor was played closer to the vest, there was less of it, and there were a few moments that were actually almost somber.  In the process, we saw a little deeper into the reasons why several of the Sakurada siblings feel the way they do about the upcoming election.

So what’s really going on between the older set of twins, Shuu and Kanade?  We know Shuu doesn’t want to be king (or at least is indifferent) but that he wants to prevent his sister from doing so.  And now we also know that Kanade, through reckless use of her ability, caused a childhood leg injury that left Shuu unable to play soccer or other sports.  As a result she bears a great sense of guilt (which is understandable) and now she seems focused on becoming king so as to fund research into potentially healing Shuu’s leg.

This is sort of a thought-provoking turn, actually.  Does Shuu know Kanade’s reason for wanting to be king – or at lest suspect it?  Does he want to stop her because he believes that’s not a valid reason to take on such a responsibility, or does he simply consider Kanade too irresponsible?  Then there’s the matter of her “Heaven’s Gate” ability – might she be considering raiding the treasury to give herself enough savings to be able to use it to fix his leg (or might Shuu suspect she is)?

Then there’s the matter of Aoi, the oldest sibling.  We’ve seen almost none of her in the first five episodes (though we’ve heard much, all glowing) but she steps into the spotlight here.  Most believe her ability is “Invisible Work”, enabling her to remember everything she’s learned once – but that’s actually just a really good memory, and a cover.  Her real ability is actually rather sinister – “Absolute Order”.  With it she can compel others to do her will absolutely, and while she’s (almost) only ever used it involuntarily, she’s quite right to be worried it would be a very bad thing for a monarch to be able to do.

That’s kind of dark, really.  And I think it places Aoi as having the most powerful ability, with Haruka second.  But the thing is that Aoi is a genuinely nice person, and her worries about her friends only liking her because they were compelled to are unfounded.  Whether she’ll jump seriously into the race is unknown but she’s leading even without running.  Akane seems to be doing her best to be a real candidate despite her handicap, and even Teru is campaigning hard (with Shiori’s help) but it’s Misaki who might be a real threat now that Haruka has agreed to be her Svengali.  It’s kind of irritating that it never occurs to he or Shuu to actually run themselves, as if a boy actually having a chance was the silliest thing ever (Teru trying doesn’t count, as he’s six), but Haruka has already shown a razor-sharp mind and an affinity to control things from the shadows, and with his abilities (magical and otherwise) behind her, I think Misaki – who actually seems like a pretty decent kid, even if she is a brocon – might have a real shot.

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  1. T

    Remember, Misaki basically has eight people to reach eight different demographics in campaigning – and doing EIGHT things at once while on campaign. That's… an insane advantage. Basically, she could carry out most of the schemes of her fellow siblings herself, all at the same time, just to put forth the point she could do everything almost all of her siblings collectively can from a political perspective .

    The Kingdom is also very lucky that Aoi is fundamentally a decent, moral, mentally stable and socially well adjusted girl, rather than a Sociopath. The King's policy of raising his family like normal middle class children was quite farsighted in that regard. I pity Aoi – she has to be very careful with her words – it seems even a strong suggestion could turn into an order.

  2. F

    Agreed … I was delighted at this episode – it went into territory and background regarding some of the characters in a way I hoped it would. Things just became more interesting and the characters' actions more meaningful – almost makes me want to pedal back and rewatch the episodes with the knowledge I have of some of the siblings now.

    Please, oh please let the series keep up this sort of level of interest!

  3. G

    This was a very good episode ! In fact it was surprising the back stories and has earned even more respect from me . Yes each sibling has their own agendas but they have a high sense of honor and responbilitly even though some try to hide it ! Especially the older siblings ! Still some funny moments though makes this show a nice watch . Yes it has why? moments but the strengths keep it upright !

    Side note Fridays are fun with the other shows too as most had good episodes too!

  4. K

    I like this show.

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