Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Hitohira 02

Episode 2 wasn't as dramatic as episode 1, but it still really wove its spell for me. There are a lot of very likeable people here, and a plot that is developing in interesting ways.

Mugi (Kimoto Orie) and Nono (Kawasumi Ayako) are at opposite ends of the professionalism spectrum, but they both move me. And I'm beginning to be able to stand Risaki, who was the one downer of episode 1 for me. Some of the background music turns me off, but the OP and ED are both just stellar.

I'll interweave two contact sheets of images with a detailed summary of the plot, for those who can't understand what they're saying. I'm sorry I don't have time to pick the images more carefully.

Mugi dreams of being on stage and wakes up with the after-lunch bell in the storage room by the costume she loved in ep1. In class, she tells Kayo she didn't sleep at all the night before, from having joined the drama study club. Kayo tells her it's a good chance to improve herself.

Kai tells her they have their first practice. He apologizes for his sister, but Mugi says it's okay, she can't be on stage, but she'll do backstage work. He says to call him "Kai" instead of his last name Nishida, to be different from his sister. They look for the club room and it turns out to be tiny. Then they find out that their entering the club has made it possible for the club to survive, that there are only five members in total, and that in October they and the other drama club -- the "Drama Club" engekibu, rather than their "Drama Study Group" engeki kenkyuukai -- will present plays and the best play will decide which of the two clubs survives.

Kai's sister Risaki punches him for putting down the club, but Katsuragi, the guy in glasses, says that Nono can handle her, that she beat up the whole judo club the year before when they damaged some stuff. Then Mugi discovers that there are so few people that she can't just do backstage work, and she faints. "Funny girl," says Nono.

On the way to school, Mugi falls in the rain. The blonde girl, Kanna Chitose, helps her. She asks if Mugi is hurt, and Mugi says no, embarrassed. Chitose finds this hard to understand. She loans her a gym outfit while her uniform is drying in Chitose's locker. Katsuragi sees them coming out of the...Drama Club room, which is where Chitose's locker is. In class, the teacher calls Mugi "Kanna" all day, because of the name on the gym outfit.

After class, the Drama Study Group is there to intercept Mugi and Chitose on their way into the Drama Club room, to ask what's going on. They think Mugi may be abandoning them. The Drama Club president and her troops come by and sympathize with poor Mugi for joining the "fake" club. Nono says Mugi didn't want to join the Drama Club because she hates acting. In the pause, Risaki smacks the the drama club prez's hand away from Mugi. When the prez questions her, she says there was a fly on it, and the prez drily thanks her. Risaki says "it was a stink bug" and grabs Mugi and runs down the hall with her. She apologizes to Mugi for mistaking her intentions when it was just that she got her uniform wet, but Mugi says that it's okay, and that she probably doesn't intend to quit the club.

Up on the school roof after school, the club members are preparing costumes and props. Mugi and Chitose are sewing. Chitose is there even though she isn't a member of the club. She's infatuated with Katsuragi. Nono forces Mugi into an informal practice, and Mugi's voice is tiny. Chitose is surprised, but Kayo (Mugi's photographer friend) tells her Mugi's always like that when she's nervous.

Chitose says she has a solution. She rushes over and orders Kai to hold Mugi, and she tickles her. Nono stops Risaki from interfering and notes that laughter is a good way to relax. After the tickling, Mugi angrily shouts at Chitose in the huge voice we only heard once before, at the notice boards. As she's walking away, Chitose says to herself: that voice really surprised me. She's a funny girl, Asai Mugi.

Nono says what a voice it was, and touches her own throat. The other members are concerned (you'll learn why later), but Nono says it's all right, let's get her on stage as soon as possible. The prez of the Drama Club (?) is watching from the window and says: "fool" (I think about Chitose helping the rivals).


Demon Eyes said...

Nice take on things still.

I don't know why Chitose is helping the rivals too but her President reminds me of one Amane, though this Amane is more interesting.

I wanna know what's wrong with Nono-sama but I guess I will have ot wait for more episodes. Could it be that...Nah!

Loved the scene in ep 1 where Mugi was running away from the masks and was rescued by...What was up with that anyway...Not that I am complaining...

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hashihime said...

>>Demon Eyes -- That mask scene in ep1 was something that wasn't in the manga. I liked it. I think it was showing how embarrassed she felt, as if everyone was looking at her and laughing at her. And then she was rescued by the strength and kindness of Nono. By the way, I think you will find out pretty soon about Nono. (I've read ahead in the manga.)