In what time I have between putting ointment on my epee bruises and finding money to buy more manga I have been watching Yuri themed anime; specifically Kannaduki no Miko.
The problem with girl/girl love anime is being left wondering how subtle it is going to be; often you can wait four or five episodes before a hint of smoldering glances. Luckily 45 seconds into this show our heroine, Himeko, trips on the stairs and is embraced into the bosom of the elite, aloof and universally desired princess of the school, Chikane. And before you can say "young love destroying American values” the two girls are at a private lunch planning a special intimate birthday party between them on the morrow.
But wait, this is Japanese anime. Enter an ancient curse, a childhood lad named Souma who also wants Himeko’s heart and 7 evil characters all with big giant mecha robots.
So on the side of the screen we have Chikane riding a horse bareback through the town to rescue Himeko and in the foreground we have guys screaming things like “SPIRIT FIREBALL” in Japanese while fighting with giant robots.
So far I have to believe that there is some sort of tongue planted in cheek. Particularly as the music swells while Souma is inside his Robot screaming inarticulately because someone dared to touch his precious Chikane in an over-the-top boys, their toys and their obsessive crushes theme: all the while Himeko and Chikane are giving each other full lip-to-lip lock “birthday presents.”
But wait, that’s not all. By episode two the constant rescuing of Himeko by Souma is wearing on lovely Chikane. I see the foreshadowing of another cliché/parody: the possessive, spurned and thus evil lesbian. But until then, I plan on reveling in every tender shared moment, shower scene and heartfelt talk between Himeko and Chikane while Souma continues to shout power phrases and play with his giant...um...toy.
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