“Zurui yo..”

Noto-sama BANZAI! Shihou Matsuri is now amongst my favourite Noto Mamiko roles. It’s just refreshing to see her voice Matsuri-chan in a way that expresses her carefree nature, yet with a maturity that acknowledges her own situation.

So, with this episode, it’s established that Matsuri is a supernatural existence, with some sort of ability that accelerates decay and sunlight is her greatest weakness. Also, she seems to be called “Yoru no wazawai” or “Disaster of the Night”. Her true nature isn’t really revealed yet, but it does seem that she is really a kind girl in nature.

My favourite scenes of the episode is where Matsuri tries to return her gratitude towards Yorito by trying to cook him a meal. She certainly has a unique way of cooking stuff and I can’t deny I really laughed out loud over her belief that machines will inevitably work after being kicked. Must be from her long experience with that vending machine.

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Ano… isn’t that dangerous?

The other one is where Yorito thinks she ran off but instead finds her lying on his bed, looking upon the sky scape that is on his ceiling. Matsuri’s “zurui yo” just so effectively conveyed her feelings of longing for the sky and a profound sadness that her condition doesn’t allow her to see the true, blue sky even once. That was just a powerfully done scene there.

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A longing of the blue sky…

6 Comments

  1. Furuba Said,

    April 15, 2007 @ 4:37 pm

    Gasp, i can’t wait to see this! D: loved the first epi. and saw the OP, i really liked the OP! Colorless sky or soemthing lolz. i love the character designs in this anime as well!!
    and i agree. Matsuri is my fav character done by Noto Mamiko and doesn’t sound like her usual roles.
    this anime…. the animation is so clear ~~~ : D

  2. JS Said,

    April 15, 2007 @ 6:49 pm

    I watched this episode and now I’m hooked to this series! Oh, and Noto-sama FTW!

  3. maglor Said,

    April 16, 2007 @ 4:39 am

    >>> Shihou Matsuri is now amongst my favourite Noto Mamiko roles.

    I don’t know. There still is Ana Coppola and Shimako ( Marimite )

    >>> Matsuri’s “zurui yo” just so effectively conveyed her feelings of longing for the sky and a profound sadness that her condition doesn’t allow her to see the true, blue sky even once

    Very good point. If it were up to me, I would make this series about longings and frustrations all characters has and how these mental issues are being dealt with by different characters. Still, I find myself liking the line ‘Ecchi’ the best.

  4. Syaoran Li Said,

    April 16, 2007 @ 12:53 pm

    Yeah!
    I know he wasn’t thinking ecchi thinks, but Matsuri wins with her “ecchi”
    Ara ara… well, we have plenty of time…. and remember, in episode one we had a flashback, or maybe a premotion, were Matsuri was on a cave and Yprito walking on a desert alone… We’ll see soon.

  5. Ronin Said,

    April 18, 2007 @ 10:10 pm

    Your post made me contemplate if I should see the series or not. 49.5% yes, 50.5% no. :/

  6. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    April 18, 2007 @ 11:10 pm

    Frankly speaking, if you are:

    A. not a fan of Noto Mamiko.
    B. unable to appreciate slow romance shows.
    C. don’t understand the value of “character development”

    … then sola is not for you to watch.

    And yeah… that “ecchi” line was bloody awesome. It just really showed the playful side of Matsuri so perfectly.

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