Just for the record, this◊
are the outfits used by Sasaki and Kyon in the chapter, respectively. Now I can see why she was worried about the cut in the skirt.
It was a shame that the situation didn't allow Kyon to appreciate Sasaki's outfit.
I'm curious about Mikuru's idea of taking a picture of Sasaki for Kyon. Probably it was just the habit but it could be that Mikuru is somewhat expecting
a Relationship Upgrade
between Sasaki and Kyon. Alternatively, maybe it would be good for Mikuru to make a few new acquaintances outside the Big Damn Harem, even if it goes against her orders about getting too involved with the people of this time plane.
Interesting, it seems that the question about Hanyuu gaining a permanent corporeal form already has an answer. Following canon
, Hanyuu already had the power to do it but in K:BDH she prefers to save her energy for an emergency, even if Kuyou is there to provide her with enough "spin".
Do you think Kuyou's modified spin-laced cookies counts as Power-Up Food
The thing I'm wondering now is why Yuki, Ryouko and Kuyou are keeping Hanyuu as a secret from the rest of the Brigade.
"Teenagers will be teenagers," the other entity agreed quickly, this time snatching the bag from Kuyou's hand in only the span of three rotations. "There's no sense in spoiling their fun, is there? Especially since Mion, Rika, Rena, and Satoko did the same thing all the time at that age! And still do, it is so."
Wait a minute, three rotations
!!? That was freaking fast*
! I suspect of abuse of Time Master
powers. Also, why is it that the idea of the Higurashi girls sneaking around for "naughty" purposes don't
strike me as OOC
I have just one big complain about the chapter, namely the fact that the conversation between Kanae and Rika happened offscreen. The potential interactions between Rika, Hanyuu and Kanae due to how similar their backstories
are and how this would affect Kanae are two of the things I'm looking forward the most about the trip to Hinamizawa.
For that reason I liked a lot how Kyon connected the dots and arranged their meeting. Potentially, this could be the cue for the reveal of some of the things the Brigade is hiding from Kanae.
It's just me or Haruhi and Kyon are Speaking In Unison
a lot lately? I wonder why it's that...
Funnily enough and with the exception of the matters related to CS
!Haruhi, it's interesting to see how Haruhi and Kyon's roles are being kind of reversed. Currently, it seems that Haruhi knows more secrets about Kyon than the other way around.
Re. Akane and Yuuto.
I must be obvious now but the circumstances surrounding Kyon's birth was the source of my outburst
in the last page of the thread.
IMHO, this reveal really put Akane's behavior about Kyon in perspective even if I do think her approach is wrong. It also explain Yuuto's slight overprotective tendencies
I feel I'm missing a connection, though. How do you think Akane's backstory explains her attitude towards Kyon and Tsuruya's Arranged Marriage
? It's like Akane is expecting the history will repeat itself with Kyon and she wants him married before that happens.
I also have a feeling that the death of Maebara Ichirou
(Akane and Keiichi's father) is important somehow.
On a more lighter note and assuming a family resemblance strong enough between Akane and her daughter, it's kind of amusing to try to picture teen!Akane as a mid-nineties' teen rebel Nonoko with her mother's PO'd attitude. Also, if Yuuto was around sixteen when they met, then it's possible that he arrived to Hinamizawa in a motorcycle instead of a car because of Japan's age requirements for driver permits.
P.S.: The closest thing to what have in mind.◊
Unrelated: for some reason fanart
of "psycho Imouto with scissors" in kind of popular.
: Akane finds a "box of individually packaged foil-wrapped 'protection'" in Kyon's room and gets very worried. Not so much because of its content but because it's still unopened
I'm not too sure about what is going on here, I can't even tell whether Rena's bipolarity is being Played for Laughs
or not. If it's not and considering how capable to deal with problems the Higurashi cast is, the only sure way that the Brigade will get a real chance to see what is happening to Rena is if Keiichi and the others actually fail to help her and things go out of control.
If the story takes this route, it would be difficult for something too bad to happen because there are several people who can stop Rene if she goes all "nata-onna"*
mode on someone, even under Sasaki's Power Nullifier
. For some reason I think that her most likely target would be Kyon (to a lesser extent Sasaki) because of his current outfit.
Although, I think it's more likely that events won't take such a turn but still something will happen that will bring the Brigade's attention, and particularly Yuki's, to the Hinamizawa Syndrome. It would be interesting to see how the Hate Plague
fits within the inner mechanics of this verse. My personal theory is that the Hinamizawa Syndrome is pernicious side effect of a particular strain of a data lifeforms that use people as their host (basically the plot of Wandering Shadow
with humans instead of dogs) and the current "Hanyuu" is in fact an enormous set of them that were imprinted with the mind of the original Hanyuu. Under this hypothesis, I chalk the lack of people going crazy in Matsuribayashi-hen
up to Hanyuu taking a corporeal form, which attracted most of the data lifeforms in the environment to her because she constitutes a better host than any other person*
Re. Koizumi & Kyouko.
It's amazing how the incipient romance between two ESPers
who used to belong to opposite sides of a conspiracy centered around two so-called goddesses is the most normal one of the story, even if it started after one of them saved the other from Time Traveler
who tried to kill the latter with a Morph Weapon
stolen from a slider
If they eventually tie the knot, I'm guessing the wedding speeches would be epic
BTW, for some reason Mori×Kasai doesn't rank very high in my "normalcy-o-meter", probably because one of them is a very suspicious individual with close ties to shady business and the other is a yakuza bodyguard.
One thing that caught my attention about the last section of the chapter was the bit about Kyouko not being sure about what to think of Kyon due to the bias induced by her Psychic Link
to Sasaki. Makes me wonder if Koizumi went through a similar dilemma in the past.
It could work the other way around if Haruhi uses her TK as some sort of weighted clothing for resistance/weight training. IOW, using TK to create an opposing force to each of her body's movement (like water aerobics without water
Kanae could have the same problem of not burning enough calories if she comes to depend on teleportation a little too much.
Blackmail Is Such an Ugly Word
... (sorry, I couldn't help myself)
The cousins must have been really tiring if Sasaki* could get to sleep so
It sounds about right to me. If kids of that age are comfortable around you and you are not used to such numbers, you will get pretty tired and fast. It's more of a mental thing, though.
(...) and Yuuto not teaching Kyon how to drive.
Maybe he did, or will, or have been
... You know what I mean
I don't think it's too weird. After all, Yuki and Kuyou's narrations have become less and less technical/astronomic with each iteration.
edited 16th Feb '13 4:46:23 PM by Specular