We kind of knew it had to come along, an episode that focusses on the fact that Chise is actually Japanese and that there are different cultural expectations. Fortunately, this episode elicits more laughs than groans and actually manages to make for some great character moments even while it plays on some fairly obvious cultural clichés.
Of course, Chise is the focus of this episode and the narrator, bringing her unique view of the other characters to the forefront as well as highlighting the dynamics of the group. And again, this could have felt really trite and it is definitely a nod to the strength of the writing that this episode pulls it off and makes you feel you’ve gained a greater understanding of all the members of the team through this episode.
Still, the bully triggering the duel was a fairly clunky plot device, even if it was ultimately well used. As he isn’t a character we’ve ever seen before or one we are likely to see again, there was little emotional investment and you kind of knew that he was more or less a fly to be swatted (though it was still pretty satisfying when Chise landed that hit – despite the fact that I now want to know what her ribbon is made out of).
Overall, a fairly good episode in what has been a pretty great watch this season.
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7 thoughts on “Princess Principal Episode 9: East Meets West”
Imagine if we could sling a marble like that. Best self defense skill ever..
I think when you just don’t look for anything long term and keep it short term, this can be an enjoyable show. But when it comes to expecting this all to build toward something, it leaves you disappointed.
I’m still kind of hoping it is going to go somewhere but yeah, individual episodes of this are fun but so far we don’t actually know if there is an end game or if it is just going to remain episodic.
>Fortunately, this episode elicits more laughs than groans
Though it elicited it’s share of groans…
Oh, there were definitely groans involved but considering the subject matter it could have been worse.