Too bad Japan now has a negative interest rate.
The highlight of this episode was seeing the twins in casual winter clothes.
I think they got a couple more lines than they normally do, too. For the record, I like Sae better than Kae. Her ball hair ties look really cute on her. In general Haruchika seems to be improving – it’s still not great, but it’s the first time I can actually call the events of the episode a proper mystery (even though it wasn’t a particularly good one). Also the English in this show is actually really good. I love how Chika just casually mentioned that Maren joined the club at the start of the episode, along with a series of his female admirers – again, it’s something Kumiko would spit distastefully at, but it’s not like this ensemble were particularly keen on the music side of things to begin with.
Haruta is as immature a dick as ever. I like all his onee-chans by the way, purely by default – because they make him suffer. If they’re scary enough to make him camp outside instead of returning home, I really hope the other two appear at some point just to put him through some pain. It’s honestly baffling that he’s so adamant against returning to his parents’ house though. He’s actually just a real brat, at the end of the day – he’d rather rent an apartment by himself despite having a house he could live in any time. Is he even aware of how much rent is these days? Who’s paying for it? If Haruta is, then he should tell me where such ridiculously cheap rent can be found. If his parents are, then fuck him, money doesn’t grow on trees. He doesn’t want to get into his sister’s car when she’s offering him a ride somewhere, and he carries around travel chopsticks so he can eat food at other people’s houses. What a faggot, show some courtesy. I think I’ve finally found my general problem with Haruta – he shows no consideration for the people around him, and doesn’t even stop to think that his actions might be causing trouble for others.
I would have flipped a couple of tables if Haruta had turned out to have a law degree as well. I seriously thought things were going to head that way for a minute, when Amano talked about his friends’ creditors fucking him over when they defaulted (his fault for being their guarantor, no sympathy from me) followed by his co-owner defrauding him and him being shit on by inheritance taxes. This is why lots of parents do what they do, by the way, in leaving houses and stuff early to children when that’s who they want to give it to – if they leave it in their wills, the government will fuck them in the ass by levying extortionate amounts of inheritance tax on the property they pass down. It’s only when transfers happen seven or so years before your parents die that you don’t get hit by those taxes. So some parents estimate roughly when the right time to pass on their stuff is (which is kind of depressing in itself) so that their children actually get the full amount of what they intended to give them. The house goes in the child’s name, and the parents get a licence or some sort of equitable interest in the property to stay there until they die.
Sorry. That was completely irrelevant, but I have hardly anything else to say really. I don’t feel like harping on about the magic Haruta used to somehow realize there was a small fortune of 500-yen coins hidden beneath the house, it’s definitely a stretch. I hope Amano converts it all into foreign money before the exchange rate gets even shittier. Of course Haruta invited Kusakabe-sensei, there’s no point if he’s not there to be impressed by him. And the key-shaped lock they found behind the house was massive, surely Amano would have known his property well enough to have found it before? Sometimes I even ask myself why I’m still blogging this. The better question is perhaps why, when faced with objectively better shows like Phantom World, I choose to watch this first with my limited time. This world is full of strange things.
Finally, Narushima a cute! Chika and Narushima are so cute together, I’m glad she’s unofficially become the most important side character. The two of them would make a much better set of main characters than Haruta and Chika.