Sora no Manimani, episode 5 – Ecchi Fumin is no love interest

Unfortunately, this episode was a little lighter on the gags, and also light on Mii-chan as well, so it wasn’t quite as enjoyable as the first four eps. Still, even though it focused more on Fumin, who I don’t particularly have strong feelings one way or the other for, it had its moments. Like Mii-chan mizugi action! (cue Edogawa going crazy… or not?)

Fumin thinking ecchi thoughtsHime enjoys stargazing

Apparently Fumin has naughty things on the mind, having caught everyone sleeping in the same room as each other. However, at the same she refers to the astronomy club as "extremely young children" – in which case, who cares if they’re sleeping in the same room as each other? Little kids take baths with each other, I don’t think sleeping in the same room is going to create any issues. This isn’t the last time we’ll see Fumin’s contradicting duality. On the flip side, Hime-chan apparently is still holding out hopes for Saku, but I’m glad to see that she’s coming to enjoy astronomy as well.

Sayo-chin in a bikinSayo and Mihoshi in bikinis

Having been banned from any more club activities and having had their equipment confiscated by Fumin’s Nazi Youths Literature Club members, the astronomy club tries to get on Fumin’s better side – by doing community service – to no avail. Failing that, once a group of astro-nerds to do while on a beach? Swimsuits! I’m a little surprised that Edogawa didn’t go nuts taking pictures. Besides Sayo-chin’s ample proportions, Mii-chan sported a surprisingly more stylish and risqué swimsuit than I would’ve expected from her. So this should’ve been heaven for Edogawa. But perhaps he was all burnt out (literally) from all the fun he’d had the day before.

Hime afraid to changeFumin and the literature club

Unfortunately for us, Hime is too ashamed to show off her own swimsuit – which I guess would be somewhat understandable if she was in a competition with Sayo-chin – but it’s not like Mii-chan was stacked like those balloon girls in Princess Lover. I’m sure Hime would’ve looked just fine. Ah well. Here, we see another example of Fumin displaying her strange sense of duality. Why she wears a 2-piece bathing suit underneath a jacket doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. And considering none of the other literature club members were in swimsuits, I doubt Fumin was going to get into the water anytime soon.

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Clearly, her attention-grabbing outfit was intended to seduce Saku down a treacherous path. She’s already revealed herself to have the most ecchi imagination of anyone in the show. In fact, I would go as far to say that Fumin coming to the rescue of her literature club members was a setup to look cool in front of Saku. Unfortnuately for her, she needs to learn that her and Saku can never be. And not just because of Mii-chan or Hime, but because of physics. Similar to how like charges do not attract, it is physically impossible for Fumin, a tsundere, to successfully attract Saku, another tsundere, and vice versa. So let’s just drop that possible storyline here.

Flying Hime kick!Hime-chan kick!

While Saku inadvertently saves Fumin from trouble by falling into the assailant’s fist, Mii-chan and Hime get into the act by ruthlessly destroying all of the womanizing teens with their best efforts at Inazuma kicks! I’ve liked SNM’s attention to little character details, like how Hime’s been messing with her hair on a daily basis, but was a little disappointed that they didn’t bring back the hilarious Hime knee. But Saku’s brave/not-so-brave moment earns him some credit from Fumin, who uses the opportunity to explain how she hasn’t been able to understand Mii-chan, or see anything impressive in the sky for that matter. So she asks Saku to show her and the literature club what astronomy’s all about.

Mii-chan freaks outAstronomy club pamphlets

Although Saku agrees to Fumin’s request on his own, Mii-chan, of course, obliges and looks forward to the opportunity to spread the astronomy love. Not to mention it was her best bet to get a chance to stargaze again at some point in the trip. So the astronomy club goes balls to the walls preparing everyone for the evening events. Even the anemic club president gets into the act by handwriting 38 pamphlets for everyone that’s attending. No wonder he ended up a bloody, ironless mess.

Deneb, Altair and VegaSaku explains life to Fumin

So I’m thinking the incredibly awesome Bakemonogatari ED probably would’ve been a much better fit on Sora no Manimani. Not that it’s bad on Bakemonogatari, but the lyrics clearly sync with the topics in this show. To wit, lyrics from the ED (credit due to Deciphered Melody):

“are ga DENEBU, ARUTAIRU, BEGA”
kimi wa yubi sasu natsu no taisankaku
oboete sora wo miru
yatto mitsuketa Orihime-sama
dakedo doko darou Hikoboshi-sama
kore ja hitori bocchi

“That’s Deneb, Altair, Vega…”
you said as you pointed at
The Summer Triangle.
As I looked at the sky,
I finally found Orihime-sama,
but where is Hikoboshi-sama I wonder?
Isn’t she lonely?

And the song itself starts off by talking about stargazing:

itsumo doori no aru hi no koto
kimi ha totsuzen tachiagari itta
“konya hoshi wo mi ni yukou”

Like always, on that day
suddenly stood up and said
“Tonight, lets go Stargazing!”

In fact, the whole song seems to fit a lot of the events on the show. But I digress.

Once the astronomy club has the opportunity to strut their stuff to the literature club, it’s not long before the literature club starts ooh-ing and aah-ing in wonder. The sky is a wondrous place where your imagination can go wild. And I think when you have someone that’s as enthusiastic as Mii-chan spreading her vibes, it’s irresistable. Even Fumin comes around and grudgingly admits that she may have to give the astronomy club a little more credit – although to Mii-chan’s (and my) dismay, not to the point of giving them any funding – which is shortsighted if you ask me. At least get them a telescope to play with! It may not do much for actual stargazing, but one of the most memorable moments of my childhood was looking through a telescope and being able to see the surface of the moon. It was too cool. And I hope the astronomy club gets to experience that at some point.

All in all, it was a fun episode, but a little too Fumin heavy for my tastes. It was nice to see her have some development, and not be typecast as the stubborn adversary from start to end. But the Mii x Saku x Hime dynamic really carries the show, and with that in the background for this episode, things felt a little dull. Hopefully, it’ll be back in full force next week.

3 Replies to “Sora no Manimani, episode 5 – Ecchi Fumin is no love interest”

  1. “stacked like those balloon girls in Princess Lover.” Quoted for truth. Norio Wakamoto’s voice for the main character’s grandfather made it enjoyable for a few minutes and other than that it wasn’t worth the time. Unless you like balloon girls I guess.

    Mihoshi will certainly win out in the end in the competition for Saku. But I can’t help but hold out some doomed, Romantic hope for the tsundere pairing. Not that I will be at all displeased when the inevitable happens, and I’m glad Fumin gets character development instead of being generic rival/club adversary.

    1. I’m a little surprised they gave Fumin some backstory before getting to Sayo. I hope she gets some development soon, she’s nice, but too generic mother-hen right now. I want to see her with some spunk again, like when she yelled at Mii-chan to stop straddling people in the first episode.

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