Etotama Episode 9 (HOORAY! A PIYO-TAN EPISODE!)
(Does a little dance) Whoosh! Finally! An episode about my favorite character in this show! It only took…..9…episodes. Aw well. Beggers can’t be choosers.
So…what was this episode about? Do they treat Piyo-tan right? Well….kinda. Let me tell you what I mean.
So the episode starts up with Piyo-tan and Takeru playing shogi. Nya-tan is her usual dumb fuck self and knocks over the board telling the two that the game is boring. Takeru tells her basically “To hell with you no it’s not.” Adding to this, Piyo-tan tells Nya-tan that if she wants her Sol/Lull seal, she has to beat her in shogi.
So reluctantly the training montage begins.
And seriously, this episode is a good chunk training montage. I could have seriously played “Eye of the Tiger” to a montage of this montage and it would have worked just fine. She learns things such as predicting moves, learning what the pieces do, etc, etc.
Honestly I found this part of the episode boring. Having Nya-tan learn how to be slightly less of a retard does not make me do anything other than yawn.
Eventually she has the result of every montage and becomes good.
Finally the battle for the Sol/Lull begins and they begin, and Nya-tan seemingly pulls ahead. Piyo-tan then turns it around and starts whooping her. Takeru basically tells her to “be herself” and then Nya-tan wins. And that’s pretty much the end of the episode. Once again. Um…yay?
The only reason this episode was above passable is because it featured Piyo-tan, and like you all are aware, I love me some Piyo-tan. It showed her in a very demure, yet stern and intelligent look. And I really liked they way they worked her in this episode. Of course, before and after the game, Nya-tan’s still an annoying fuck, but now she’s an annoying fuck who can…play shogi? So…I guess there’s that?
Realistically, Nya-tan’s character didn’t improve for me in this episode. I could tell they were trying to go for a “ooh, she’s developing” thing. But she really didn’t as she goes right back to being an annoying fuck after the match ends, the only difference is that now she can play shogi.
Nya-tan winning every episode is actually very tiresome. This show has a lot of shonen tropes, but as I’ve said before, the main problem, is that I don’t even remotely like the main character. And that’s a problem with this kind of show.
Etotama is trying to trick you this episode into thinking Nya-tan learned something. She didn’t. The way she won was by “being herself” and unfortunately for us, “herself” is an annoying douche.
Piyo-tan really was awesome in this episode. She had more screentime, lines, and overall everything than any other episode in this series and I loved every second she was on screen. I knew she’d lose, but secretly I was hoping she wouldn’t because I hate it every single time Nya-tan wins and it makes me want to punch a baby.
Seriously, can we just kill Nya-tan and makes the series about the 12 zodiac people? I’d be okay with that. Really. Really I would.
(sigh) a man can dream…a man can dream.