As much as I felt warm and fuzzy with the positive message of living your best no matter how rough life gets, I couldn’t help but snickered at the unbelievable characterizations in NatsuYuu 6.
Boys and girls, if some shady adult were to lead you by your hand and promise you fun and excitement, do NOT follow them! No amount of your great character will convince them to let you go—much less, in contrary, to help you later—for they will EAT you live and spit out your bones dry.
And life is a bitch who has a way of wearing down even the most faithful, so that to believe how Tsubame, despite having been dunk into the shit pool that was life again and again, never even once faltered in her ability to smile, was as much as asking me to believe that if I were to put my hand deep into a mud pit, my hand would nevertheless come out spotlessly clean.
What bothered me was that Tsubame seemed to be like a leper: incapable of feeling pain. When she finally caught up to the guy she wanted to see but could only babble into thin air, unable to be seen by him; I couldn’t help but to feel what Natsume also felt: why was life so damn harsh on her? And when she was finally able to be seen by him but had gotten so weak that she could not speak to him, I again couldn’t help but to have the same feeling again. Nevertheless, she never shed a tear as if she had no pain receptors.
But then again, I did enjoy this episode. It was quite poetic to see how Tsubame started the episode looking like the spooky, long straight hair monster Sadako in The Ring, then losing the hard mask to reveal half her face covered by a veil, which she would finally lose by the end of the episode revealing a gentle, beautiful girl.
It was also refreshing to see the plot changed. There was no name-whiffing climax that would mysteriously defeat the ayakashi of the week. In fact, the girl youkai that I’ve been calling Tsubame probably did not even have a proper name as the word Tsubame (燕) simply meant “swallow,” which she was one.
Now if only the writers would not only bring in the Goodie Two Shoes youkai’s…