[Posted @ 3:09 PM]
Yesterday, I dreamt that Nagisa ended up with Tamao. Holy crap, is that a bad omen?! *cries* There was even an SD scene where Shizuma and Chiyo looked at the compromising position Nagisa and Tamao were in with clutched fists and ‘pissed’ marks on the back of their heads LOL.
God, I think, no I AM falling in the love with the new OP lol, sooo … ah, how do I put it? Hm, sexy, yes good word haha but there’s nothing revealing in the words, but I just felt that way. Especially at the Amane x Hikari scene, the words ‘Koi o shite [Missing] kuchibiru ka, setsuna sani anata dake o yonda’ Kyaahhhh~ sooo sexy hahaha.
Okok, first, we’re given the bird’s eye view of Astraea Hill while Tamao narrated that St Miator, St Lulim and St Spica collaboratation of Astraea Cultural Day is coming soon, the most enticipated event would be when the students from the junior high school and high school, regardless of the schools will come together to each organize a play, the Ichigo-sha play. Tamao’s praying in front of the Maria-sama statue, Nagisa went over and asked what happening. Just as Tamao’s going to tell Nagisa what happened, scene switched off to the student council meeting between the three schools in the student council room. Rokujou-kaichou read out 3 play titles and asked them to choose one. Shion voted for ‘Phantom of the Opera’, Chikaru said that that play had been acted out 5 years ago so she’s for ‘Carmen’ as it’s quite well suited. Shion raised an objection saying that there are only 2 main characters for ‘Carmen’ and there are 3 schools. Although it’s St Lulim and St Spica’s turn to act while St Miator’s responsible for the backstage preparations, this year’s Etoile [Shizuma] is from St Miator and according to their tradition, the Etoile’s always involved in the play, so that leaves only one place for either St Lulim or St Spica to fill in. Shion continued that according to her, Carmen naturally would be Shizuma and as for Don Jose [The main male character] she felt that Amane’s the best candidate so St Lulim would be left with no major roles. Chikaru replied that she don’t mind lol. Shion acted like everything had been settled and said, well then ‘Carmen’ it is. Momomi spoke up saying that would it be impolite? Kanade added that well after all, St Lulim’s Chikaru-kaichou is a talented actress, Momomi continued, Rokujou-kaichou’s supposed to allocate the roles as she’s responsible for the preparations and to just decide Shizuma to be Carmen and Amane to be Don Jose without consulting Rokujou-kaichou, isn’t it …
The next day, the whole of Astraea Hill knew that the play’s going to be ‘Carmen’ this year and the girls were gossiping about the roles of Carmen and Jon Dose supposing to be Shizuma and Amane respectively. [XD Amane x Shizuma] Shion smirked as she heard the rumours spread, thinking to herself that there’s no reason for Rokujou to object to the roles. During dinner, Chihaya and Noriko asked who Tamao had in mind to play the main roles, Tamao replied that the casting would be Rokujou’s decision. Over at the St Spica side, Hikari told Amane that she’s happy that Amane’s starring as Jon Dose for the Astraea play and looking forward for it. Amane turned, blushing, said that if she could, she doesn’t want to act in the play lol. Suddenly, Shion’s voice pierced in, demanding how could Amane not want to act in the play everyone’s looking forward to while displaying her shiny um forehead lol and saying that there’s nothing Amane can’t do lol. Amane looked reluctant, so Shion turned to Hikari for ‘backup’, saying Hikari would like to see it too while trying to put up a begging cute puppy face lol. Amane, left with little choice, sighed and probably agreed. That night, Tamao’s still rushing for her script, Nagisa didn’t want to bother Tamao’s concentration and left the room after leaving a note behind. [The serious expression on Tamao’s face was kawaii~] Scene changed to the St Lulim side as Chikaru’s busy sketching out the costumes for the play while Kizuna and Lemon were um, thumb wrestling haha. Kizuna and Lemon were complaining about the fact that their Chikaru-sama’s popularity was lower than Amane and Shizuma. Chikaru was like sketching away and saying how honoured it was to be ranked under Amane and Shizuma lol. [Sooo Shizuru-kaichou from Mai Hime like XD]
As the two were thumb wrestling, Kizuna said that Chikaru’s most suitable to be Carmen, Lemon added that in terms of acting, Chikaru’s skills were not below Shizuma’s, just then, Kizuna lunged forward and kissed Lemon lol. They fell backwards, Kizuna started to count down and she won. [The game of thumb wrestling, briefly to speak is just to pin the other party’s thumb for a certain number of time, in this case, ten, so Kizuna won. The kiss was well, kinda of random but not random lol as Kizuna probably wanted to catch Lemon unprepared then do the count down, sneaky XD.] Lemon’s only complain was ‘Sneaky.’, probably they did it a number of times perhaps? Haha. Chikaru was perfectly calm too, as she continued sketching and saying she doesn’t mind not having a role in the play as long as she could design the costumes =). [Can’t wait to see the designs Chikaru made, it must be very beautiful considering Kizuna and Lemon’s reactions haha.] Anyways, back to St Miator, Nagisa had left her room to allow Tamao to concentrate on her script writing. As she was looking at the sky, she heard Shizuma’s voice asking her why was she out this late. Nagisa replied that she didn’t want to bother Tamao’s concentration then she said that she really wanted to see Shizuma in the play as Carmen. Shizuma shrugged and replied but she was already the lead last year so this doesn’t seem to interest her anymore. Shizuma went on asking if Nagisa would like to practice the play’s lines with her before the roles were assigned. Nagisa happily agreed. [Really peaceful scene, hard to imagine that Shizuma had attempted to bed Nagisa just hm 3 episodes ago aha, well I’m glad to see that at least they are not shunning each other.] That morning, Tamao finally finished her script and showed it to Rokujou who was impressed and satisfied with it.
During dinnertime, Rokujou announced finalized cast of the play, ‘Carmen’, Shion looking really smug probably thinking everything’s going according to her plan but surprise surprise! LoL. [The way Rokujou’s announced made me feel like she’s reading out 4D or something LOL!!!! I was almost expecting her to say, ‘Consolation Prize, 4879, 3437, 3500, 3884 … LOL.] When Rokujou pronounced the role of ‘Carmen’ goes to … everyone in the room turned their head towards Shizuma lol. But no, the role went to Minamoto Chikaru, St Lulim Student Council President instead! Everyone went ‘EHHH?!’ except Kizuna and Lemon who were hugging each other with glee. The ever modest Chikaru stood up, saying she’s honoured but not sure she was up to Rokujou’s expectations and besides she had to design the costumes too … Rokujou merely smiled and said, sorry to add more to your burden but if you could please work hard on both. Chikaru smiled, thanked Rokujou and turned to everyone bowing and promising to work to her fullest. Everyone clapped. Rokujou continued, next for the role of Don Jose would be given to … scene switched to Amane …but switch to Rokujou announcing, Hanazono Shizuma. Amane breathed out a sigh of relief LOL that was truly hilarious. Shion’s looking very pissed while Kaname and Momomi were looking rather smug at their president’s plan failure. Next, the role for Don Jose’s superior, Lieutenant Zuniga would be Kenjou Kaname [Kaname and Momomi were stunned too] and as Don Jose’s fiancé, Micaela would be Kiyashiki Momomi. [Another stunned look lol]
Lastly, Escamillo, a bullfighter and Carmen’s lover would be given to Ootori Amane [=O], Amane was like stumbling, ‘but but but I …’ lol Hikari was like shinning with happiness and Yaya who saw the expression on Hikari’s face, was crestfallen. As everyone clapped, Shion was like major pissed off. [I love Shion’s expressions when the unexpected cast was read out, classic WTF face lol] Back in the room, Tamao praised Rokujou for having good foresight, as in last year’s play, Chikaru was the 4th or 5th leading actress but her performance was the best. Tamao noticed Nagisa staring at her and questioned her, Nagisa didn’t reply, merely asked Tamao what her assigned role which was to be a backstage coordinator all about. Tamao replied, well, it’s an important role as she has to ensure the actresses get on the stage. Just then, Chihaya opened the door and said that something had happened. Scene changed to the confrontation between Shion and Rokujou at the end of the staircase. Shion’s yelling why wasn’t Shizuma as Carmen when everyone’s so supportive of it? Rokujou replied that the roles were not given according to their popularity but audience’s enjoyment of the well-cast play. Shion retorted, if the audience can’t see what they want to see, is that enjoyable? Besides, Chikaru’s busy with the costume designs, isn’t that inappropriate? Rokujou replied that she believe Chikaru could do both things perfectly at the same time. Turning her side facing Shion, Rokujou placed a harder tone as she say that she felt that she’s pampering St Spica a little, St Lulim, Chikaru took the Carmen role, St Miator, Shizuma took the Don Jose role, while the other three ‘lead roles’ were all given to St Spica, doesn’t that satisfy you in terms of numbers?, Rokujou ended with a sarcastic tone. Defeated, Shion excused herself and stormed off. After Shion left, Rokujou asked Tamao to help Chikaru in the costume designs and as the scriptwriter help the student council in the preparations. Tamao delightedly agreed. [Tamao’s really shining in this episode as she was really involved in the play.]
At the Ichigo-sha, the Junior High students also had to put up a play and they had agreed on ‘Romeo and Juliet’. Yaya seemed to be the overall organizer of the play as she was trying to coordinate everyone. Kizuna began yelling that she want to be Romeo, Lemon yelled she want to be Juliet then, Tsubomi also wanted to be Juliet. As Chiyo wanted to probably say she want to be Juliet, Tsubomi told her that it’s a waste as the students of St Miator were supposed to be in the play preparations. Suddenly Yaya pushed open the scene lol [like a door] and told everyone not to make decisions on their own … besides Yaya murmured, I wanted to be Romeo … [LOL!] Kagome threw Ashibaru in the air, Kizuna translated that as ‘Ashibaru wants to be Romeo too!’ Lemon suggested having an Amidakuji [A Japanese method of lottery] while Kizuna suggested Janken [Scissors, paper, stone]. Meanwhile, Chikaru’s showing her designs to Rokujou and Tamao who were all impressed with it. Back to the Junior High girls, lol they decided to make do with thumb wrestling instead, the last two, Kagome and Yaya compete for the role, Romeo! In the end, Kagome won with no sweat at all lol. Tsubomi walked in and announced, well then, I’ll be Juliet then~ Everyone went …[With some groans and whines lol] LOL till Tsubomi yelled for them to clap haha. [Haha, I like the scenes where Kagome’s toying with her teddy bear, Ashibaru. Very random.] Ohhh, bath scene, Kaname and Momomi were in the bathtub, taking pleasure at Shion’s pissed expressions during dinner time. The two planned to shine during the play and ended the bath scene with a full front kiss and suggestive closing …
Meanwhile, Yaya’s doing her usual angsty expression as Hikari went to look for Amane and even offered to help Amane with her play. At the St Miator side, Shizuma and Nagisa were practicing with each other [I mean the play lines, not what you think perverts lol] outside under the garden lamp. The lines Shizuma said kinda sound like a real life confession, Nagisa followed the script, posing as the haughty Carmen, LOL sooo cute, you have to see the episode to get the feeling, it’s really weird to see Nagisa acting all arrogant and the tone of her voice was so fake lol. [Good job, Mai-san!] The best part was when Nagisa forgotten her lines, she looked up her script book and went on like nothing’s wrong LOL!!! Of course, Shizuma chuckled, no she practically laughed till her tears came out as Nagisa blushed and pouted. Shizuma apologized for laughing and thanked Nagisa for everything in this sweet tone, especially when the way she rolled out ‘Nagisa … whoa. Nagisa blushed and murmured, ‘Etoile-sama …’ [A really calm, sweet, innocent pace here.] – END –
I’m seriously looking forward to seeing Chikaru as Carmen, I think she’s really talented and especially after watching her crazy and unpredictable actions in episode 8, I have no doubt she’ll bring out the best as Carmen. 2 kiss scenes in an episode? This is getting crazy lol, they’re seriously trying to make up for the ‘kiss less’ 11 episodes? LOL. Oh the bath scene was hot, haha, alright no comments. XD. Hm, alright Shion don’t make a good manipulator, although she thinks she IS, but she’s not, as everything she did backfire on her LOL. I love the WTF expressions … and the scenes where she made this ‘sweety’ face to gain attention. Ew. Lastly, Strawberry Panic! would never be complete with a little of Yaya angst in between haha XD. Oh by the way, Junior High consist of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd graders, while the High School consist of the 4th, 5th and 6th graders =). Not very looking forward to Kagome or rather Ashibaru?! as Romeo and Tsubomi as Juliet, lol I have this feeling it’s going to be a comedy instead LOL.
Oh the preview, Kaname with a broom?! A pissed Shizuma protecting Nagisa?! I bet Kaname must had tried to hit on … um as in seducing or maybe bully Nagisa! Shizuma’s definitely not a pushover like Amane … to let you have your way *Hmph!* Go Shizuma!
EDIT: I just realized something. Whenever Tamao’s busy, away or preoccupied with something, Nagisa and Shizuma’s relationship goes very deep and ended up quite shocking lol, like in the greenhouse episode and summer vacation episode. Tamao realized it too however in this episode, she’s really into the play that probably gives Shizuma more chances to develop with Nagisa in this ‘Astraea Cultural Play’ epic. Looking forward to more Nagisa x Shizuma action … [looking from the preview XD] Ohh yeah, when I rewatched the episode last night, hm I realized the scene where Nagisa and Shizuma were practicing their lines outside, before that, there’s a dark shadow from one of the rooms looking down at them. Is that Tamao? Ohhh. Spooky. LoL.
Art: 7/10 [Soso]
Story: 7/10 [Quite an unexpected enjoyable episode lol.]
Characters: 7/10 [Chikaru~!]
Oh yeah, here’s a bonus for being late, brace up for Amane x Shizuma lovers =O, click here. Cya!
[Signing off @ 6:21 PM]