--- In Yuricon@yahoogroups.com
, sean@c... wrote:
> OK, I am a huge Touko fan, but I will admit this is not
> her finest hour. She's not evil, in my opinion, she's
> just pushy. She has an aura of 'I know how to fix
> everything, so I will do it' to her that's both
> irritating and endearing. But yeah, throwing the beads
> was wrong.
I was rewatching this, and like Sege mentioned, remmbered my own
warning to watch it as if the characters were people. It instantly
became more explicable.
Touko is a spoiled, entitled 15 year old. insensitivity is not unusual
or even unexpected in such a child.
Say "spoiled brat" and it all makes sense.
> That being said, I was startled when I saw this subbed
> to realize how Rei and Sachiko were in on EVERYTHING.
> I had assumed that Touko merely went ahead with what
> she wanted and they played 'make sure she doesn't go
> too far'. But no, she told them the entire plan and
> they WENT ALONG WITH IT. I mean, I love Touko and
> all, but this was a dumb plan. It's even clear she
> mentioned throwing the beads, as Rei and Sachiko's
> reactions show they knew it would happen.
Yes. And as we discussed last night, the road to hell is paved with
good intentions. Neither Rei, nor Sachiko are good at reaching
outwards. They are both introspective (and probably introverted, as
well. In fact, if you look at the Yamayurikai *we* know, it seems that
the leadership is typically natural introverts forced to be
extroverted by circumstance. Now...who does that remind me
So, Sachiko and rei want to help their friend, but are not the kind of
people to walk up and say, "Say, Shimako, we know you have this
secret, and we want you to tell everyone and get it off your
shoulders." It wouldn't work in any case.
So, like so MANY well-meaning friends, they do something unbelievably
insensitive and crude to force the issue.
> I think, more than anything, this shows that the
> current Yamayurikai (Sachiko, Rei, and Shimako) have
> one huge, huge problem that runs through all three of
> them - passivity.
I'd argue introversion, and youth, but that's me.
Shimako is slightly different -
> she's not easily led by more assertive characters like
> Rei and Sachiko are, but she still rarely takes the
> initiative. This is, I think, one reason why Touko's
> plan went through as is. I mean hell, even Eriko and
> Sei would have agreed a quiet chat was best. Both
> Sachiko and Rei seem slightly OOC here - the smugness
> they radiate not only doesn't suit them, it doesn't
> fit with the fact that this was all Touko's plan.
The OOC part was, IMHO, SUPPOSED to be OOC. Sachiko and Rei were
cracking UP as they looked over Noriko. They were "playing Rosa" and
what is the point of a little power if you cant flaunt it? :-)
I don't think they meant anything by it. Particularly Rei - she's been
the subordinate of a woman who barely talks to her for a two years...I
think she was just feeling her oats a little.
> The other thing that struck me was how much this
> reminded me of the current blogosphere campaign to
> 'out' prominent right-wing Republicans as gay.
> Shimako was essentially being outed as Buddhist in
> front of all the first-years, and while Sachiko and
> Rei clearly wanted to show 'you think this is a huge
> problem, but it's really not' it's somewhat callous
> and insensitive on their parts.
Yes. But it happens - all the time. People think its the "right thing
> --Touko needs a spinoff of her own - maybe a Murder,
> --She Wrote type show...
The funy thing was, I thought of the "Murdered, She Was..." idea too -
every week, Touko dies a different horrible death. LOL
I have to admit, watching this the second time around made me dislike
her *less.* Because it was that much more obvious how young and
clueless she is. (I watched this on top of 13 raw, again, so was able
to see how completely socially retarded she was - she's *clearly* an
only child of indulgent parents. )