Sasami & Kagami (Sasagami?)
I gladly take all the heat you wish to send my way after I confess that yes, I just started watching this show when it’s like, on episode 11 already! I actually started on it when it first aired since this is SHAFT we are talking about here, and since this is not a harem (at least I think it isn’t), I figured why not? Let’s put this onto the list of pre-screening. That list was actually pretty huge, it had Tamako, Vividred, Yama no, Mangirl, Love Live, Senran Kagura, Sukunai 2, Minami-ke and Sasami-san@Ganbaranai obviously. Guess how many made me get to episode 2? You already know the answer to that. AKB0048 is on my very-to-watch list but since I am waiting for the BDs of season 1 to be subbed so I can start from the beginning, all I am doing now is collecting every episode so that when the time comes, I am marathoning the gods out of it!!!
So, what made me decide to get back to Sasami-san after all this time? Simple actually. While I was lurking at one of my favourite bloggers (Kurogane) hood, I saw a line that totally whipped me silly and fished me out of the waters…
Courtesy of Kurogane
That was from episode 10! So you must imagine how fast I dissed everything I was planning to do and went to the Tokyo Library to grab every single episode of Sasami-san. You see, it wasn’t even the yuri that got me watching this again but girl, am I ever glad I did. I mean I haven’t even gotten to the episode that forced me back into the show and I am already splitting jaws!
Okay, I am not going to even try to understand the plot of this show and who is what in it because my mind simply cannot keep up (City of gods? Stronger gods control weaker gods? Amaterasu the meanest muthafakkar around? Onii-chan is the wielder of Amaterasu’s power? The power that belonged to Sasami until a few years ago? But it turns out that Oniichan didn’t actually have the power in th first place and Yagami Onee-chan is actually the real Amaterasu and gave her power to Sasami? So what, is Sasami now the strongest fakka around?)
See what I mean?
And so, I choose to stick to what I know and are most interest in. The Yuri, or to those nay-sayers, beautiful friendship. Though I saw signs from the earlier episodes (I cheated okay? I was already watching out for Sasami/Kagami which is why I picked up the vibes way earlier) but episode 5 is where things get interesting. I don’t think I’ve ever taken so many caps of an episode like I did the 5th episode of Sasami-san. I had to eliminate a lot (almost half) of the caps for this post but mistake me not, I kept everything for the pleasure of nexus7ing in my leisure time.
Actually, practically speaking this episode could be summed up in one simple line.
Sasami and Kagami become friends.
Nothing too otherworldly interesting, am I right?
Despite that simple truth, I don’t think I remember seeing an episode of two people becoming friends and moving me as much as this single episode did. Any other relationship would have taken a full arc to pull this amount of feels from anyone watching as two people become friends.
I became silly, I laughed, I cried and I got tots pissed off all in the course of one episode at a character that is already one of the two favourites. No other episode has ever done that to me!
KyoAni can fail to deliver for all I care because who gives a tick about romance when SHAFT delivers friendship like this!