The story of a guy and his true love, his right hand, contin
P. Krug | portland, oregon United States | 06/24/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The second volume in this series is every bit as good as the first one, and better still, this time they list the names of all the English voice actors of each of the main characters in the end credits. (The names of some of the English voice actors for minor backround characters are still left out, but that's not too bad.)
The first episode on this disk, (episode 6 of the series,) centers around Shiori, the elementary school girl who has a crush on Seiji. She's upset because her father, who is a widower, has remarried, and Shiroi thinks her deceased mother is being replaced. She'd rather stay with Seiji than her new stepmom, even though her dad's second wife really wants to get along with Shiori. Shiori is able to get her parents to let her spend a day with Seiji, which means Midori has to be kept out of sight most of the time. Soon Seiji's older sister Rin finds out about Shiori's feelings for Seiji, and promises to help her out. (By the way, there is NO older-guy-younger-girl romance in this anime, thankfully, because Seiji isn't the kind of guy do anything like that.)
In the next episode, Takako Ayase, the prim-and-proper female class president, goes on a date with Seiji. She used to look down on him, thinking he was just another no-good juvinile street punk, but now her attitude has changed completly, since he saved her from a street gang when no one eles would. Here she tells him she has two movie tickets. She says a friend of hers was going to go with her to see the film, but had to back out at the last minute. So Seiji agrees to go with her. He proves to be far too clueless to figure out that she's going on a date with him, even when she shows up in her best clothes and wearing make-up. (His reaction:"Aren't you dressed up a little to fancy for a movie?") Likewise, all other attemps by Ayase to get close to Seiji end in failure, even when she takes him to the clothes store and tries on about five different swimsuits. This episode makes you feel a great deal of sympathy for Ayase, yet you know it can't work out between them, because of Midori.
(Possible spoiler warning regarding the description of the next episode.)
The best episode here is the third one (episode 8). Seiji and Midori each dream that Midori goes back to being normal while Seiji becomes HER right hand! However, different things happen in each person's dream. The first indication that it's a dream comes when after watching the opening scene where Midori wakes Seiji up and tells him they've switched places, we go back and see the scene re-done where Seiji wakes Midori up and tells her about it. (This can be pretty confuseing, unless you realize it's a dream.) In Seiji's dream, he and Midori go out and buy a hot steamed potato for breakfast, then go to the shop where Seiji went to buy Midori clothes. While there, Midori is accosted by a man trying to take dirty pictures of her with his cell phone camera, but he is stopped by Shuichi, the glasses-wearing puppet obbsessie. Seiji also spends a good deal of time complaining about how it sucks to suddenly be the right hand, and Midori chees him up. In Midori's dream, she gives Seiji one of her shirts that says,"I 'heart' Seiji" on it, which Seiji doesn't like at all. Midori makes breakfast with Seiji's help (sort of,) they go to the doll's clothes store, but Midori decides not to go in, anticipating the possibility that perverts might lurk inside. She tells Seiji they'll buy raw materials for clothes instead, but then Midori runs into Beniko, an old friend of hers. They go to a coffie shop together, and Beniko tells of her frustrations of not being able to get a boyfriend, then leaves. Seiji urges Midori to follow her and try to talk to her some more, then they both wake up. Quite an interesting episode, in all.
The final episode on this disk is sort of two stories in one part, both of which focus on Shuichi. As it turns out, he has made a Midori website (without anyone eles' approval, of course,) which has gained a surprising amount of popularity. There is enough of a fanbase now that Shuichi has set up a stand at a doll conventions and is selling Midori hand puppets. This outrages Seiji at first, but then Midori tells him that if they get 50% of the prophets like Shuichi promises, their money problems will be solved, at least for awhile. So Seiji reluctantly agrees to go along. The dolls sell out, but then the people see the actual Midori and want to buy her too, which understandably causes trouble. Then, Shuichi tells Seiji and Midori he's fallen in love with a human girl. Surprisingly, (then again, perhaps not so much,) she turns out to be the spitting image of Marin, Shuichi's puppet. Midori and Shuichi fear the worst, and decide it might be best to scare the girl off rather than get them together.
If you were a fan of the first volume, this second one won't let you down!"
More character development in those Midori days
Daniel J. Hamlow | Narita, Japan | 07/08/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
Volume 2 of Midori Days shows a lot more character development in Seiji Sawamura, he with the right hand girlfriend, literally, but also that of Midori Kasugano and the uptight and sensible to a fault Takako Ayase, the other two main characters here. So more drama and less laughs compared to the first 5 episodes.
Seiji is now beset with all sorts of girl problems. First there is Shiori, the precocious pigtailed grade schooler who has a crush on Seiji. She's not adjusting well to her new stepmom and while her father and new mother are on their honeymoon, Seiji reluctantly looks after her. The tickled Shiori clings onto Seiji as if she were his girlfriend, something that freaks out Ayase. Seiji dating a grade schooler? Shiori's upset that she isn't taken seriously just because she is a kid. This leads to Seiji's big sister Rin conspiring with Shiori to mess with Seiji's head by having her dress up in hot costumes, which either bores or irritates Seiji instead of arousing him. "She's an ogre who likes ensnaring people," snarls Seiji.
Ayase, who has had a crush on Seiji since he rescued her from some toughs, enacts the "Get Sawamura plan," a point by point stratagem to get him to fall for her. Inviting him to a horror movie? No problem there, but her plans, such as the Big Dressed Up Plan, Heartbeat Cling Plan, and Big Heart Thawing Kiss Plan, fail either due to sheer bad luck or Seiji's lack of proper response. Her trying on bathing suits in cheesecake poses doesn't faze him at all. This relieves Midori, who's protective of Seiji, but at the same time, she feels a bit sorry for Ayase, who has gone all out to get Seiji.
However, the presence of romance novels and girl-oriented manga instead of reference books in Ayase's room reveals that despite not showing her feminine side at school, she is a girl after all. The same can be said for Shiori, who despite being a child, is still a girl.
Then, the very unthinkable happens. Seiji wakes up and finds himself as Midori's right hand!
In that same episode, Midori's high school classmate Iwasaki is introduced, and she says some things that relate to Shiori and Ayase's feelings for Seiji, not to mention Midori's as well. After telling Midori how a classmate confessed her feelings to a boy, she says, "You have to get your nerve up to say things. [But] it's not like everyone can make things work by courage." So it goes both ways, how even if someone does work things out, one can always get turned down, as Seiji and it turns out Iwasaki has been as well.
So where is Midori Days set? A clue might be when, for their date, Ayase tells Seiji to meet her at Hoshikawa station. There is a Hoshikawa in Tokyo, on the local Soutetsu line leading from Yokohama. Given that Seiji rides the monorail to school, that could be the Tokyo Monorail line he takes. However, the second kanji in Hoshikawa is different in the anime. Any ideas?
Takamizawa, aka Takky, the anime freak with his Marin-chan glove puppet, returns in a hilarious episode where his memory recovers regarding Midori, and he opens up Midori's Little Room, a homepage, using pictures he took of Midori. However, he goes one further by creating Midori hand puppets which he hawks at the Wonder Comic Bazaar. His unabashed behaviour causes some discomfort to Seiji. Oh yes, Takky has a heroic scene where he saves Midori from a shady guy who uses his camera to snap pictures under her skirt.
Seiji may be a bit clueless and brusque, but his gentle side comes out in a scene where Midori asks him if he still considers her a burden. He tells her that she isn't and that he understands how she feels. "So don't talk about burdens anymore. That in itself is a burden."
Not a bad continuation to the series.