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Kami-sama no Memo-chou 02: Thai girl Thai girl, burning bright

Identification: Kusakabe Meo, impossibly innocent and spunky young adult.

Right. I’ve given up on holding back spoilers or anything because it requires more brainpower to not mention details than to mention them, and I’ve got a headache.

Do pardon the hideous pun in the header.

Assumption: Thai girls have no sense of personal space.

Meo is, for all intents and purposes, a Thai Hirasawa Yui. Without the heavenly guitar playing skills, but that’s probably because there’s no guitar around for her to mess with.

Alice got off lucky. If Meo was more prepared she’d have ended up wearing nekomimi and being force-fed tea and cakii.

Inference: Kusakabe Sr works fast. Way to go, pops.

Assuming that Meo is 16, that means Kusakabe Sr had her when he was 22. I’m 21. I certainly hope I won’t find myself raising a kid next year, even if she was chibi Hirasawa Yui.

That said I do like how Alice got her information that fast. It’s not exactly difficult to pull up anyone’s personal details nowadays. Although the ease of access seems to imply that the Japanese government record protection’s flimsier than a wet paper bag.

Conclusion: Meo is strong.

Consider that based on US currency, one bill weighs approximately one gram. I’ll go ahead and assume that Japanese bills also weigh about one gram each.

There is 200 million Yen in that bag, which works out to 20,000 ¥10,000 notes, which works out to 20 kilograms, not counting the bag, which looks like it’s made of heavy thick leather.

Meo’s been shouldering that bag with no visible effort. Hence, Meo is strong.

I expect a fight scene next episode in which she’ll kick ass.

Presumption: Narumi's got daddy issues.

I don’t actually understand why Narumi’s so busted up about it though. Most of my friends would have been happy if their parents only came home 5 days a year.

Although maybe it’s got something to do with his mother passing away. I’m hoping that’s not the case.

Related observation: Ayaka’s got similar problems, namely that her parents are separated. She doesn’t specify if they’re divorced though.

Which leads us to the next point.

Broken Aesop: You must come from a screwed up background to get cool, awesome detective buddies.

Let’s just say I wouldn’t be surprised if the NEET members each had some sort of family issues, exemplified by whether they have a normal home to return to.

Of the lot of them, Hiroaki lives with his girlfriends/clients, Tetsuo probably bums at restaurants/manga cafes, Yondaime’s a Yakuza boss. And of course Alice stays in an apartment by herself.

Only Mukai seems to have some sort of normal background and he’s intent on screwing up his life.

Hey, if it worked for Batman and Po, it’ll work for you too.

Induction: Japanese porn sites don't have malware.

And from the dialogue one more conjecture can be derived – Yakuza look at porn together. There can only be one conclusion for this particular train of thought.

I find myself looking forward to the Yakuza bits in each episode. Pure comedy gold.

Opinion: This is the sort of fanservice I appreciate and want.

I want cute scenes of Alice that feel like hammer blows to my chest.

I don’t want coarse, suggestive camera angles that linger over her prepubescent, underdeveloped frame, implying that I can be sexually excited by a 14-year old.

I’m a moetard, not a lolicon. Big difference there.

Observation: Narumi is a douche.

Nice. You couldn’t handle your own daddy issues so you vented it on Meo.

So I found Meo’s optimism annoying, and someone needed to be realistic with her, but that was cold.

Hypothesis: Something was lost in translation.

I managed to follow the case pretty closely right up to the part Alice decides to take Kusakabe Sr’s words literally and discovers a mobile phone sewn into the bag.

“Your mother in heaven is with you.” Maybe it’s the headache, but I don’t see how that translates to “I sewed a mobile phone into the bag lining”. I’m assuming it’s a pun or wordplay. Or maybe Thai Heaven is the inside of a bag filled with cash (I ain’t judging).

I will be terribly disappointed if this turns out to be  Bat Logic. Very very disappointed.

Speculation: Meo's the real antagonist.

I refuse to believe that she’s as dumb as she sounds. Or as innocent.

It’s a wild guess, but maybe she sicced the Yakuza onto her dad knowing that she would then be able to make off with 200 million Yen. And she went to Alice to figure out how detectives would approach the case so she’d know what mistakes to avoid. Then she’ll make a break for it once Alice and the others get wiped out by the Yakuza, tidying up all loose ends.

Alternatively she really is that dumb and innocent and it’s all an elaborate coming-of-age trial orchestrated by Kusakabe Sr.

Cake and grief counseling will be available at the conclusion of the test.

  1. July 18, 2011 at 2:50 am

    She’s not dumb, that’s for sure. The fact that she might be in cahoots with the Yakuza can’t be disgarded either, but I don’t think that was the case… or was it?

    • JohnnyYandere
      July 18, 2011 at 7:54 am

      I can’t tell if she’s actually dumb, or she only appears to be because of imprecise animation/voice acting.

  2. July 19, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    Hurh. Portal reference at the end.

    And terrible poetic pun at the beginning.

    Do I win internets?

    • JohnnyYandere
      July 19, 2011 at 10:11 pm

      You win cake lies spaaaaace.

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