Saturday, August 31, 2013

Pillows Are Too Soft

Last week's duel was between Karou Kozue and Ohtori Kanae.   The feeling of alienation that brought Kanae into the ring was no match for the desperation of Kozue.  The black ring dissolved to ash as Kanae fails to move on to the next round. 

Round 1, Duel 7:
Chu-chu versus Kunihiko Ikuhara

Yes, our final two brackets our the INSANE-O CRAZY DUELS!!!  Chu-chu is our cute animal mascot, some even say IS representative of Ikuhara (or Akio, depending on who you're talking to).  Chu-chu loves to eat, stare aimlessly, and defend Anthy to the best of his under one-foot ability.  Chu-chu has body swapped with Saionji and wielded a small kendo stick but has also attempted to utilize a fork as an offensive instrument.  Kunihiko Ikuhara is the animation director and lead "let's do this!" guy for Utena.  While the show is full of symbolism, Ikuhara sheds very little light into what it should be leaving it open for the viewer's interpretation.  Ikuhara has dressed up as Sailor Mars (as he was animation director for Sailor Moon) so we'll assume that his preferred weapon is magical.  Who will progress to Round 2?


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