Wow, this ended up being the most picture-centric post in a long while. I guess I just like the subject matter! I’m a few days late with this, but the 2nd episode of Rosario to Vampire is out, and we do get several important questions answered. However, due to the NSFW nature of some of the pictures, I’ll have to ask you to head below the fold after the first few questions.
Before we get into the questions raised by this episode, I will mention one other question they answered. I was wondering how Moka would keep other guys from harassing Tskune and finding out he’s a human/pushover. Well, she may be a bit of an airhead, but she’s not stupid: she spread the word that it was Tskune that took down last week’s bad guy. So now, none of the guys want to mess with him. On the other hand, one of the girls wants to mess with her, through him, and that’s where the trouble starts.
Now, to the questions…
Who is this bat, and why is he always breaking the fourth wall? For lack of a better name, and in the tradition of “Pyoro,” I’m going to call him Chuu. (Note that whenever Moka bites Tskune, the picture cuts to a classic shot of “lipstick lips” and a we hear a high pitched “chuuuuuuuuu” sung, almost “chyuuuuu”. Would chu = kiss?
This is actually a pretty cute series so far. Whereas GSNK was fanservice and stupidity, R+V is fanservice that doesn’t shoot for the lowest common denominator, even while it’s pandering. (Hm. Oddly, I wrote “demoninator” at first. Gotta wonder about that…) Actually, I think it would be more accurate to say that it doesn’t require the viewer to turn his brain off to watch it. Comparing this show to the prior season’s harem fanservice entry is no contest. Whereas Mayu would constantly break character and vamp Shungo unintentionally or for the stupidest of reasons (if any), and Reika had to develop multiple personalities to do the same, these girls throw themselves at Tskune while staying entirely within character. Also, in GSNK, we could never be sure just how much danger Shungo was in from either Mayu or Reika. Here we know for certain, Tskune is in constant danger of being found out and killed. The result is a much higher tension and comedy level; one that doesn’t keep the viewer wincing and wondering if this show is too stupid to watch.