Amanchu! Advance Episode 2: Octopus Girl

There’s something I will address at the end of this post.

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Pikari’s new friend.

We joined Pikari working at Grandma’s place when she spotted a girl heading toward the rocky reef. Intrigued she followed her down.

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Mom octopus.

There Pikari showed the girl a octopus mom’s nest along with her eggs. The two excitedly talked about Octomom. The girl then compared both Octomom and herself to manly men, hinting she’d the daughter of a family of sailors. Dunno if the mom’s also a sailor. Anyway Pikari introduced herself but when she asked the girl she wouldn’t. Not yet anyway.

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Teko excited to go watch fireworks with Pikari.

Teko went back to attend a memorial service. When she told Pikari when she’d be back she remembered that the fireworks festival would be on that way. The two were psyched to go together. When Teko asked what kind of yukata Pikari would wear she said it’s a secret, prompting Teko to remember her past experience with friends and their secrets. More on that later.

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Octopus vs Eel.

The next day Pikari saw the girl again looking for the nest. She would show her where it was in exchange for her name, Kokoro. They saw an eel that was about to attack Octomom’s nest. Kokoro couldn’t fight the eel but luckily Octomom wasn’t a pushover and a battle ensued. Octomom was bruised but victorious. Kokoro felt bad she couldn’t help protect the eggs but it’s all good.

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Mato-chan’s still gorgeous.

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Pikari likes Teko’s yukata….or rather Teko in a yukata.

I won’t be talking much about the fireworks festival. Just the bullet points. When Pikari said she’s looking for Kokoro, the girl she went on a date with Teko showed concern but did her best not to lose her cool.

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Baby Mato-chan seeing the fireworks.

An adorable child who grew up to become a bodacious teacher.

Back in the present Pikari had a secret surprise in store for everyone and when she revealed it Teko learned that secrets or to be more specific surprises can be pretty cool.

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Awesome.

Pikari didn’t spot Kokoro at the festival. She did see her the next day all sad. She couldn’t find Octomom. Pikari explained that female octopi only live up to a month after giving birth. Basically a deep discussion regarding the circle of life and the beauty of GOD’s green Earth. Good stuff.

Now for a Serious OG moment. I mentioned on Twitter that I would be talking about this topic after discussing episode 2 so here we are. After sharing my excitement for PikaTeko’s triumphant return after the premiere episode some people who read ahead in the Amanchu! manga popped up to warn others the “ship sank” to put it mildly. Some were even appalled by my not making a bigger deal out of it. Here’s the thing. This isn’t the first time an anime introduced a yuri ship only to have it shot down later in the manga. Sometimes it happened immediately. Some anime where potential ships were ruined in later of the manga include Mai-HiME and Mai-Otome (Luckily the manga went in a most direction from their anime counterparts), Inari, Konkon Koi Iroha and (these two I’m not sure about) Chu-Bra and Mikagura Gakuen Kumikyoku. Some anime where ships I was into sank include Galilei Donna, Houkago no Pleiades, and Tamako Market. So yes I’m not blind to this. However, the reason I’m not crying to the heavens or cursing humanity is because most of the examples I gave (except Inari and maybe Chu-Bra) the anime versions went in a different direction. Just because the ship sank in the manga doesn’t automatically mean the anime will do the same. It depends on the writers and what they want to do with the story.

Long story short my love for PikaTeko is far from gone. Now if FOR SOME REASON the anime goes down the same path of destruction the manga did (I have no idea how readers lost hope in humanity and I don’t care in all honesty as I didn’t bother reading the manga after S1 ended)…we’ll cross that bridge should that come to pass. Until then I am not deterred. So yeah. That’s where I stand. People who are appalled by this decision, to you I say “I’m not changing my mind unless I see the destruction with my own eyes in the anime”.

PS: I know some are going to bring up Euphonium. I said this before but I was never on board the KumiRei  train despite them having several moments. So no my heart didn’t break in episode 12 (or was it 11? Whatever) I got what I wanted from that show. Hopefully they won’t pull a Tamako Love Story with the upcoming sequel movie. Seriously, that would feel forced up the wazoo.

PPS: If you want me to listen to what you have to say don’t use a username that’s insulting or degrading. I also ignore troll comments.

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28 Responses to Amanchu! Advance Episode 2: Octopus Girl

  1. cirno9fan says:

    I don’t know why you’re calling Kokoro a girl…even without reading about the manga this was CRAZY obvious that pikari had created some delusional bubble regarding Kokoro. And this is certainly not a case of a girl in a boy’s body or anything like that. He identifies as a boy.

    Anyway, it’s frustrating because if it runs like the manga, then it’ll happen at the very end. That’s what makes it such a pain. it’s going to be like it never happened and then all of a sudeen that incident takes place.

    Either way, I will continue watching for now. I didn’t like this episode though. Most of it felt pretty pointless. The fireworks scene was nice.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Pikari said -chan and I didn’t question it. also blame the CR subs if you want.

      I would not advise to continue watching in a panicked state but I won’t stop you if you want to continue.

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      • cirno9fan says:

        I’m not in a panicked state. I dodn’t really care at this point. If it happens, it happens.

        It’s just such a terribly done scene that is obviously hiding an obvious fact….

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  2. Red says:

    While I always knew deep down that this series would never develop a true romance, I must admit that knowing where the manga goes kind of dampens things. I could create an illusion for myself, so to speak, but that’s a lot harder when I know what’s actually coming.

    I’ll keep watching, though. Madoka knows we’ve dealt with greater heartbreak.

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  3. LuzeriP says:

    I thought Kokoro was a boy with the hair and the voice and hello, his name is Kokoro. The only different was the way he speaks. Oh well it doesn’t bother me nonetheless. I think it was a great episode. Learning about octopus and the circle of life. Call me cheesy but I almost shed some tears.

    About PikaTeko they’re still sweet with each and I’m happy about it. People read the manga, great. But why can’t we enjoy the show and mad about it when it happens. I got to say I’m a little disappointed with this situation. But I’m not gonna let people ruin my joy.

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    • OG-Man says:

      Blame the CR subs. I didn’t give it much thought myself. Pikari said “-chan” and I rolled with it.

      Same here. Rather than being stressed I’m just going with the flow right now.

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  4. Dante Smith says:

    To be fair, the “TekoPika” is an extremely strong one and not even a huge iceberg can sink it. Brothers and sisters, what happened in that last episode was just weather turbulence so there wasn’t anythin’ too significant to damage our beloved ship.

    But still, if the ship did sink, they can still dive together aye…. 🙂

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    • OG-Man says:

      That’s the spirit dood. Better to keep your spirits up than panic.

      Probably. Would be sad though.

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      • Dante Smith says:

        I just recently browse through the latest chapter of the manga and what we saw in ep.02 was just a warning, a bad premonition that one day something far worse than our comprehension might arrive and sink the ship.

        Many people have already dropped both the manga and the anime due to “several” reasons but I personally think that what lies ahead is a test, not only for Teko and Pikari but for us as well to see if we can still have faith in them as well as they have in each other.

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  5. Mauron says:

    As usual, Teko and Pikari are quite in love. Pikari should choose her words more carefully when discussing new people she’s met.

    Without knowing the details of this potential ship sinker, I will say they’ll have to be very convincing on what they do. If they were to publicly state they aren’t dating, it would be about as effective as publicly stating they have no hair. A private discussion would probably go over as a joke.

    If they actually go as far as giving one of them a boyfriend, they’d have to make it convincing, and not a “we’re totally dating, oh look there’s Teko, watch me sparkle.”

    Having a username pronounced “moron” isn’t too insulting or degrading, right? 😛

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  6. philipbaxton says:

    If the ship sinks I won’t be too sad. I wasn’t watching the show solely because of that. This is a sweet lighthearted sol anime that is so relaxing. Even if they don’t end up together they still make each other happy and will always have an inseparable bond.

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  7. afezeriamiku says:

    As long as they didn’t end up with a boy and just remained single, that’s fine by me. But J.C staff should totally put it a different direction on their own regarding it (of course I’m hoping for a more higher level of subtext) or leave it up to the viewer’s imagination. Then again, based on what the studio has worked on in the past, it’s probably a no no. Just don’t go down the hetero route, dammit.

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  8. Pastrana Sigma says:

    what happened to our ship D:

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  9. Cannibal says:

    Warned you all last week. First ship to sink this season and so soon.

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  10. koneko says:

    Aria also get end! Yuri is dead!!!

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  11. koneko says:

    Aria got het end.

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  12. yurimylove says:

    when i heard that “tentacle raep is common in anime”… I had no idea that’s what it looks like 😛

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  13. Melting Sky says:

    I love yuri romances and think they make a cute couple too, but Amanchu is not a romance story. It never was to begin with. It’s an iyashikei. People freaking out about this is akin to people getting upset that Mario and the Princess get together at the end of Mario World because they thought the game was really a rpg dating sim between Luigi and his brother.

    One of the defining characteristics of iyashikei stories is they don’t have high stakes action, conflicts or drama. The rare iyashikei that do have romantic elements tend to make them low stakes and seriously downplay that part of the story, Often those romantic elements are just yuri subtext since most iyashikei also revolve around female casts. It’s a way to imply love without miring down the story with a bunch of romantic drama.

    People should never go into an iyashikei anime or manga expecting some sort of romance story, because they will almost certainly be disappointed. I watch a LOT of iyashikei and I can’t think of a single one where there is a strong central romance in the story. Not one. It’s because this genre intentionally avoids romantic drama and other forms of high stakes conflict.

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