Here’s a case where the new ED fit the episode content perfectly – “Everybody went nutso”.
Fact is, it’s certainly interesting to watch. As bizarre and random as this episode was, it was also one of the series’ best in terms of pure entertainment for me. All of the background English dialogue by Natsume-sama’s blonde toady had me helpless with laughter – “Oh, my God Mr. President! Oh, Jeeesus!” No one can match Ikuhara for repeating the same bit over and over, and sometimes it fails miserably, but for whatever reason the repeated dream sequences of Masako killing her Grandfather totally worked for me – the sheer absurdity of the gag growing with each repeated cycle. I was also pleased to see the return of the full-length “Survival Strategy” transformation sequence, which I’d grown rather sick of, but absence makes the heart grow fonder they say. I thought the sequence itself, with The Penguin Queen mouthing the words through the window, the haiku battles and the S & M photo session was probably the funniest and cleverest of all the survival strategy montages. I don’t know if it contributed anything to the long-term mythology of the series but it was certainly fun.
she and Kanba were friends as children, when he promised to stay with her if she were cursed. The curse is her Grandfather, who appears to have chased her father away because he wasn’t cruel & ruthless enough to head up the family empire, Natsume Holdings. This is the “him” she must crush – except he’s already dead, the victim of his own lack of skill in preparing blowfish sashimi. Problem is, if Masako’s POV is to be believed he’s come back and possessed her little brother Mario as a way of controlling the empire from beyond the grave.
So what does Mario need saving from that Masako needs Sanetoshi’s help to do so – I’d assumed an illness, but is it the curse of the Grandfather? What Sanetoshi wants from Masako, apparently, is for her to join Kanba and her father (who look suspiciously similar, BTW) in being a “Chosen One” to help “put the world back on track” (another train reference). Sanetoshi is “taking back the world”, and this somehow seems connected with the men Kanba has been working with to raise money and with the group his father was with when they carried out the attacks of 1995. Masako still refuses, which leads me to wonder how she plans to save her brother – is it possible that she was the good guy all along? Oh, and Ringo called herself “Shouma’s stalker” too, which is kind of interesting when you think about it. Their involvement with the episode was minimal and seemed quite tacked-on, but the implications of that line are worth considering.
Whoops, I did it again – speculating on all that stuff I said I didn’t care about. Can’t be helped, I guess. I think I’ll go listen to the episode ED about 10 more times – I can’t get it out of my head.
ED5: “Everybody Went Nutso” (ikarechimattaze)