Look at that fluttering white train on that jellyfish, honey. It’s like the snow-white lace on a princess’s dress, isn’t it? Tsukimi, when you get married I’ll make you a dress just like this, okay? A fluttery dress just like a princess’s.
Also holy fuck do I ship these two like burning. The build-up between the two of them is amaaaaazing—they are so mutually oblivious to each other’s admiration, and it’s the most agonizingly beautiful thing. There are so many longing glances and so much badly-repressed pining on Kuranosuke’s part, and so many stunned stares of “holy shit he’s so pretty” on Tsukimi’s part, and I love it.
They have such a great friendship, and they admire each other for exactly who they are, and I want them to kiss on the mouth and have a happily-ever-after where they both wear jellyfish wedding dresses.
Alright, now this is how you portray a cute makeover scene, so take notes.
It’s nothing quite as boring and terribly cliched as “BOOKISH BUT GENERICALLY CUTE GIRL TAKES OFF GLASSES AND LETS HAIR DOWN,” we’ve got the real deal here. (for reference: from left to right, it’s Mayaya, Jiji, Tsukimi, Chieko, and Banba)
First off, note that none of the girls wearing glasses lose them to present themselves as more “conventionally attractive.” They are instead used as a charm point, and Tsukimi’s outfit is even color-coordinated to match her red frames. For that matter, Mayaya even GAINS sunglasses, to keep her eyes covered while her bangs are styled in a trendier manner. A similar tactic is used for Banba, whose unmanageable afro is covered by a wig to give her a cute hairstyle that still frames her face in a way that fits her.
None of the girls’ unique facial features are downplayed in the animation, either. Mayaya is still drawn with her prominent cheekbones, Tsukimi still has her bushy eyebrows and freckles, Banba’s nose is still drawn as simple tiny nostils, and no one’s facial structure or body type suddenly seems to shift to “super generically pretty,” as seen in so many awkward Hollywood makeovers.
Perhaps the best thing about this scene (and something that Kuranosuke explicitly points out as he’s styling the girls) is that Chieko ends up requiring literally no changes. As she already has the habit of wearing formal kimonos as casual wear, she instead ends up benefiting solely from being grouped with the other girls in their trendy attire, and that’s considered her own unique form of beauty.
IT’S A REALLY GREAT SCENE FROM A REALLY GREAT ANIME, BASICALLY.
What I love about this is that the makeover doesn’t magically transform them into socially adept super-beings or anything. They’re still awkward as hell. Mayaya can’t walk in her heels for shit. They still feel out of place in trendy restaurants ‘cause no amount of makeup or flashy clothes is gonna make them instantly be okay in situations they’re not comfortable with.
& when all’s said & done? There weren’t any huge revelations about the importance of being conventionally attractive. They all went right back to being their dorky-ass selves & I wouldn’t have it any other way.