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Saturday, December 15, 2007

Yukan Club 有閑倶楽部 Episode 9 Screen Caps

Bido played by Taguchi Junnosuke (Hanayome to Papa, Ganbatte Ikimasshoi) has admirers lined up with Christmas Party invitations while Karen played by Suzuki Emi (Long Love Letter, Lunch no Joou) admirers are asking her to go on cruises for the winter vacation. Seishiro played by Yokoyama Yu (Haikei, Chichiue-sama, Food Fight) asks Noriko played by Kashii Yu (My Boss My Hero, Sexy Voice and Robo) if they shouldn’t go to Hatsumode as usual Shochikubai Miroku played by Akanishi Jin (Anego, Gokusen 2) was playing guitar before he was interrupted by Yuri played by Minami (Battle Royale, Kaikidaisakusen) who states that she’s going to Alaska. But Miroku points out the announcement that she’ll need to attend supplementary lessons. She begs the school director to let her skip but the director instead says to think of studying as eating for the mind, so Yuri runs off to the Principal and Head Teacher and offers a donation to the school if she excused. They tell her it was decided by 3rd Year Head Midorikawa played by Yamazaki Hajime (Hanazakari no Kimitachi e, Gokusen 2) so there is nothing that can be done.

This episode was a huge improvement over the last one, mainly because the plot revolves around the club members and not the adults. I was particularly glad to see that the bumbling police only appeared onscreen for a few seconds. The one adult who did have a little more screen time is Yamazaki Hajime and it seems that the club finally has a decent villain and he’s going to appear the finale next week so we also have some continuity. Another good thing is much later in the episode the club works together and each of the members displays a special skill, I won’t go into details as I don’t want to give any spoilers. I’m not a fan of horror stories but I liked this episode much more then the one that featured Bido in episode four. Next weeks the finale, I'm hoping it builds on this episode’s strong points and leaves a satisfying conclusion.

Download the first nine episodes of the excellent quality Love Song Productions release bit torrent files here.

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