muscle blues.

At last, I've penetrated the facility!

The party's third trip into the TV world promises to be a memorable one when Kanji shows up on Mayonaka TV in nothing but his fundoshi, spurting babble that is nothing short of flaming homosexuality. Upon entering the TV via Kuma's amazing nasal capabilities, the group is warmly welcomed into Kanji's steamy, homoerotic fantasy: a maze filled with testosterone and muscular shadows in rainbow underwear. Kanji's TV set is a bath house: a place where one's privacy is exposed in a public space, and also an activity where females and males are typically separated. A set of this sort seems appropriate for Kanji, who would soon be unveiling some of his darkest secrets to the world: that he isn't in fact as "manly" as he appears to be.

Once the group manages to sweat their way through the steam, they meet up with Kanji who has come face to face with his shadow: his dark, hidden secrets and true self which exist in a physical form. Kanji's shadow begins to reveal some of Kanji's inner feelings: deep down inside he is struggling with the face that he's showing to the world and who he truly is inside: a man who enjoys sewing, cooking and other activities usually associated with women. He's not only deceiving the world with his rough exterior, but deceiving himself as well. On top of this, his atypical hobbies distance him from both females and males, for he can't relate to men the way he is and girls wonder why he isn't more "manly". Because of this he puts up a rough exterior and vastly prefers the company of men, who he believes would never ridicule him the way women do. His struggle with gender role has not only seemed to confuse him about who he is as a person, but his fear of being rejected by either of the sexes.

Shadow Kanji: Ohh, how I hate girls. So arrogant and self-centered! They cry if you get angry, they gossip behind your back, they spread nasty lies. They look at me like some disgusting thing and say that I'm a weirdo, laughing at me all the while! "You like to sew? What a queer!" "Painting is so not you." ... What does it mean to "be a guy"? What does it mean to be "manly"?
Kanji is of course unwilling to accept this side of himself and his rescuers are forced to face battle with his shadow's second form that manifests itself due to Kanji's uncertainties: a very handsome beefcake who carries two Mars symbols, and a rather dolled-up looking Kanji in a bed of roses. With his two iron-pumping friends Nice Guy and Tough Guy, he appears more than prepared to pound your ass in more ways than one. Because part of where Kanji's problems lie is stereotypes (girls do girly things like sewing and cooking, men do manly things like beat shit up and act tough), the manifestation of Kanji's shadows seem to take the form of stereotypical homosexual men: the "feminine" man who speaks with a lisp, flips the wrist, you get the picture.

Pursuing my true self

After the battle, Kanji is still reluctant to accept the truth--but finally does so with a swift punch to his shadow self and a final realization that these feelings really do live inside of him.
Kanji: Yeah, I know... I've known all this time I had something like you! It ain't a matter of guys or chicks, I'm just scared shitless of being rejected. I'm a total pansy who tries to make everyone hate me.
Because of his softer side and interest in more feminine hobbies Kanji's fear of rejection took a turn for the worst: he wasn't shutting out men or women, but everyone, and could never allow himself to be who he truly was. Whether or not Kanji is playing for the other team seems to be purposely left rather ambiguous, but he remains hesitant in showing pride in his hobbies and work. However, his acceptance of this part of himself grants him the powers of Take Mikazuchi and he joins the investigation team to help stomp out the mysteries lurking in Inaba.
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