Crescent Moon Temple residents make traditional mochi dough every year. They worry about the ecchi effects of the pounding.
Episode 9 — “Pounding Mochi is Dirty”
TenPuru Ecchi Weekly Wisdom
Sun Tzu’s Art of War has informed leaders about how to act and win for over two thousand years. Much of his writings apply to life outside of military applications, and many phrases have turned into proverbs and aphorisms. Sun Tzu even wrote about virgins and rabbits! 始めは処女の如く後は脱兎の如し(はじめはしょじょのごとくのちはだっとのごとし, hajime wa shojo no gotoku no chi wa datto no gotoshi) translates to “At first like a virgin, then like a hare.” Sun Tzu meant “maiden,” not virgin, but we saw this phrase during an episode of the ecchi anime TenPuru, so we should expect that. The original context came from a longer explanation of how to use overwhelming force. Start out coy, like a maiden, then rush in with the speed of a fleeing hare. Can you apply that to ecchi situations, where you begin slowly and then proceed vigorously? Some call this foreplay… You have a dirty mind!
The symbolism of fertile rabbits boinking like crazy easily flows when looking at sexy girls in bunny girl suits. But where did the imagery of rabbits pounding mochi come from? In East Asia, people saw a rabbit instead of a man’s face on the moon’s surface. In Chinese mythology, rabbits mixed the elixir of life for the moon goddess. That folklore came to Japan as rabbits hammering rice cake batter to make mochi, which is now a traditional food when celebrating the New Year. TenPuru makes a point: Bunny girls pounding mochi does sound dirty!
Akemitsu still has Kagura’s proposition about erasing his debt and repairing the temple if he leaves. Forget all that. Let’s pound mochi! Kurage flat-out says, “Pounding mochi is ecchi, isn’t it?” She keeps saying Yuzuki is pervy, yet Kurage gives a college-level discourse on female and male symbols. Slap, slap! Uh oh. Too many mochis to pound! Slap, boin! That’s not better!
Oh boy. Here we go. Kagura filled Mia’s head with sexy nonsense again. Moon rabbits pound mochi for eternal life, but TenPuru gives us bunny girls. Kagura calls this scenario “Bunny Penance: Mochi Pounding Version.” Kagura is so savvy. She maneuvered Akemitsu’s “strong, masculine arms” to squeeze Mia’s mochi from behind. Hahaha! Kagura claims this is how the “Shared Haori Penance” works. It’s in the book! Ah, yes. Pounding mochi is indeed dirty. What? How did Kagura fool Tsukuyo into wearing a bunny girl suit? Oh. Blackmail about their accidental kiss. Har. Even Kurage has an age-appropriate rabbit costume. And Nyagosuke the cat! Sexy, fun times are over because Yuzuki arrived. Later, Kiki tried to lure Akemitsu into following her to another temple. Jokingly and flirtatiously, of course.
Buddhism and Shinto Do Mix!
Beware! Buddhists are invading a Shinto shrine! Oh, Akemitsu. The two religions don’t fight anymore. The temple girls wear beautiful New Year’s Day kimonos. Aw. Tsukuyo’s tsundere nature disallows slathering layers of compliments. Ha. Kurage insists on compliments for adult women, yet she runs to receive candy for children. Uh oh. Mia gave Akemitsu sexually aggressive advice on how to praise women’s appearances. Yes. Do not say those words on Shinto shrine grounds.
TenPuru took long enough to provide Kagura’s backstory from her perspective. Mia went on an “erotic strike” when she rebelled against the Christoph family’s sexual philosophy. Kagura proposed to Mia’s mother that she take the rebellious teen to Japan, the land of perverts. But Mia would stay in a temple to block her temptations to increase her libido, which would then explode! Well. That didn’t work out. Kagura had to Photoshop herself out of sexy pictures to fool the Christoph matriarch into thinking Mia has sex partners. And Akemitsu became Mia’s friend. Friend-zoned guys don’t have sex, so Kagura needs to remove him. Kicking his balls won’t do that, though. But how can Kagura refuse her friend, Mia?
Next time, flaming love chortles? Cackles? Crackles?
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I think I’ll start using “pounding mochi” as a euphemism. Mia and Tsukuyo gave us plenty of inspiration in such a short time. Were you disappointed that Yuzuki didn’t wear a bunny girl suit? Let us know in the comments below or online on Facebook, Twitter, or Discord.