To LOVE-Ru – 08
「清廉潔白風紀委員」 (Seirenkeppaku Fuuki-iin)
“The Honest and Upright Public Morals Committee Member”
While waiting for Rito in the morning, Lala uses her mini magnetic robot to pull him off the toilet and straight into Haruna. Run then tackles Rito, saying she’ll never forget the kiss they shared. Soon after, Saki comes by declaring another contest to Lala, but says this time she’ll take her finance away if she doesn’t show up. Bothered by all the disruptions they’ve caused around the school, Public Morals Committee member Kotegawa Yui tries to put a stop to everything, but fails to do so.
In class, Yui suspects that Rito is the cause of all this (because guys are always the source of problems… apparently), so she later brings up the moral concerns to all the students and faculty members. Strictly banning illicit sexual relationships, clothes unbefitting of school, and items not necessary for learning, Yui also “convinces” the principal to restrict Rito from contact with females for two weeks. With Rito quarantined, Yui feels that order has been restored to the school, but she soon realizes that things haven’t changed at all. Thinking that she may have made a mistake, Yui decides to follow Rito around after school while he bears a sign asking girls not to talk to him.
During this, Yui discovers the pure, honest, and kind person Rito is when she sees him moved to tears by a movie, carry luggage for an old lady, give CPR to a stranger, replant a dying flower, and help a lost girl find her mother. Seeing Rito in a new light, Yui’s heart starts to throb, so she apologizes for misunderstanding him. Before Rito can say anything though, he gets magnetically dragged off to a gathering Lala has put together to cheer him up, taking Yui along with him.
The next morning, Rito falls victim again to Lala’s accidental perversions, except this time, Yui doesn’t quite blame everything on Rito, but still tags him with a sign that says “beast” (ケダモノ) and tells everyone that illicit sexual relationships aren’t allowed.
「光星より愛を込めて」 (Kousei yori Ai wo Komete)
“Includes Love From A Shining Star”
You know, sometimes I really want to be proven wrong about some of my hunches, and such was the case with Run being all “friendly” with Rito. I guess it was only a matter of time before Run got attached to Rito, given the harem-ish nature of the series; however, I didn’t expect this match-up to happen so soon after I just mentioned not wanting to see it happen. I bet this is just the writers reinforcing Murphy’s Law and laughing in my face. -_-;
In any case, the most interesting thing about this episode was undoubtedly Kotegawa Yui, who’s a member of the Public Morals Committee. As mentioned before, she’s played by Nadzuka Kaori (Eureka in Eureka Seven, Yuasa Hiromi in true tears, Nakatsukasa Tsubaki in Soul Eater, Nunnally in CODE GEASS). It was nice to see Kaori casted in a tsundere role this time, as her voice is really pleasant to listen to even when she’s not playing timid characters like Hiromi and Nunnally. In a somewhat obvious comparison to Kanokon, you could probably say that Yui’s the Akane of To LOVE-Ru, except she doesn’t seem quite as likely to pop a vein from all the perverted antics everyone else gets into. Given how she’s the upright and earnest type, putting her in a bunch of perverted situations against her will is probably going to be the biggest appeal of her character. So for all you people with fetishes about the somewhat unwilling type (you know who you are), there’s Yui for you.
Aside from this fan-service from her character, I see Yui as “fair” competition for Haruna in the never-ending struggle to capture Rito’s affection. Because of this, I’m interested to see what happens between those two when it comes to our male protagonist. I don’t quite have that same interest when it comes to Saki and Run because they’re the forceful type (much like Lala, but at least we know she means well), which makes them come off as obstacles rather than “potential candidates”. Personally, it’s the development of these characters amongst all the noisy ones that makes harem anime entertaining to me. This is why Haruna quickly became my favorite character early in the series, even though Lala was still cute in her own way. Also, this is the main reason why I prefer shows like To LOVE-Ru over Kanokon, which lacks any “normal” girls who are interested in male lead.
Next time, it looks like Lala’s going to do some nurse cosplay and there will be more characters introduced yet again. I imagine that she’s the school’s “hot nurse”, since all school life anime seem to have one of those. There’s also a new alien, who reminds me The Rocketeer with the way he flies around. As for what his role is in the overall story, your guess is as good as mine.
- Yuuki Rito (結城 梨斗) / Watanabe Akeno (渡辺 明乃)
- Lala Satalin Deviluke (ララ・サタリン・デビルーク) / Tomatsu Haruka (戸松 遥)
- Sairenji Haruna (西連寺 春菜) / Yahagi Sayuri (矢作 紗友里)
- Kotegawa Yui (古手川 唯) / Nadzuka Kaori (名塚 佳織)
- High school principal (校長先生) / Ogata Kenichi (緒方 賢一)
- Tenjouin Saki (天条院 沙姫) / Kawasumi Ayako (川澄 綾子)
- Ren/Run (レン／ルン) / Ooura Fukuya (大浦 冬華)
- Peke (ペケ) / Arai Satomi (新井 里美)
- Saruyama (猿山) / Yoshino Hiroyuki (吉野 裕行)
- Momioka Risa (籾岡 里沙) / Yuzuki Ryouka (柚木 涼香)
- Sawada Mio (沢田 未央) / Chiba Chiemi (千葉 千恵巳)
- Honekawa-sensei (骨川先生) / Asou Tomohisa (麻生 智久)
- Kujou Rin (九条 凛) / Hashimoto Mai (橋本 まい)
- Delinquent (不良) / Konno Jun (金野 潤)
- Old woman (おばあさん) / Oomura Kana (大村 歌奈)
- Bridegroom (新郎) / Matsuo Daisuke (松尾 大亮)
- Female student (女子生徒) / Nishino Youko (西野 陽子)