Hatsukoi Limited – 02
As word spreads that Misao got defeated by a junior high school girl, there’s only one other person person who knows that it was Ayumi who did it. That person is Misao’s little brother Mamoru, and unfortunately, he’s also the one that Ayumi likes. She wants to give him cookies for taking her to the infirmary, however it turns out that her older brother ate them already and left her a note saying that they were burnt. Mamoru’s friend Kusuda quickly realizes that Ayumi likes Mamoru, but since Mamoru has no interest in her, Kusuda figures out that there’s someone else that he already likes. Kusuda bugs him about it, so Mamoru takes him to the high school and shows him the beautiful girl that he likes. Kusuda is impressed and vows to help Mamoru, and they go over to Mamoru’s house. What Mamoru didn’t want Kusuda to know, and what Kusuda finds out when he’s at the Zaitsu home, is that the girl is actually Mamoru’s next door neighbor and childhood friend Yamamoto Misaki.
Misaki’s is able to climb over to the Zaitsu home from her house through Mamoru’s window, and she does so because she needs to go talk to his older brother. Misao ends up telling her about how he likes Ayumi, and after Misaki tries to understand what it is about Ayumi that he likes, she admits that love and dating is too much of a bother for herself, so she can’t help him much. When Misaki passes through Mamoru’s room again to get back to her own house, Kusuda stops her and puts her to sleep with a string of puns. Kusuda sees this as their chance, but Mamoru refuses to let him touch her. Unfortunately for the both of them, Misaki is able to pull off some devastating martial arts moves while half-asleep. The next morning, Misaki gets a text message from Misao saying that, even though it’s stalker-like, he went to Ayumi’s house again because he was worried about her. Recognizing how hard it is to like someone, Misaki feels that she’s okay for now without love.
This was a pretty good second episode, and I liked it more than the first one if for no other reason than the fact that I prefer Misaki’s character over Ayumi’s. That of course wasn’t the only reason. As I said last week, I tend to think of Hatsukoi Limited as a series of short stories or one-shots, however this second episode appears to show that the anime is trying to tie those stories together better than the manga did. The additional scenes with Misao and with Ayumi changed the focus of the episode so that it wasn’t just about Mamoru, and the scene between Misao and Misaki gave a lot of development to both of their characters. That should be a good thing assuming they animate the later Misaki stories as well.
The animation style also didn’t really bother me this week like it did the first episode, so I probably just got used to it. In general, the anime adaptation is about as fun as I remember the manga being, especially with some of Kusuda’s antics, so I’m planning on continuing watching and blogging this. And speaking of which, the production staff appears to be skipping over the next manga chapter in favor of more Kusuda and Kei. It’s probably because this series is only going to be one season long, and Yuu (the girl the next story would have been about) is a relatively minor character, so it’s not a huge loss.