Hatsukoi Limited – 04
When Bessho Yoshihiko and Arihara Yuuji visit their sisters’ school, their relationships with their respective younger sisters become obvious. Yuuji loves his sister Ayumi even though she doesn’t think very highly of him, and conversely, Koyoi loves her brother Yoshihiko even though he doesn’t return the same feelings. Koyoi in particular is excited about their father being away from home, giving her time alone with her brother. Yoshihiko, however, has feelings for Misaki. All of this comes to a head with a series of events starting with Yuuji one day telling Yoshihiko about how Zaitsu won over his sister with candy. Yuuji still thinks that his sister is in love with the elder Zaitsu brother, and he demonstrates on Misaki by shoving a lollipop into her mouth. Yoshihiko panics and apologizes to her, and he thinks that Misaki was angered by this.
Misaki ends up calling Yoshihiko that night while he’s in the middle of fighting off Koyoi’s advances in the absence of their father. She wants to meet and talk with him, and his subsequent happiness about it all makes Koyoi think that it’s going to be a date. Koyoi thus disguises herself and follows him, and she’s shocked when she sees how beautiful of a girl Misaki is. Fortunately for Koyoi – and unfortunately for her brother – Misaki soon reveals that she’s become interested in Yuuji after what he did, and she called Yoshihiko out because she wanted to know more about Yuuji’s love life. Koyoi is overjoyed, but she realizes that her brother might be feeling down, so she prepares his favorite hamburger meal that night.
This was a surprisingly good episode; probably my favorite of the four so far. I honestly wasn’t expecting a lot of the Koyoi story and was worried that her character would end up more annoying than anything else, but this turned out not to focus on just her, and it was a lot funnier than I remembered. It’s the sort of light-hearted love-comedy fun that was I hoping from this series from the beginning. Unrealistic yes – never mind the brother and sister complexes, what kind of girl falls in love after getting a lollipop shoved into her mouth by a random guy? – but still a lot of fun to watch. Another plus was that the writers segued nicely from the events of last episode and kept the story of the two brothers and sisters more or less intact from the manga.
As for next week, the preview indicates that it’s going to be Meguru’s story. Hino Satoshi did a pretty good job this week as Yoshihiko, and I hope they have a good voice actor lined up for Takei next episode to go with his over the top attitude.