Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu Purezza – 04
「裕人さんのにおい…」 (Yuuto-san no Nioi…)
With the help of the Christmas season, Yuuto and Haruka have managed to get back to their lovey-dovey ways. However, that doesn’t mean they’ve let up on the service shots, including several of Haruka up top.
I don’t think they had to go this far with Haruka, but maybe she was cold or something. It’s still a rather impressive sight, seeing that she had a bra on and all. Anyway, the situation following Yuuto’s collapse from overworking himself begs the question, “Who changed him into his pajamas?” Was it our new medical unit Nogizaka maid Yukinohara Maria (Takamoto Megumi, Winry in the FMA remake), or perhaps Haruka and Mika? While I’m sure Mika would’ve loved undressing her beloved “onii-chan”, my bet is on Hazuki since she’s the head maid and incapable of feeling awkward about anything. Fan-service aside, there was actual development between Yuuto and Haruka like I mentioned above.
So having made no money from his butler job, Yuuto ends up working a bunch of city construction jobs in order to buy a Christmas present for Haruka. Crunched for time, he ends up working multiple jobs and overexerts himself him in the process. For his efforts, he manages to buy Haruka a moonlight ring for Christmas, plus go down on one knee and nonchalantly slip it on her left ring finger. (Is this a proposal!?) I guess it should go without saying that Yuuto took a page out of Morisato Keiichi’s book for this one (see Ah! My Goddess OVA).
Before getting there, we had the obligatory Christmas party that even Gentou attended. In a very predictable manner, Akiho was there to keep him in check with the help of Alice. While I can’t help but feel that this recurring gag is getting old, Akiho did surprise me with her self-packaged Christmas gift bit. Alongside this, we had Riko and Yukari getting drunk and naked as usual, while Shiina, Ryouko, and Mai were busy giving us some Christmas service of their own. Satou Rina (Shiina) was also singing Jingle Bells at one point of the episode.
Being the big tease that they have been with this series, I guess it’s unsurprising that they didn’t let Yuuto and Haruka kiss this time either. It felt like a waste though, being Christmas and all. However, the scene at the end was pretty sweet, along with the fake snow Hazuki and the others had planned out. The necklace Haruka gave Yuuto also resembled a merging of the letters “h” and “y” (for obvious reasons). In any case, this week made strides to go back to what the first season was known for. Whether or not they plan to keep it up though, I don’t know.