Seiren – 10
「桃乃今日子 第2章 オサガリ」 (Touno Kyouko dai 2-shou – Osagari)
“Touno Kyouko Chapter 2 – Hand-Me-Down”
“Restrung everyone’s rackets” is a weird way to talk about an orgy.
First of all: no regrets on that intro line. None. I gotta amuse myself somehow, because this show ain’t doing it.
The funny thing is, this episode was probably better than much of Seiren at showing the fluffy, funny ways of a young couple-in-the-making, at least in the first half. Like the adult Christmas misunderstanding with Kyouko? Funny! But most of the other moments didn’t hit, because I’ve written off this series to the point where it all turns to ash in my mouth. (Figuratively speaking.) Goes to show you that if you squander enough opportunities, audiences stop giving you chances, or enter every attempt with a cloud of bitter memory.
Then there’s the issue of Kyouko seeming, for an episode and a half, like she’d be totally on board with dating Sho-chan—remember her musing aloud about whether she should wear panties he likes?—and then he goes ahead and asks, and no dice. That might have been my misunderstanding, thinking she was the already-in-love childhood friend, but if so, they didn’t do a good enough job of making it clear. It was always clear where all the Amagami SS girls stood and what they felt, even if that place was “They don’t know themselves.” Here, I don’t have the faintest what’s going on in Kyouko’s heart.
Hikari remains far too prevalent as a supporting character, and there were multiple scenes that just fell flat—the entire blackmail scene, the random cosplay, the Christmas lies. Related: why are the writers trying to make Hikari too so bad with her constant lying? It fits her personality, but where that kind of face-saving duplicity worked well in Masamune-kun no Revenge, it just makes her look like a trash person here.
And what kind of “close friends” don’t discuss their crushes with each other? Shouichi didn’t know about Ikuo’s crush! That’s just lazy writing, which is par for the course, of course.
- Don’t do the wall slam on Ikuo, you. I mean, unless you’re all in. Don’t toy with his heart, is what I’m saying.
- Amagami SS rewatch update: Ai-chan is a solid contender for best girl. In fact, if Kaoru didn’t exist, she’d be the one. (Haruka was my #2 until this rewatch, though SS+ may push her back into second place, because of that scene. You know the one.) Also, rewatching Amagami SS just reminds me of how much of a graphical downgrade Seiren is. Depressing.
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