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Renai Boukun – 02

「くんすかくんすか×青司くんを傷つけていいのは…私だけなの」 (Kun suka-kun suka × seiji-kun o kizutsukete ī no wa… Watashi dake na no)
“Sniff Sniff x The Only One Who May Hurt Seiji-kun… Is Me”

This week has been a pleasant surprise for Renai Boukun. It still continues to play around with popular anime tropes by ramping them up as high as they can go through off-the-wall humor, but something feels…different. Because this episode got more serious about the idea of Seiji’s harem actually having to do the cupid job, they look much deeper into the idea of falling in love and romance that goes beyond scribbling down names to watch the fireworks. The first couple they try to pair without full reliance on the Kiss Note is Shiina Mari (Ootsubo Yuka), the class rep, and Kusunoki-sensei, a teacher with a penchant for poetry. Unlike the more comical pairings in the show, their relationship is handled maturely with them realizing the boundaries that such a relationship would have, and Mari decides it would be best for them to go out once she graduates with a high paying job. One of the more poignant things about this is the fact that she refused to have their names written down because she wanted the relationship to bud naturally. It provides an interesting, different perspective for the main characters when their matchmaking method is more keen on setting people up right away.

It was also a great episode for Yuzu. For someone with a questionable approach to how she wants to appreciate Akane, she has a well-grounded concept of love in that she knows that love is an emotional pull that you feel on a more personal level. It resonates well with Mari & Kusunoki-sensei’s conflict in letting love develop as their feelings do rather than pairing them together just because they can. Yuzu is also a good foil for Guri as she enables the schemes that Guri is up to, yet also tries to help her understand the human aspects of love that go into why people should be together. Setting up a love clinic to pair people up by request is funny, but it’s also the easy way out that Guri is slowly comprehending thanks to Yuzu and the student x teacher pairing.

The emotional center of the episode doesn’t bog down any of the laughs though, as the ridiculous scenarios are still coming in strong. The whole robbery gone awry was amusing as the main characters kept carrying a casual conversation in the middle of an intense hostage situation. Even though Akane didn’t have as much to do this time around aside from having Seiji slowly adjust to her affection, she had one of the funniest moments in the episode when she went crazy on the robbers for hurting Seiji, and unwittingly became the hero of a news story. There wasn’t too much time to see what the deal was with Seiji’s blue-haired sister, Aqua (Takahashi Rie), who deeply resents her brother, but I’d imagine they’ll get to her story soon enough. Still, color me impressed that a show that is this silly with its jokes would explore love much further than jotting down names in the Kiss Note.

 

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April 14, 2017 at 9:27 am
12 comments »
  • April 14, 2017 at 1:22 pmyodad

    this show is adorable lol

  • April 14, 2017 at 1:44 pmoranges

    While the series is a screwball comedy, it absolutely has an overarching theme about the transformative power of love and how it can make people into better people.

  • April 14, 2017 at 3:29 pmKelfistan

    Yeah, I love Akane. Her yandere abilities reminds of Anna in Shimoneta.

  • April 14, 2017 at 3:57 pmL002

    Wow, I just realized what is worse than an MC that is thick about his own love life is when he is thick when it comes to the love of others.

    http://randomc.net/image/Renai%20Boukun/Renai%20Boukun%20-%2002%20-%20Large%2003.jpg
    And oh, the horror. The pervert is one thing, but I feel REALLY sorry for cop-san.

    http://randomc.net/image/Renai%20Boukun/Renai%20Boukun%20-%2002%20-%20Large%2027.jpg
    Funny though, there are police officers right there and they are not arresting the teacher or a yandere. Instead they arrested only the criminals, talk about a right track in mind.

  • April 14, 2017 at 4:24 pmSageM

    Lol, this episode was hilarious. And Rie Takahashi voicing a blue-haired girl name Aqua, and who has some possible issues with her brother that need to be resolved at a later date? Now where have I heard that before….

    Also considering how Akane reacted about Seiji’s sister, I wonder what would happen if Seiji meets Akane’s parents in a later episode? ^^;;

  • April 14, 2017 at 6:10 pmSeth

  • April 14, 2017 at 8:38 pmstarqo

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention how, despite Guri and Yuzu’s plan to have Kusunoki-sensei win Mari’s heart, the reverse has already happened:

    Mari apparently fell for sensei first, and she deliberately planned to get him to fall for her (which worked extremely easily, since he seems to be less emotionally mature than his students).

    There’s a reason why Seiji called her “devious” (or something to that effect), complete with devilish horns and tail.

  • April 14, 2017 at 10:05 pmgeorg

    Damn that sensei is so lucky..she’s really a good woman

    i just realize when the class-prez mention about after she graduate,she will try to get a high-paying job because..school teacher have a low wage.. she already consider to work for support their relationship not just letting her partner suffer alone..bravo2

    • April 15, 2017 at 4:19 amJohnPeacekeeper

      Really, that pair is easily the best pairing here because of how legitimately sweet and non-dysfunctional it is. Even when Seiji reciprocates Akane genuinely, I would still consider it as that

  • April 15, 2017 at 4:17 amJohnPeacekeeper

    Oh my god I remember this chapter so clearly

  • April 15, 2017 at 11:08 amjltrm

    much more likely: the teacher gets fired due to inappropriate conduct with a student, becomes unemployable due to the black mark on his record, falls into destitution and becomes an alcoholic

  • April 15, 2017 at 12:01 pmRedRocket

    Oh so funny!

    Robbers are lucky the cops were there otherwise yandere would have chopped them up into little pieces.

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