Renai Boukun – 03
「私一人でなんとか出来る！×チョリーッス」 (Watashi hitori de nantoka dekiru! × Chorīssu)
“I Can Handle This Myself! x Wassup”
Renai Boukun continues it’s mad-dash through the book of love tyranny, though it might be going at a pace beyond hyperspeed for our third episode. They pack in a bonding moment between Seiji and his sister, Akua, a date between Guri and Seiji, and having to replace the notebook all within an episode. The pacing is so quick that it makes it feel like there’s much more to process than there probably is. The saving grace about this is that the pacing fits the oddball chaos Guri brings to the show as we follow her around.
The first part was heart-warming since it gave the viewer a different side of Akua, who hides her softer feelings for her brother under a cold demeanor. Seeing Akua start warming up to her brother again like old times was sweet despite the anger she has for his polyamorous relationship. The only thing that I thought wasn’t good about it was the demon penguin, Stolas. For some reason, everyone knows who Stolas is, and it doesn’t look like the first time they’ve come face-to-face. It set up a good opportunity to recreate Akua’s brother dream, but a demonic lust penguin showing up out of nowhere sounds like the product of a fever dream. I guess that’s also a good way to describe the Renai Boukun experience, not that it’s a bad thing, but things like the friendly neighborhood Stolas or the Yuzu’s force field could be explained a little better.
Guri’s jokes in this episode were some of the funnier ones this time around. Having Guri play around with the censor steam or cheer from the sidelines as a playboy is beaten (along with Seiji) by all of the girls he tricked were great. I find that the laughs I get from the show are through how animated Guri is as she gets on Seiji’s case. She even makes eating an ice cream cone more amusing, though I find that a bulk of the screencaps I take end up capturing thousands of 030 faces.
Although the episode’s serious side wasn’t as deep as the teacher/student dilemma from last time, the brother/sister bond was adorable with all of the flashbacks and the desire they both have to repair their relationship was nice. The Kiss Note’s burning was resolved too easily with Tiara, the gal cupid, giving up her Kiss Phone after retiring, but I did have a fright when Akane poorly timed a day to try to attract Seiji with reverse psychology. Tiara’s pregnancy and retirement also brings some food for thought to the table about what Guri would have to think about if her feelings for Seiji develop into something more passionate.
It’s not the more subtle show nor is it the most popular, but it’s still as pleasantly crazy after the initial three episodes as it was when we first started. I’m just curious about if the pink haired girl is going to also be yandere, or if she’ll have something that sets her apart.