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Boku no Kanojo ga Majime Sugiru Shobitch na Ken – 02

「「そのまま出して!」 …って言えばいいの?」 (Sonomama Dashite!’ …tte Ieba Ii no?)
“”Just Whip it Out Now!” …Can I say that?”

What a difference one week makes. I was honestly not holding out much hope for Shobitch after last episode, the humour was more miss than hit, the characters a little too cookie cutter, and the premise more try hard than it probably intended on being. Yet here comes round two to show why preemptively taking things at face value does not always work.

Arguably the largest change for Shobitch over last time was in main man Haruka. Whereas before we had a timid and meek kid wholly embarrassed at any allusion to sexy times (i.e. the usual harem lead), now we have Takatoshi—but with a girlfriend. Sure the embarrassment is still there, but it is now spiced with annoyance, exasperation, and a weary acceptance at the inability to change reality. This by far is the most important change in Shobitch because it properly (finally) accentuates the show’s humour. Most of the jokes last time did not work well (if at all) because they lacked a grounding force. There was no straight main to play off against Shizuku or Akiho, no means of showing just how ridiculous (in a good way) they were. By simply bringing Haruka to the forefront and actually giving him a spine our harem cast no longer operates in a vacuum and is required to carry the comedy themselves. Take that banana skit for example. Haruka knows exactly what Shizuku means, but he now semi-seriously fuels her fantasy as a way of screwing with her. Unlike before where Shizuku would have had to carry the joke herself (much like the utensil arrangement) and likely fail, Haruka now gives the foil needed to send it into overdrive and actually make it funny. Obviously this type of humour still remains dependent on personal preference, but with Haruka now arguably in his “proper” role, Shobitch’s future is looking a lot brighter than before.

Particularly helping matters too are the girls. Shizuku is still the sex addled best girl of the bunch, but Kanata gives needed variety with her bro-con obsession and poor (i.e. hilarious) attempts at big brother monopolizing. By themselves these two girls cannot make the show (too derivative for that, particularly Kanata), but they are critical in bringing Akiho into her own by giving a direction for all her knowledge on boyfriend “requirements”. Whereas Akiho largely had to carry the attempts previously for example, now the competition drives these exchanges, directing Akiho this way and that while eking as much humour out of the process as possible. Funny or not, these skits give needed purpose to Akiho’s desires, helping construct those cute and heartfelt moments ultimately separating this show from the likes of Seitokai Yakuindomo. Successful cooking and a bit of intimacy under an umbrella? Would not have been possible without the tender loving assistance of master Shizuku. No matter the comedic issues, if Shobitch can keep scenarios like these coming (which shouldn’t be too hard with other girls left to introduce), it has all the pieces necessary to forge a decent little romcom.

While I am still not completely sold on Shobitch just yet, with the turnaround seen this episode and the potential for more very soon, I have some hope the best of this show has yet to be revealed. It may not wind up being prime blogging material (have to see what next week brings first), but as simple, lighthearted entertainment with a romantic flair, it’s certainly hard doing worse. I like my dirty humour, and Shobitch looks set to give that and then some.

October 18, 2017 at 9:07 pm
  • October 18, 2017 at 9:38 pmBROOKLYN otaku

    “Three girls in and the poor boy is already losing his mind.”

    I dont even watch this show, but that line struck me DEEP for some reason.

    • October 19, 2017 at 10:27 pmPancakes

      I think I can see how, damn I didn’t mean to get so philosophical there lol.

  • October 18, 2017 at 10:13 pmyodad

    tl dr: neko hoody girl kawaii

  • October 19, 2017 at 3:03 amjhpace1

    • October 19, 2017 at 10:28 pmPancakes

      For now, just wait for the other girls to make an appearance :P

  • October 19, 2017 at 11:39 amStephen Tutton

    love it, Ecchi at its finest. Its comedy not Mensa philosophy.
    Love the humour.
    there’s variety for everyone this season.

  • October 19, 2017 at 3:03 pmHalfDemonInuyasha


    “Make a pact with me!”


    And it’s good to see that the girls’ roles are varied too. Whereas Shizuku is able to pull off her lewd, teasing role, at the same time, she does seem to actively support Haru and Akiho’s relationship even if she may or may not like Haru herself whereas Kanata, at first anyway, wanted nothing more than to cockblock Haru and get between the two.

    You should have also made a screenshot of the vegetable “arrangement”, lol.

    • October 19, 2017 at 10:32 pmPancakes

      I quite like how defined each of the girls is. They’re the usual role stereotypes, but it’s hilarious how extreme they take them. Kanata in particular, she’s trying so hard to make Haruka into a sis-con pervert, but he just shuts her down at every opportunity, I love it.

      Also I figured only arrangement cap was needed, so I just randomly picked. Guess I should have gone with natural though :P

  • October 19, 2017 at 6:28 pmWanderer

    This episode definitely worked much better. I particularly enjoyed seeing Shi-chan’s perviness get turned around on her, like with the banana skit. Throwing her off-balance and letting her be embarrassed once in a while is a great way to switch things up.

    • October 19, 2017 at 10:35 pmPancakes

      Definitely agreed Wanderer, that give and take banter present here was what really held the first episode back. The characters don’t need to be perfect, but making the most of them is necessary for keeping this show funny and increasing its longevity. I just hope this episode was not a fluke and that later ones continue the same strategy.

  • October 20, 2017 at 4:32 pmruicarlov

    ” I was honestly not holding out much hope for Shobitch after last episode, the humour was more hit than miss (…)”

    Personally, I think it was more miss than hit, but to each his own I guess :P

    • October 20, 2017 at 10:45 pmPancakes

      You would think I never proof read with all the stuff I keep on missing lol.
      Thanks for pointing that one out, firmly corrected now :P

  • October 21, 2017 at 7:37 pmShirt

    I’ll wait until a few more episodes. Some shows seem better stacked.

  • October 30, 2017 at 7:20 amAructer

    the background music sure is good