-A long time ago, people settled the moon and established the Sphere Kingdom. However, there developed a conflict between Earth and the Sphere Kingdom called the Oedipus War, and much damage was done to both sides. After the war, the relations of the two sides remained poor. Much time passed and now a moon princess is headed to Earth with her maid Mia.
-At school on Earth, Asagiri Tatsuya has to wake up his classmate and childhood friend Takamizawa Natsuki by pretending that they’re welcoming customers at work. Natsuki immediately wakes up and says her welcome line for her job, but then gets embarrassed when she realizes what Tatsuya did.
-The two come upon Tatsuya’s little sister Mai, who’s practicing her flute playing. When she comes up to them, Tatsuya pinches her nose, embarrassing her. Mai is the part leader of the flutes in the wind ensemble whereas their friend Tooyama Midori is the part leader for the clarinets. Midori puts her nose out to Tatsuya, but then cries when Tatsuya doesn’t pinch it. Natsuki calls it a bad habit from long ago.
-The two go to work, which is Natsuki’s family restaurant. Tatsuya happens to live next door, so he goes home first to change clothes and sees a note from his older cousin Sayaka. She apparently has something to tell him and Mai tonight.
-Tatsuya goes next door the restaurant for work and is greeted by Natsuki along with her brother Jin and her father Samon.
-After the evening rush and the store closes, Samon and Jin send Tatsuya home early. Upon entering his home, Tatsuya is surprised when he’s greeted by a maid, so much so that he thinks he has the wrong house. Sayaka is also here along with Mai, and Sakuya explains that Mia is actually doing a home stay with them. What’s even more shocking to Tatsuya is that Mia is the maid of a Sphere Kingdom princess.
-That princess is outside looking at the moon, and Tatsuya’s heart immediately starts beating faster when he sees her. When she introduces herself as Feena Fam Earthlight, Tatsuya’s reaction is noticeably flustered.
-When Feena walks back into the house, she trips on her dress and falls flat on her face. After she gets back up, Tatsuya proceeds to pinch her nose, much to the dismay of Mai and Sayaka. Mai thinks that this is the end for her, and Tatsuya finally realizes that he might have angered Feena, so he apologizes. Mai explains that it’s a habit from when her brother was little, and fortunately Feena doesn’t take offense. Actually, she touches her nose when the others aren’t looking and notes to herself that Tatsuya hasn’t changed at all.
-Feena is staying here to learn more about the Earth in order to improve relations and will be studying at Katarina Academy in Tatsuya’s class.
-Mia’s stomach starts growling, so the group decides to go next door to the Takamizawa family restaurant, the Trattoria Samon. Tatsuya, Mai, and Sayaka get Feena and Mia out of the way right as Jin gets thrown out the window by his little sister.
-The restaurant has been prepared for a welcome party for Feena and Mia. Before they eat, Tatsuya catches Feena looking at him, but she claims it’s nothing.
-Feena suddenly feels something in her skirt and finds an old man under it. He takes some pictures of her and then calls out his assistant to develop the film immediately. This old man is the famous filmmaker Takano Takeshi, whom Samon knows of and gets an autograph from.
-When things settle down, Feena brings Tatsuya his drink and brings up how Tatsuya had called her “Feena” instead of the usual “Feena-hime” (Princess Feena) when Takano first appeared under Feena’s skirt. But she’s actually fine with him calling her just Feena from now on, and he asks that she call him just Tatsuya.
-Outside, a blonde girl is floating in the air staring down at the restaurant.
ED: 「Crescent Love ~月のなみだ~」 (Crescent Love ~Tsuki no Namida) by 生天目仁美 (Nabatame Hitomi)
Watch the ED! Mirror 1 Mirror 2 (6.6MB, XviD)
There’s something about the OP…I love the way the piano starts out, but my first honest impression of the vocals was “Disney.” That went away after I listened to it a few times, and I rather like the entire song now. Like the OP, the ED is also a slow song, sung by Feena’s seiyuu, but I don’t like it quite as much.
This series got a lot of good hype in some circles, so I was actually looking forward to seeing this a lot. Not knowing much about it, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I found this first episode to be a fairly amusing introduction with some interesting quirks. The opening battle scene felt a bit too long and detailed to fit with the rest of the episode, and reminded me more of something I’d see on Gundam with all that destruction. On the other hand, there were several scenes done in a chibi style, and those were my favorites. I also have to note that Zero no Tsukaima must be too fresh on my mind because Mia (the maid) seems a lot like Siesta.
Anyway, Tatsuya, the male lead, apparently has the odd habit of pinching noses. There are some hints that he and Feena knew each other before meeting in this episode. With the way Feena was touching her nose, he must have pinched it in the past and not remember for whatever reason. Assuming this is in the harem style, the other girls will probably vie for Tatsuya in some way or another, with Natsuki being maybe the biggest challenger. Or maybe they could prove me wrong and set Tatsuya up with Feena from the beginning so that they can expand on another part of the story. Oh, and on a random side note, I haven’t said Natsuki and Mai so much in an entry since Mai-Otome lol.
I had generally positive reactions to this first episode, though I’m unsure about being able to blog the series in general. I’m already (happily) committed to Negima and Bleach, so I dunno if I’ll have time for this too. We’ll see how the second episode turns out.