Sometime in the obscure past, Kouichi and Kazuki are watching Mao-oneesan on the swings. They’re entranced by her bravery as she stands on the swing, going higher and higher. Almost! Just a little higher and I can see up her skirt!
Oh, wrong show.
Chibi Mao jumps off the swing, flying through the air like a bokusatsu tenshi, landing gracefully in what appears to be several dozen yards away. Oneechan… sugeeeee
Years later, that same graceful chick shows up fashionably late for her first date with some gorilla who has a two word vocabulary consisting of “uh” and “ah.” Why Mao, why! And to think she got all dressed up for him too.
Kai & Mao
He takes her to a jazz club, and she spends the whole time covering her ears and wondering what she sees in this brute. Afterwards, at some outdoor café, she spends the whole time trying to speak his language by saying she listened to Billy Joel, etc etc. Either she’s really desperate or this guy is using some crazy move that has girls hanging all over him with no exerted effort at all.
Outlook: Going just fine it seems like, no matter how big of a slouch he is she keeps tagging along
Kouichi & Mao
After living under the same roof for several weeks, all the sexual tension has dissipated. Which is exactly the opposite of what you’d expect to happen in anime, but hey, some things were never meant to happen.
Outlook: Slim to none. Both sides are too busy doing their own thing.
Iwao & Juliet
Yea, this is what it’s come down to… weekly updates on the ugly-ass frogs. They’ve gotten pretty close since we last saw them, frequently smooching (even in public!) and otherwise doing things that fairy tale lovers do. Like sit around and talk all day. In other news, Kazuki is getting pissed off that the frogs are getting more action than he is.
Outlook: Smooching is as far as these frogs are going – their “masters” probably don’t know anything past first base.
Kouichi & Yuumi
Kouichi consults his favorite library waif on some stories that could be used for the new drama club play. Needless to say, he’s just there to smell Hoshino’s perfume and overwhelming pheromones. Still, she recommends him some “interesting” stories – which sends her into a state of perpetual blush as a stumped Kouichi looks through them.
Outlook: Hey, they’re almost able to hold a normal conversation now. Maybe by ep 439 we’ll get to see some fondling!
Kazuki & Asuka
Things are rough as she’s pissed at him and he’s got his head too far in the clouds to do anything about it. Not that he really wants to do anything about it – maybe he’s keeping her around in case the other chick doesn’t work out. Ah hell, he’s still got his sister. I just think for a guy of Kazuki’s… testicular fortitude… he’s probably too intimidated by the prospect of hanging out with a girl who is physically superior to him. All these hot chicks around him and zero action!
Outlook: I actually like the chances on this one. Eriko will probably treat him like crap, and Asuka will swoop in for the kill.
Kazuki & Mao
I put this here because the two have a conversation that actually does some character development – Mao sees him pouting on the roof so goes to cheer him up. Kazuki stands there talking about the time on the swings where Mao jumped way far, then Kouichi jumped way far, and he just… “Oh, I remember that, you jumped the furthest!” Mao interjects. Wait, what? I did? This little talk somehow gives Kazuki the courage to go speak to…
Kazuki & Eriko
Putting his fears of… I dunno, juvenile rejection from a ice cold hottie who’s obviously out of his league, Kazuki walks into the room where Eriko is, and with her cold, piercing eyes looking right into his, he whimpers…”L-l-let’s start the experiment again.” Oh Kazuki, you’re so brave.
Outlook: This plotline would be a lot more interesting if Eriko was in her room eating pizza hut
The worst date in anime history, chibi-Kazuki won’t jump off a swing, Hoshino makes her face another 47 times, and Kazuki picks his balls up from the floor and goes to see the ice queen again. Is it weird I know the name of every guy in this show EXCEPT for the main dude?
It’d be pretty funny if Eriko tells Kazuki to go screw himself. But this isn’t really that kind of show :\
So it seems like our three main characters are all getting their love life on. Granted that the situation and the speed of progression is pretty different, they all have one thing in common – IT FEELS TOO NORMAL! Too generic! Too predictable! I’m expecting some huge twist to come that sends the whole show into wacked out hyperdrive, but it just doesn’t seem to be coming. And it probably never will, because, well, it just doesn’t seem to be that kind of show. If anything, the “big twist” will be the moment two of these plotlines intersect, which adds some confused feelings and misunderstandings, but I just don’t see it going farther than that.
And for some, that’s perfectly ok. At any rate, I’m going to stop bagging on the show and just focus my attention on dissing the three guys. Well, just Kazuki and Kai, cuz at least Kouichi… likes his girl. Kazuki is just obsessing over the girl who gave him his first kiss, and Kai is getting a free freakin pass cuz Mao just happened to grow up with two loser guys who make Kai look like a total stud in comparison.