「三角関係」 (Sankaku Kankei)
Episode at a Glance:
With Lala officially transferred to his school, Rito’s easygoing school life comes to an end as he tries to prevent her alien identity from being exposed. During an outing with Lala and Mikan, the three get caught up in an incident when Peke’s power wears down and Lala’s clothes start disappearing. Rito and the others eventually run into Haruna and they all decide to check out the newly opened aquarium. There, Lala gets caught up in some wacky antics, which interrupt Rito’s perfect chance to confess to Haruna. Despite being unable to confess, Rito feels that he’s finally grown closer to Haruna, who evidently likes him in return. Unfortunately for him though, the very next day he trips and lands face first into her chest.
「宇宙のLOVEエプロン」 (Uchuu no LOVE Epuron)
“The Universe’s Apron of Love”
PRECAUTION: If To LOVE-Ru is not the kind of show you enjoy, you need not read on. To the rest of you who enjoy an ecchi romance comedy for some laughs, please read on for some interesting relationship developments this week.
The main scene of interest for me this episode was the one we saw in the preview last time. As it turns out, Haruna was about to use this opportunity to confess her feelings to Rito. Now my original thought when I started watching To LOVE-Ru was that neither Rito nor Haruna would try to confess until near the end of the series (much like most romance comedies, let alone ecchi ones), so it was refreshing to see both characters show every indication of doing so early on. They were ultimately interrupted though, but I’m sure everyone saw that coming.
To me, all the ecchi-ness of this episode really took a backseat to the Rito x Haruna stuff, so if you’re like me and are watching more for the relationship aspect, you should be pleased to know that Rito’s not quite like the typical, spineless male protagonist you would expect from these kind of shows. In fact, he was smart enough to sense Haruna’s confession and try to do the “manly” thing by confessing first.
The other interesting thing I noticed this episode is how “relationship smart” Mikan is. Rito and Haruna were only able to get some time alone after Mikan sensed the mood. From that, I get the feeling she’s going to play a more prominent matchmaker role down the road. As for the ecchi comedy in this episode, it pretty much speaks for itself, so I don’t intend on elaborating about it here.
I stated back in my introduction post that romance comedies are one of my favorite genres. Although you may not believe me, the main reason I watch fan-service type shows like this is because they revolve around well… comedic relationships. To me, the ecchi touch is just a stylistic thing, which only means that the fan-service shots will be more abundant. Despite that, the main focus of these shows is still the relationships, much like this episode has shown us. While I’m sure there are people who watch this genre just for the perverted stuff, I’m fairly confident that there are others who see these shows as more than that.
In any case, Haruna’s character is quickly growing on me and I look forward to seeing what’s happening here next episode.
– Yuuki Rito (結城 梨斗) / Watanabe Akeno (渡辺 明乃)
– Lala Satalin Deviluke (ララ・サタリン・デビルーク) / Tomatsu Haruka (戸松 遥)
– Sairenji Haruna (西連寺 春菜) / Yahagi Sayuri (矢作 紗友里)
– Yuuki Mikan (結城 美柑) / Hanazawa Kana (花澤 香菜)
– Peke (ペケ) / Arai Satomi (新井 里美)
– Momioka Risa (籾岡 里紗) / Yuzuki Ryouka (柚木 涼香)
– Sawada Mio (沢田 未央) / Chiba Chiemi (千葉 千恵巳)
– Fish breeding staff (飼育係) / Inada Tetsu (稲田 徹)
– High school principal (校長先生) / Ogata Kenichi (緒方 賢一)
– Arts teacher (美術教師) / Konno Jun (金野 潤)
– Catcher (キャッチャー) / Adzuma Masataka (我妻 正崇)
– Umpire (アンパイア) / Densaka Tsutomu (伝坂 勉)
– Couple man (カップル男) / Matsuo Daisuke (松尾 大亮)
– Couple woman (カップル女) / Sasaki Hinako (佐々木 日菜子)