「そんなに見られますと…」 (Sonna ni Miraremasu to…)
“If You Look at Me Like That…”
Episode at a Glance:
After hearing about how much Nobunaga is looking forward to the summer comike, Yuuto runs into Shiina for the third time. Due to her parents’ circumstances, Shiina transfers to Yuuto and Haruka’s school, and winds up in their class too. Conveniently seated next to Yuuto, the two of them immediately refer to one another on a first name basis. Seeing this, Haruka is surprised that he knows Shiina, who immediately becomes popular amongst the other students. When questioned about her hobbies, skills, three sizes, and belief in fated encounters, Shiina looks towards Yuuto for the last one. Later on, Shiina is honored to meet Haruka, who turns out to be a two-time, consecutive, international piano concours (French for contest) champion. After demonstrating how she excels in her studies, sports, and even cooking, Shiina agrees to participate in a swimming relay despite not really knowing how to swim.
Upon consulting Yuuto and Haruka about this, Shiina gets some private lessons from them, which draws an unwelcome crowd with the likes of Mika, Hazuki, and Ruko; however, Shiina finds everyone quite amusing and continues practicing. On the subsequent day, Shiina attempts a practice swim in a proper race format and does surprisingly well. As everyone leaves the school, Mika, Nanami, and Hazuki are surprised that Yuuto’s walking Shiina home instead of Haruka, but she doesn’t quite catch on to what they’re implying, much to their disbelief. On the day of the actual relay, Shiina is unexpectedly nervous, but gets reassured by Yuuto that she’ll do well. With her confidence restored, Shiina looks like she’s about to win her race, but suddently gets a leg cramp. She is saved by Yuuto though, and later feels bad about not winning after receiving all that special training. Yuuto says it was out of her control though and understands how hard she’s been practicing, so he tells her not to worry about it. News that Shiina couldn’t really swim before reaches the other students, who are concerned about her well-being and promise to win on her behalf.
At the request of Haruka, Shiina gets driven home by Nanami and wonders if she sees Yuuto as more than a friend. Meanwhile on their walk home, Haruka tells Yuuto how cool he looked when he saved Shiina, which makes her a bit envious at the same time. Noticing this, Yuuto says that he’ll definitely save her if she’s ever drowning, putting a big smile on her face.
「なつこみ…です」 (Natsu Komi… Desu)
“It’s… the Summer Comic Market”
So as last week’s preview indicated, Shiina transferred schools and also had her third fated run-in with Yuuto, which of course wouldn’t feel right unless she flashed her underwear again. In revealing that Shiina knows Haruka through piano competitions, Yuuto also discovered how ridiculously talented she is, which should come as no surprise from the school idol. Realizing this made me think that Haruka really can do no wrong, being talented, modest, and most of all, innocent. Quite a “dangerous” combination in the moe category. In any case, they gave us the impression early on that Haruka may be a bit jealous of Shiina, but Yuuto is really on top of things and prevents any potential misunderstandings from getting out of hand. Because of this, I actually find it quite unusual watching such a believable, dependable, male protagonist given the typically unreliable ones you’d expect in a romance comedy series, but I have to say that it’s quite refreshing at the same time. As I mentioned before, Yuuto always seems to be able to say and do the right thing at the right time and this week was no different.
The next episode should revolve around the summer comic market (i.e. comike) that Yuuto promised to go to Haruka with. While the notion of a comike in anime gives me sudden images from Genshiken and Comic Party Revolution, I’m looking forward to seeing this series’ take on it. Also, I think it’ll be interesting to see how Yuuto handles being drowned in a sea of otakus, plus the other anime references they’ll probably have there. I would say that Shakugan no Shana is an obvious one, but hopefully there will be more “easter eggs” for us to spot. Maybe they’ll feature some other music as well, which would probably put a gitty smile on the face of an avid anime fan. Myself excluded of course. *cough*
– Nogizaka Haruka (乃木坂 春香) / Noto Mamiko (能登 麻美子)
– Ayase Yuuto (綾瀬 裕人) / Hatano Wataru (羽多野 渉)
– Nogizaka Mika (乃木坂 美夏) / Gotou Mai (後藤 麻衣)
– Amamiya Shiina (天宮 椎菜) / Satou Rina (佐藤 利奈)
– Sakurazaka Hadzuki (桜坂 葉月) / Shimizu Kaori (清水 香里)
– Nanashiro Nanami (七城 那波) / Ueda Kana (植田 佳奈)
– Kamishiro Yukari (上代 由香里) / Matsuki Miyu (松来 未祐)
– Ayase Ruko (綾瀬 ルコ) / Nabatame Hitomi (生天目 仁美)
– Asakura Nobunaga (朝倉 信長) / Takagi Reiko (高木 礼子)
– Nagai (永井) / Miyashita Eiji (宮下 栄治)
– Ogawa (小川) / Oosuka Jun (大須 賀純)
– Takenami (竹浪) / Yasumoto Hiroki (安元 洋貴)
– Asahina Mai (朝比奈 麻衣) / Toyosaki Aki (豊崎 愛生)
– Sawamura Yoshika (澤村 良子) / Kitamura Eri (喜多村 英梨)
– English teacher (英語教師) / Yamamoto Akiko (山本 彰子)