「あっ，痛……」 (Aa, Ita……)
What the hell is Sanzenin Nagi doing in Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu? Did she jump series after Hayate no Gotoku! ended? What’s with all the panty shots too? In comparison, Kampfer, SoraOto, and 11eyes can barely even be considered fan-service anymore.
The screen captures speak for themselves. I made sure to take plenty of “evidence” this time around too. There was no holding back here, as they probably had more panty shots than all the other “fan-service” shows this season combined (minus Queen’s Blade). While I’ve heard that the light novel and manga focus more on adult-related jokes, the anime’s take on it with a full crotch face plant isn’t quite what I had in mind. For some reason or another, I was under the impression that things were more subtle and not so… in your face.
In terms of ecchi comedy, I enjoyed the spilled milk, “de-stocking“, small moans from having disinfectant applied, and suggestive dialogue. They were funny simply because what looked/sounded like was happening wasn’t really happening. Sitting on someone’s face though? That’s really happening and not leaving anything to the imagination. Not to sound like a broken record, but I prefer the suggestive kind of ecchi comedy over the explicit one. While I’m not opposed to the latter when used sparingly, it’s a bit of a turn off when it’s used in just about every scene. For now, this show seems to be going that route, but it remains to be seen whether or not they plan to keep it up. I’m hoping no, but not expecting much.
In the preview last time, they had a third tsundere character who had twin pigtails and sounded like a rich snobby girl. Lo and behold it’s not Sanzenin Nagi, but her long lost older sister, Tennouji Touka of similar Kugimiya Rie descent. I tend to wince at the thought of a KugiRie tsundere coming out in full force, but it was surprisingly a breath of fresh air here given the Haruka x Yuuto lovey-dovey alternative. In fact, I was so thrilled about not seeing those two together for most of this episode that the liberal use of pantsu only came up in hindsight. (Yes, I really needed a change of gears that badly in this series.)
As for a quick rundown of the episode, it turns out Haruka is working a part-time job at a maid cafe to buy a Christmas present for Yuuto. Learning of this, Yuuto decides to do the same and applies for a high paying job as a butler for the Tennouji family. After making him spin around on all fours and screaming “Piggy”, Tennouji Touka accepts him as her personal butler and decides to call him Rodriguez. Despite having a terrible track record of every butler leaving her, Yuuto manages to endure all of Touka’s ridiculous demands since he’s used to that kind of treatment. Hilarity and stupidity ensues when Yukari and Riko come storming through the Tennouji estate in search of Yuuto to make them some food. Due to the destruction they cause, Yuuto’s paycheck is deducted to a mere five yen, but he manages to change Touka’s opinion of him in the process — enough to learn his real name anyway.
KugiRie tsundere. You either love it or you want to strangle it. It’s definitely a far cry from Alice-chan here. I tend to have a pretty high tolerance level towards this kind of stuff, so I didn’t mind that much. I actually found Touka pretty cute in her Moo-Moo nightgown too (and it wasn’t because of the service involved). Evidently, we’ll probably be seeing more of her in the near future with everything going on about her recently deceased father, her detest for him, and the family feud over the Tennouji inheritence. For now though, it’s probably safe to say there’s another girl at Hakujou High School that can be included in Yuuto’s harem. Sugisaki Ken, eat your heart out.