I know it’s a trap, but I don’t mind so much when “Yamasaki Akemi” is an unwilling participant. It leads to some pretty good humour along the way, which I’m all for.
So after Tomoe and Miyako stumbled upon Sumika and Ushio’s after school kissing session, they invite the two of them to form an all girls club. As a secret lesbian club in disguise, Sumika’s completely against it and refuses, so Miyako tries to blackmail her into joining with some photographic evidence. When Sumika tries to explain the situation, the two of them are able to trick her into admitting that she loves Ushio, making it even harder for her to get out of joining. However, it’s not until Sumika sees Ushio interested in the club and hesitating to join because they can’t join together that she says the hell with everything and decides to do it.
Before they can form a club though, they need a fifth member to meet the minimum requirements. To find potential lesbian partners for Ushio, Sumika extorts the help of Masaki and gets his female self to confess to the various prospects that Kiyori scouted out. Unfortunately, they all turn out to be straight and the one who’s left to be fifth member is Masaki himself after Ushio runs into “her”. In the end though, their teacher denies the creation of such a stupid club.
The plot sounds overly simple, but this episode had me laughing on a few occasions. For one, it was funny seeing Sumika wrestle with her inner thoughts when Ushio kept talking about other girls (e.g. Akemi). She also had a hard time dealing with the fact that Tomoe and Miyako figured out her unrequited yuri love so easily, which was unfortunate for her but hilarious for me. Kiyori on the other hand continues to be the straight, yet supportive friend. I just love the way that Katou Emiri plays her half-sarcastically most of the time.
The funniest part of the episode had to be Masaki being blackmailed into crossdressing and doing whatever Sumika demanded. I felt kind of sorry for him because he can’t really say no to the girl he likes. To make things worse, Sumika didn’t seem to give a damn about his feelings either. As such, I probably enjoyed watching him go up to these popular girls and confess wholeheartedly to them more than I should have. It was a bit awkward because you just knew he was going to get rejected, but it didn’t seem that bad since it’s not really him confessing. Of course, that’s until he himself says it still hurts to be rejected and called a pervert under these circumstances. Oh the “LOL” goodness!
Needless to say, I really enjoyed this episode and am looking forward to more on “the trials and tribulations of Yamasaki Akemi”.