「Liebste ～初めてのデート～」 (Hajimete no Deeto)
“Dearest One ~First Date~”
Damnit Natsuru, when the hot and sexy student council president invites you out on a date, you don’t ask why, you just do it! There’s no need to convince yourself that it’s camouflage for luring out white Kampfers. It doesn’t matter if she wants you to strip down and jump through flaming hoops; you just do it because she’ll reward you personally. Gah, I’m so jealous!
Oddly enough, things went smoothly from Natsuru’s perspective simply because he didn’t realize it was an actual date Shizuku was after. Thanks to his stupidity and overall denseness, he was pretty nonchalant in a hard-to-get kind of way. This of course works well for strong and confident girls like Shizuku, who enjoy making a project out of their boy toys. It’s the whole, “how can I get this seemingly uncaring guy to love me and want to protect me” type of challenge. For the most part, their date took place at an aquarium before shifting to a picnic lunch prepared by Shizuku. While our prez maintained her calm and complacent composure throughout the day and even initiated on a quite a few occasions, her girlish side came out a fair bit. This includes getting Natsuru to buy her a commemorative gift, being happy that he likes her food, and cozying up against him. Now now, I know she’s the super sexy, sultry, and seductive Shizuku, but she was so cute during those moments. It’s for softsided times like these that make the confident type of girls stand out in my eyes. The best part is that they’ll only show it to you, and only rely on you when they need help.
That said, I actually felt a bit sorry for Shizuku after seeing how much effort she put towards making the date go well. Natsuru was so convinced it was a ploy to lure out white Kampfers and daydreaming about doing all this with Kaede that he wasn’t the least bit receptive to her feelings nor advances. Using her esper-like senses, Shizuku was also well aware that he’d much rather it be Kaede here than her, and tried to make it easier for him by telling him to pretend she’s Kaede. Even then, Natsuru was too dumb to see where she was going with things. (Seriously, what an inconsiderate jerk!) To make things worse, when Shizuku eventually ended up talking about Kampfers, the idea that Kaede might be a Moderator, how she won’t fight the white Kampfers and be a tool, and how she’ll take revenge on the Moderators, freaken Natsuru dozes off and dreams about being popular and kissing other girls. During this time, Shizuku simply watches over him in his sleep, lets him rest on her lap, and steals another kiss, being the caring girl that she is. Ugh, so much angst! Why do all the nice girls flock towards the unappreciative guys?
Okay, the fact that they have me all riled up means they’re doing something right entertainment-wise; however, that doesn’t stop me from enjoying the thrashing Mikoto gave Natsuru. I mean, not only did the highly sought after prez invite him out on a date, she also showed him where she lives and was about to invite him in as well! Even with Mikoto kicking his ass, he was still begging Shizuku to clear up the confusion over the date. Well you can call me one happy camper after Shizuku insisted that it was a date and suggested they did a whole a lot “more”. Unfortunately, Natsuru is proving to be quite the lost cause since he doesn’t even understand why Mikoto was in tears at that point. No one other than Kaede my ass!
His saving grace of the episode came at the end, when he managed to cheer up Akane by saying a girl like her is his type (amidst the one-track Sakura Kaede mindset). This led to the yet to be seen Kampfer transformation for Akane, which was mersmerizingly delicious. (All that’s left is Mikoto’s transformation!) Despite falling victim to Natsuru The Player’s ways, it was nice to see Akane in good spirits and forcibly getting him to pledge to her and go on a date. Next time, it looks like we’ll see just that during midsummer, which means SWIMSUITS. Oh hell yeah! To top it off, we have some new faces showing up as well. More white Kampfer? I’d say it’s pretty likely. I said it before and I’ll say it again, this show rocks. Harem anime done right. Don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise!
* I’ll get it right this time,
I promise. Here‘s the Rika Seppuku Kuro Usagi eyecatch!
(Good god, the seiyuu’s voice is a dead giveaway yet I never bothered to take notice until now. Ha, that was pretty fail on my part. orz)
* Uncensored DVD version for this scene please.