「この胸のふくらみを」 (Kono Mune no Fukurami wo)
“This Swelling Chest”
Well this second episode took a turn that I wasn’t expecting. I thought we were going to have sketchy middle school underwear jokes again, but it turned about to be a semi-serious depiction of the insecurities and embarrassment girls feel when their bodies are developing. It was educational to a degree and gave the series another dimension, but left me wondering who their target audience for this stuff is. I can’t imagine anyone getting entertainment from watching Yako worry about her bust size and get teased about being too flat for the bra her mom bought her, but there are some twisted individuals out there (yours truly not among them of course).
In any case, there were some glimpses of humour revolving around the misunderstanding about Nayu and Haruka’s “relationship”, but they were overshadowed by Nayu staying up all night to make a custom cup-less bra for Yako. Yes, we got some touchy/mushy stuff, which doesn’t really fit the ecchi comedy genre that this is filed under. I figure they wanted to show that the series has more to offer than mindless perversion, though I question whether there’s even a point when it’s pigeonholed from the get-go. As such, I hope the lighter side of things returns next time, now that Nayu’s enthralled with the idea of creating an underwear club.
On a separate note, I don’t think it was necessary to show completely uncensored and underdeveloped breasts here, but find it ironic how we get this for Chu-Bra when everything is left up to our imagination in Seikon no Qwaser. Speaking of which, I’m so boycotting Qwaser until I see AT-X’s version in a couple of weeks. I would’ve seriously preferred the infamous fog over their zoomed-in camera panning, since we don’t even know what’s going on in the latter at times.