「ときめき聖夜。ファーストキスって、なんの味？」 (Tokimeki Seiya. Faasuto Kisu-tte, Nan no Aji?)
“Throbbing Christmas Eve. What Does a First Kiss Taste Like?”
There’s nothing holy about Christmas Eve when the night is left up to Yamada. In fact, it’s downright sacrilegious as she tries to shack up with Kosuda at a love hotel once she gets a gift she deems a green light to make her move. Of course, it wouldn’t be very entertaining if it all came easily for her, both mentally and physically, rocking away the night on a level 7 seismic scale, so part of the fun comes from her head-strong resolve yet inexperienced nature once again. Thanks to her younger but much capable sister Chika (Shimoda Asami) when it comes to manipulating guys, Yamada didn’t give us the Santa girl look for the date she eventually went on with Kosuda, but did provide glimpses of her “Yamada Eye” (and its lack of aim) and her love hotel “Search Mode”.
While all that ended up as nothing more than a humorous tease, I still got a good kick out of the mechanical noises coming out of Yamada in the latter case. The best part however was how the lighthearted tone set things up really nicely for Kosuda and Yamda’s first kiss. (Woohoo!) As shown there and many times before, Yamada still feels some level of humility and embarrassment towards doing the deed despite her one-track mind, which analytically-speaking, is probably the best part of this series. This episode in particular brought that out really well, by having Yamada haphazardly make the first move on several occasions only because Kosuda wouldn’t and get all embarrassed because of it, only to end up all flustered when he actually does right after.
「このままじゃ帰れない！いちゃラブ公園に行こうよ！」 (Kono Mama Ja Kaerenai! Icha Rabu Kouen ni Ikou yo!)
“We Can’t Go Home Like This! Let’s Go to the Make-out Park!”
One exception to that this episode was at the park near the end, where Yamada made Kosuda grope her breasts; however, it still didn’t change how embarrassed she was over making such a bold move. As such, that whole park scene was pretty damn hilarious, especially with how Kosuda originally thought he’d be seen as the one preying on a hapless beautiful girl when it was in fact quite the opposite. Seeing as things concluded on a comedic note involving all the peeping toms and their night-vision camera, it’s easy to overlook the actually character progression shown this time around.
In particular, Kosuda is slowly proving to be not only a good and honest person, but also one who gives a lot of thought towards a beautiful girl he knows is out of his league. Because of that, I can’t help but feel bad for Kosuda in some cases, considering he still doesn’t have a clue as to whether Yamada actually likes him or is simply messing around with him. Given the circumstances, you can’t really blame him for thinking the latter, but the really sweet part of this series is that Yamada is slowly starting to feel something towards Kosuda regardless of whether she originally intended to or not.
Still, it goes without saying that the adult-themed humor and risqué nature of the series round things out as a whole. Next time it looks like they’ll kick it up a notch with the next big romantic time of the year, Valentine’s Day, except the big twist is that Yamada’s going commando for some reason. With a short skirt like Yamada’s, it’s absolutely scandalous yet utterly awesome for the very same reason. It should be a good one.