「森島はるか編 第三章 ヤキモチ」 (Morishima Haruka-hen Dai Sanshou – Yakimochi)
“Morishima Haruka Chapter 3 – Jealousy”
With the way Haruka teases yet puts out now, I can sort of see why part of Japan’s population has given up on 3D girls. These dating simulation girls aren’t realistic whatsoever and Haruka’s behavior blew my mind away more than once over the course of this episode. I could totally appreciate Junichi’s new outlook on life after falling in love (more or less), but the scenario they set up here with Haruka getting jealous about how friendly he was with Kaoru and Takahashi-sensei was like a page straight out of a lonely otaku’s fantasy book. Junichi basically had Haruka around the tip of his finger by flattering her further about being happy that they’re getting along, making it difficult for her to outright deny his request for another kiss on the eyebrows. Being the huge flirt that she is though, Haruka proposed that he kiss her instead this time after deeming that his eye are too perverted right now, which left me wondering how disillusioned some innocent unsuspecting souls would get from comparing this to real life. Now I could be jumping to conclusions prematurely, and some lucky guys are in a high school paradise this very moment, but I still can’t imagine them having school idols suggesting that they kiss them next and making a game out of it.
After seeing them sneak around the school and end up at the pump shed on the outskirts of it, my facial expression was pretty much a combination of permanent smirk like Junichi’s and a perplexed brow from the “oh my god” thoughts running through my mind. I’m inclined to believe that the writers were out to make every lonely soul out there fall for Haruka and wonder why they don’t know a girl like her. To that end, Itou Shizuka was deployed as the weapon of choice and did an impeccable job going with Junichi’s flow even when it came to letting him kiss the back of her knee like a puppy. I guess it was a lot more innocent than the other areas I had in mind when Haruka said anywhere but the lips, but that still didn’t stop them from make it a fan-service-filled affair when Junichi whipped out some tongue action and Haruka started moaning a fair bit from the tickling sensation. My raw reaction to that was something along the lines of, “OMG WTF KIND OF PLAY IS THIS!?”, yet I sadly couldn’t peel my eyes away from the screen for one moment. (It was pretty hot.) Damn you 2D anime girls for not being realistic at all and twisting my views on the real world.
If that weren’t bad enough, that fetish-like showing was only followed up with another one after Hibiki convinced Haruka to fawn on Junichi even though he’s younger. Much like Junichi was surprised to learn, I was at a loss for words when Haruka was all spirited about doing some kidnap make-believe to spice up her lunch. First the dog thing, now being bound and spoon fed? What’s more, she actually got upset about Junichi not playing the kidnapper role convincingly enough. She even went on begging for “more” and wanting to “eat it”, which had way too many sexual connotations when taken out of context. Hibiki seemed to think it was cute, while Ai was saved from trying to understand what kind of fetish was going on over there. For me, I was speechless at the onset of Junichi’s scenario play but quite intrigued when I saw that Haruka was completely on board with the idea. (Masochist?) I don’t deny that I enjoyed almost every minute of her being the ultimate “playmate”, but this isn’t right! Stuff like this doesn’t happen! This is just a setup for unreasonable expectations in real life as far as I’m concerned, but I’d be lying if I said it didn’t work well as the ultimate tease in an anime. Anyway, the next episode looks like it’s going to revolve around a date with Haruka on Christmas Eve, which seems to suggest things will reset before the start of the next girl’s arc.
Update (07/16): A hilarious interview with Itou Shizuka confirmed that the series will reset every four episodes. She talked a bit about the challenges of disregarding everything that’s happened in Haruka’s arc in subsequent ones when she’s a sub-character and the embarrassment of voicing some of the above scenes.