「棚町薫編 第二章 トマドイ」 (Tanamachi Kaoru-hen Dai Nishou – Tomadoi)
“Tanamachi Kaoru Chapter 2 – Confusion”
Holy crap is this a kissing fetish anime or what? The back of Haruka’s knee was some kinky role-play, but it pales in comparison to Kaoru offering her navel to Junichi’s lips. While much more alluring in my books, this one admittedly didn’t have as much impact as Haruka’s one, mainly because the latter “mentally prepared” me for this kind of stuff. There are still a lot of erogenous zones to go, so I’m curious which girl’s going to offer up her lower back, armpit, neck, or collarbone (…to name a few). The possibilities are endless! For that, kudos to the producers/creators for finding interesting ways of providing fan-service outside the overused cleavage and “accidental” groping. The funny thing is, they still try to lead us into thinking that way, before pulling a quick one where it’s actually nothing of the sort. More so than Junichi’s lips actually landing on Kaoru’s body, it was the lead-up to it where she teased him a bit about how he would act if she either refused or was all for it that made it exciting. Well that, and the way she got Junichi to kneel down before untucked her shirt and opening the way to the “promised land”. giku~
In the face of all these sexual situations, Junichi does deserve some credit for going with his manly desires rather than backing down, though the girls sure help him a hell of a lot along the way. As soon as he hesitates or is wishy-washy about going through with something he suggested, they’re right there to encourage him to do it. And to think, this was his way of getting back at Kaoru for teasing him earlier on and accidentally bumping lips with him, resulting in what was technically their first kisses. So um, middle-school friend is in the bath and comes to the stark realization that she’s starting to see a guy as more than a friend, takes it upon herself to mess with him by making it seem like she’s going to kiss him, actually does so by accident, then makes up for it by letting him kiss her in the belly button? What kind of school is this and why wasn’t I enrolled here!?
I’m jesting of course, as it’s only in 2-D land that girls are this playful and “friendly” to the average Joe, which is a shame yet a relief at the same time. I mean, can you imagine how unproductive school would have been if life there was like this? Granted, high school was more or less a breeze and these “extra-curricular activities” would have helped pass the time a lot faster, but I can’t see it boding well for society with the sex-crazed teenagers we’d get out of the education system. That’s the rational side of me speaking though, as I wouldn’t be opposed to giving this fictional world a whirl after having gone through the much tamer real one. I will say that as an escape from reality, energetic girls like Kaoru who’ll climb on top of guy in a skirt to retrieve some kids’ birdie make for some pretty good entertainment. If Junichi and Kaoru were actually going out already, I’d be kind of jealous of the relationship too, since their interactions would be much more plausible in that case.
In light of the greatness that is Kaoru this episode, I’m honestly left wondering if the plan is to try and have every subsequent girl’s arc try to eclipse the previous one. If that’s the case, Tsukasa fans can probably rejoice about her being the last girl and all the kinky type of role-play that might come from the diligent class president. They say the quietest ones are generally the wildest behind closed doors, so we might be in for one hell of a ride with her (pun only intended if you have a dirty mind). Surprisingly, this episode wasn’t solely about Kaoru being a lot of “fun”, as it started off with her giving the guy Keiko likes a piece of her mind for laughing at the letter she put a lot of thought into writing. It also ended off with Kaoru catching sight of her mother meeting up with some guy, which she’s not the least bit happy about even though her father’s no longer around (for yet to be explained reasons). The family drama aspect wasn’t one I was expecting, so it’ll be interesting to see what comes from it. The next episode is titled “Betrayal”, which I’m inclined to believe is in regard to Kaoru’s mother and not Junichi.
– Another support character, Itou Kanae (Matsuoka Yuki), made a brief appearance here as Rihoko’s friend.
– I didn’t mention it last time, but the opening sequence changed slightly at the start of this arc, with Kaoru as the last girl shown near the end instead than Haruka. This is likely going to happen with each girl’s arc.