「中多紗江編 第二章 トックン」 (Nakata Sae-hen Dai Nishou – Tokkun)
“Nakata Sae Chapter 2 – Special Training”
Remember how I said Junichi needs to be on a leash around Sae? Well, make that in a prison cell with the way he’s “training” her into an AV actress. I actually said “oh god” out loud on at least three times this episode because I saw where they were going with it and didn’t want to see it happen. First off, a beautiful naive girl should never be left alone with a closet pervert of epic proportions. That simply should not be allowed to happen under any circumstances, yet we’re supposed to slowly feel like they’re meant for each other. My immediate thought was, “Sorry no, it’s not going to happen.” Well unfortunately for me and my wishful thinking, it is going to happen and all under the guise of preparing Sae for her first part-time job. Safe to say, the Junichi we’re seeing this time around is a prime example of a homely guy you see with a slightly ditsy yet unbelievably attractive girl and wonder what the hell she sees in him. In the guy’s case, it’s easy to consider him a power freak who loves having a submissive girl; however, in the girl’s case I’m usually defaulting to the “because he manhandled her first” reason. It probably doesn’t tell the whole story, but who really cares about the whole story from a third-person perspective. Just ask Miya. She’ll tell you all about the story that matters.
To be fair, Junichi does seem to want to help Sae overcome her introverted personality and become more sociable. The only problem is that we only see it about one percent of the time, with the other ninety-nine being that he wants to touch her breasts and get into her pants. Not cool from the unsuspecting bystander’s point of view. At this point, I’m actually quite thankful to have Nakata Jouji as our sarcastic narrator, since he is able to give a comedic flair to Junichi’s perverted nature so that we know it’s not meant to be taken too seriously. If it weren’t for that, our image of him from Haruka and Kaoru’s stories would have gone down the drain even faster than it already did. This way, he still has a chance to redeem himself (ever so slightly), which would probably start if he stopped getting Sae to speed change behind a counter and asking her mock interview questions as if they were for an AV casting. Like seriously, has the guy even tried to change while squatting himself? Also, the way he posed the questions at the hot spring, asking Sae her high school and year, just came out incredibly wrong in my mind. I don’t even get the point of bring her to a doctor fish pool for it, other than the obvious reason of getting her to slip into a two-piece swimsuit she was practically falling out of.
I will say that I got a laugh out of Sae making a lot of erotic noises when her feet were being tickled by the fish — right after the obligatory “oh god.” However, I actually found Junichi convincing Sae to change and ordering her to drop her pants for a P.E. uniform check much more inappropriate. The former was entirely due to Sae’s extremely ticklish nature, whereas the latter gave off the disturbing feeling that there was an ulterior motive to all this training. You know, the one of the S&M kind. Speaking of which, it’s that bossy, almighty attitude of Junichi this arc that I find irksome, because he has absolutely no idea what the hell he’s doing and just makes crap up as he goes along. Perverted crap. The one saving grace is the aforementioned sarcastic narrator, as he reiterates that Junichi is meant to be ridiculed here for behaving as such and not simply hated for it. For his antics, we get to see him get burned in return, whether it’s being told what we’re already thinking (i.e. pervert) or him coming up short in The Game of Life. Be that as it may, I gather everyone’s impression of this series would’ve been drastically different if they started off with Sae’s story. I personally don’t mind the lighthearted variety since it shows that Amagami can approach each arc from a different angle, but I definitely prefer the more drama-like alternative.