「中多紗江編 第三章 ヘンカク」 (Nakata Sae-hen Dai Sanshou – Henkaku)
“Nakata Sae Chapter 3 – Change”
We’re three-quarters the way through Sae’s arc and there haven’t been any sign of kinky kissing going on. Instead, they hit us with the tentacle/bondage fetish from a live-action sentai show at an amusement park of all things. This may be a comedic arc, but have they no shame!? In reality, I just wanted to say that for the sake of doing so, because I was laughing at how Sae secretly loves a sentai series just like another quiet girl in Mitsudomoe and winds up getting ravaged and somehow mistaken for a first grader. We’re not talking about first-year middle school either, but a six year-old elementary school one. How a guy in a squid suit can’t put two and two together at the sight of Sae’s curves is beyond me, especially when she’s not that short, but that did lead to an unbelievably cute scene where she called out for the Inago Mask squad (i.e “grasshopper mask” and a likely reference to Kamen Rider) with all the other children in attendance. In fact, Sae proved to be pretty cute throughout this episode, with the scene where she was shaking her head with a sandwich in her mouth to Miya’s suggestion of entering the Miss Santa contest being tops in that regard. There was also her bashfulness from trying to prevent her skirt from flipping up during her early morning interview training on the school rooftop. For that one, her long dress shirt showing instead of her underwear was a nice touch to keep it fairly innocent. That is, unless you’re viewing it from the “hadaka Y shirt” 「裸Yシャツ」 perspective of course, which I may or may not have myself. >_>
Anyway, it was nice to see Sae’s earnest efforts come to fruition with her landing a job as a waitress at a restaurant with cute maid uniforms. Junichi on the other hand proved to be pretty dense about what Sae was implying when she said she didn’t want to be his sister last time, and Haruka was evidently no help since she’s right up there with him in terms of being clueless. What was surprising about Junichi’s confusion though is that it took things in the one direction that I wasn’t expecting this arc — Sae taking the initiative. Granted, she was fairly subtle about it by asking him to continue being her instructor even after she got the job, but casually inviting him out to the amusement park was a pretty bold move. In light of that, it’s pretty amazing how Junichi still hasn’t come to the stark realization that he likes Sae for more than her breasts even after all the signs she’s given him. He looks like he’s on the verge of getting it through that thick skull of his at least, after Sae asked if they look like a couple and asked him to enter the Best Couple contest with her. Gee, if Junichi didn’t even start to figure it out at that point, I would have had to officially declare him brain dead. With all the effort Sae’s putting into making him realize her feelings, I’m going to be the first to say that he does not deserve a cute girl like her. When they do hook up in the Christmas episode next time, it will be all thanks to Sae.