(Sore wa Tsuda-kun no Shiyouzumi Tisshu / Shitagi mo Tsuketa Hou ga Ii? / Santa-san no Seiheki)
“That’s Tsuda’s Used Tissue / I Should Probably Put Some Underwear On? / Santa’s Character”
While it’s nothing more than a big tease, I like to fool myself into believing that Takatoshi can actually end up with Shino one of these days. He’s more or less realized that he’d be on a lot of students’ hit lists if he dared make a move, but when there’s plenty of indication that she wouldn’t be opposed to the idea, I think it’s worth putting his life on the line. If we ever need a successor as vice-president, Kotomi has made herself out as a sex-crazed middle schooler primed and ready to inherit her brother’s seat. In fact, Kotomi’s pushing the boundaries of what should be going through a girl at her age so much that I have a lot of difficulty seeing her as a 14/15 year-old. Forget vice-president, she’s the second coming of Amakusa Shino herself. If she’s this bad at her age, she may very well surpass her predecessor in her very first year in office. I don’t ever recall Shino bringing up relationships with teachers for one thing, even though the masochistic enjoyment from being watched is prevalent in them both. Let’s not forget how Kotomi will strip down below — underwear and all — right in front of her brother when she finds the kotatsu too warm though. Give her a couple of years and watch out. Tsuda Kotomi is here to rock Ousai Gakuen like it’s never been rocked before.
In terms of episode flow, I’m kind of impressed by some clever scene transitions without the use of the stamp punchlines to mark the end of one. For this episode in particular, the radiance of Mutsumi in her goal to become a bride blew everyone in the dojo away and looked like it carried all the way outdoors to lift some skirts as well. It’s nothing major, but notable since it actually gave a sense of concurrency going on. As for the jokes themselves, I’m starting to wonder if I should be concerned by how easily they click with me regardless of whether or not they’re extremely funny. They’re generally mildly amusing, but I’m often left feeling like they could have been much more unreserved in terms of subject matter. It’s like I’ve grown so accustomed to the girls’ sense of humor that I’m thinking they can come up with dirtier stuff that will actually surprise me again, much like Takatoshi has to a fair degree from hanging out with them day in and day out. The whole bit about Aria having a small mouth and how it would affect her relationships with guys was definitely one of the more eyebrow-raising ones, mainly because it implied that both her and Shino perceive giving head the way of the world. Now if they ever bring up how they deal with the mess afterward, then I’ll seriously be in awe again.
Finally, the Christmas episode of sorts that took place at Aria’s villa sure made it look like Takatoshi was going to get ravaged all night instead of playing a board game. I would’ve liked to see more karaoke of Kotomi and Suzu singing TRIPLE BOOKING songs; however, the gift exchange where Shino ended up with the pendant Takatoshi bought did provide that additional relationship aspect I was hoping to see. It sure looked like the two of them were going to have a moment together with a gift Shino prepared specifically for him, but that ended up being something that vibrates as well. Even Santa Claus won’t let him off in that regard, dropping an even bigger package from the sky that does the same. Maybe it’s a box of cellphones…?