「七咲逢編 第二章 トキメキ」 (Nanasaki Ai-hen Dai Nishou – Tokimeki)
“Nanasaki Ai Chapter 2 – Throbbing”
Despite the high probability of seeing a new opening in a two-cour series, I admittedly wasn’t expecting one with Amagami SS due to the unique endings every arc. That’s not to say I’m not grateful for it, as all the girls look great in the sequence. It also happens to feature Nanasaki Ai at the very end since we’re currently on her arc. The actual second episode in her arc was a bit weird though. To start, it was pretty cool to see Kaoru tag along with Junichi and Umehara to check out the cute girl working in the library (appropriately played by Hanazawa Kana), during which Ai got a taste of our male protagonist’s unsightly side. Subsequently, that led to her having an improved opinion about him just because he happens to be good at math, plus showed us a very suspect side of the class president, Ayatsuji Tsukasa, who people have already suggested is not quite as she seems. The real awkwardness began when Junichi started reconsidering why he didn’t take the Nakata Sae route again, in light of the first-hand account by Miya on what he’s missing out on. At that point, I would’ve figured that everyone would start questioning what kind of relationship the Tachibana siblings have, but Ai was actually displeased over how her bust size was looked down upon. That insensitive bastard doesn’t deserve her.
To his credit, he made good on highlighting the appeal of a swimmer’s body like Ai’s, but had to do it in the most embarrassing way ever on his hands and knees in front of her entire club. And here I thought he had totally messed up with Ai. It’s amazing how quickly 2D girls look past such an obvious insensitive screw up, to the point that Ai would actually find that earnest childish part of Junichi endearing. (The heck!?) I wonder if she’d feel the same way if she found out this is the same person who was checking out his hot teacher and giving indication that he might be a bit of a closet masochist too. In any case, the last bit with the “grasshopper action belt” that Ai wanted to give to Junichi was odd to say the least. It’s a pretty weird gesture even if her brother Ikuo didn’t care for last year’s toys. Granted, I wouldn’t be able to turn down any gift that Ai would have, but I could have done without “Instructor Junichi” resurfacing to show her how to use it. Needless to say, awkward stuff. I would’ve been more okay with some kinky kissing, particularly given how it’s Ai this time around. Maybe we’ll get to that next time, since it looks like we’re in store for a date between the two of them. I’m still waiting for the moment that Ai loosens up around Junichi with her polite Japanese.