「初めてなんだ」 (Hajimete Nanda)
“The First Time”
It’s a bit hard to empathize with Jirou when he’s complaining about being stuck in an empty hot spring inn with a bunch of cute girls. Sure they might be a little crazy or have some strong BL fantasies, but you can’t ignore just how well-endowed they are! Maybe I should catch this dreaded gynophobia to increase my chances of achieving a similar situation…
Then again, in an episode full of hijinks and naked girls, it really says something when there’s still enough time to give our unofficial couple some time to bond. While it’s still rather difficult to determine if Jirou really has feelings for Subaru, he’s doing a great job making her fall for him. Even though I may have said that developing gynophobia might have some benefits; I don’t think I could live with myself if I couldn’t hold a girl who was crying in front of me. Which is why I think Jirou deserves some major credit for holding out long enough to cheer Subaru up.
Seeing how my daughter hasn’t been born yet, I can’t honestly say that I understand what it’d be like for someone to date her. But I don’t think alienating my daughter by being overprotective is the way to go. While I do love all the extra screen time Nagare’s been getting since he shines when he enter’s overprotective parent mode, he really hasn’t been leaving the best impression. Not only was he forced to sleep in a tent outside of a massive inn to avoid Subaru calling the police on him, but I don’t think he’s winning any points with Subaru with that tough-parent acting. By now, he should understand that the little girl who used to come to him for everything is slowly growing up!
But unlike other shows where things are dragged out to the point that you feel like ripping your hair out (Kimi ni Todoke, I’m looking at you), I’m ecstatic that Mayo Chiki is taking a different take on bringing our two protagonists together. With both the first kiss and sharing an intimate moment out of the way, there’s only one thing left — becoming an official couple! While I don’t feel confident enough to say that, “I can see the ending” just yet, I am slowly gaining that confidence after listening to Subaru nearly confess to Jirou.
But since we’re only on episode eight, I wouldn’t mind a few more weeks of watching Nakuru strip everyone naked, Punyuru just being Punyuru, or Kanade shaking things up in Jirou’s life a bit. With next week’s destination being a maid café, I can only imagine how bad/dirty things could get if Jirou, Kanade, and Masamune are all in the same room.