「市民プールはフラグがない(;´ Д`)」 (Shimin Puuru wa Furagu Ga Nai (;´ Д`))
“There are no Flags at the Pool”
I think I finally understand why shows that focus on comedy start to grow boring and stale — and why Haganai is totally not an example of that. I don’t know if I’d say it’s pushing the envelope by having a good amount of variety and pacing between comedy and fan-service but the way it builds a real story amongst all the laughs and boobs is something that makes it stand out amongst the crowd.
As much as it pains me to think about Itou Kanae starring in an adult video, it was impressive how much of that script Sena read out loud. But even more impressive than listening to one of my favorite seiyuu pretend she was partaking in a sex-scene had to be the drive Sena had to protect her precious 2d girl. Even though I should feel bad for her after enduring Yozora’s little prank, I clearly remember getting a good laugh listening to Yozora in-directly poke fun at Sena with that little excerpt she read. Does that make me a bad person?
After watching Sena get traumatized, I wasn’t expecting a new character to get introduced so suddenly. At first glance, I was afraid that Kobato was going to come off as a Kuroneko-esque character, especially with the type of clothes she was wearing. But as soon as Kodoka caught her off guard, I was pleasantly surprised with how cute of character she was. While she may be trying to be Reisis V. Felictiy Sumeragi on the outside, I’m glad that she’s a cute little sister on the inside.
With things focusing more on character development toward the end of the episode, there was one big moment that stuck out to me. The moment would be watching Kodaka finally assert himself and utilizing that bad first impression he gives effectively. It was pretty slick how he saved Sena from getting her ass handed to her but when he told her just how stupid she was being, it was like I was watching a whole different character.
If you haven’t already forgotten what happened back in episode one, Yozora is apparently very bitter about a close friend of hers abandoning her. Whether or not Kodaka is the kid who’s responsible for creating the devilish Yozora we know today, it doesn’t make sense why Yozora is keeping secrets from him. If he was the person who screwed up, she could easily just take her anger out on him. But if he isn’t, what does she gain from not telling him? With a face this flushed, I can’t wait to see what happens.