「女子は浴衣姿がな、超可愛い(゜∀゜)」 (Jyoshi wa Yukatasugata gana, Chou Kawaii (゜∀゜))
“You See, Girls wearing Yukata are Really Cute”
After luring us with the promise that Taka and Sora might one day be reunited with each other, this week’s episode of Haganai finally delivers. While the build up to that special moment could have been a bit more emotional, it was leaps and bounds better than a certain show with its strange ideas of how to build relationships (not only with the characters but the audience).
But before any of the sappy stuff came into play, there were a bunch of trademark Haganai moments that would have made this episode stand out amongst the rest. Amongst the familiar fan-service shots, there were some great cameos if you were paying attention. Oh, and I’m sure that all of you were paying a lot of attention to Rika’s tongue as well! In terms of humor, I was pleasantly surprised with how well the show still flows even when it goes for a melodramatic approach. The story of Kodaka’s stance on keeping his natural hair color to maintain the only link he has left with his mother; even if he has to endure ridicule from his peers not only felt natural but was one of the sweetest things I’ve heard from a male protagonist this entire season!
But it didn’t stop there. Now, if you’ve been following my posts, you should know that I’ve been praying for something amazing to happen the moment Kodaka realizes his best friend has been sitting literally a few feet away from him. And while the emotions I was hoping for just weren’t there, everything else was. From the reason Yozora cut her hair to the disappointment I had for her moments before the scene started — AIC did a bang up job of hitting a high note with a scene that lasted literally seconds.
Judging from the previews, next week’s episode looks like it will dive deeper into the mystery surrounding just what happened between Taka and Sora and hopefully how they’ll both deal with finding their long lost best friend! <3