OP: 「Check My Soul」 by azusa
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「絢辻詞編 前編 ユウワク」 (Ayatsuji Tsukasa Zenpen – Yuuwaku)
“Ayatsuji Tsukasa, First Chapter – Temptation”
Amagami SS is back and just as enjoyable as ever. I may be a bit biased when it comes to the sequel to my favorite romance of 2010, but I really couldn’t wipe the smirk off my face while watching this premiere. This first of two anime original episodes for Tsukasa’s arc provided the same back-and-forth banter as the first season and in some cases, actually improved on it. The most challenging part of this sequel was probably finding something to stir up Junichi’s relationship with the heroine he already ended up with, so in Tsukasa’s case, we have a new character named Kurosawa Noriko (Tauchi Natsuko) wedging her way in between. The motive: She’s full of pride and has a grudge against Tsukasa. The setting: The school election for the next student council president. The wildcard: Tachibana Junichi.
Normally I hate plots that revolve around this kind of petty high school crap, but I really didn’t mind in this case since it’s Tsukasa. I feel sorry for anyone who has a bone to pick with her since she’s not nearly as sweet and innocent as she lets on, so I’m just waiting for the moment where she totally crushes Noriko. To that end, they sure are making it interesting with Noriko picking Junichi as her vice-president and leading preliminary votes using her father’s influence. The best part of it all is that Tsukasa does feel a little pressured and will actually listen to Junichi’s not-so-pure recommendations. I wasn’t entirely sure what to make of the photo session from the promo videos, but as soon as I saw Junichi’s reaction to Tsukasa’s skirt almost flipping, it just clicked. I wouldn’t go so far as saying I was on the same wavelength as Junichi, but I could definitely see how he secretly wanted to turn this into a gravure photo shoot.
The end result was some great fan-service, even though Tsukasa was in her school uniform the entire time. (Junichi sooo doesn’t deserve this.) There’s just something alluring about seeing a hard-ass like Tsukasa go along with one of Junichi’s whims even for a moment. It was also amusing from my perspective, safe from getting smacked around afterward. The cliffhanger was pretty good with Noriko and her posse setting up Junichi and getting Tsukasa to witness it, mostly because I found the preview absolutely hilarious. I get the feeling that Tsukasa will see through Noriko’s scheme but will give Junichi a hard time regardless, leading to more “interesting” scenarios in the second half.
* Pretty clever of the writers to throw Sae into the student council president fray just to give her, Miya, and Ai some screen time.
* Judging from how azusa sings the ED theme as well, it doesn’t look like there will be character songs this time around.
* Much like I suspected, the order of the characters PVs is the order the arcs will be aired in. Tsukasa -> Rihoko -> Ai -> Kaoru -> Sae -> Haruka. This has been confirmed by the episode titles.
* Full-length image: 22, ED 01, ED 02, ED 03, ED 04, ED 05, ED 06. *Special thanks to MrRei for the ED images.*
ED: 「告白」 (Kokuhaku) by azusa
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