「絢辻詞 後編 ケッセン」 (Ayatsuji Tsukasa Kouhen – Kessen)
“Ayatsuji Tsukasa, Second Chapter – Showdown”
I know I said that Tsukasa was probably going to see right through Noriko’s ploy, but I never anticipated that Junichi would have it so good right after she did. The infamous Amagami shed where kinky miracles happen makes its return! Everyone’s probably thinking it so I’ll just come out and say it: If Tsukasa’s that forceful when it comes to a kiss, imagine what she’s like in bed (which we all know happens). Forget not getting any sleep; Junichi would probably be a bit bruised and battered from all the rough stuff. I’m willing to bet handcuffs would be involved at some point.
Naturally, the mere thought of that is enough to win over hormone-raging audiences, but the many faces of Ayatsuji Tsukasa continue to be my favorite aspect about her character. There’s nothing better than the powerful independent type than knowing that you’re of the only person she confides in and will show her weaker to, as it’s quickly reciprocated by a desire to do anything for her. (I can’t believe I just typed that.) Mushy stuff notwithstanding, Junichi did do and say all the right things during this student council election, which reaffirms why Tsukasa (foolishly) fell for him in the first place. From my perspective, he’s clearly one lucky “sonuvabitch”, but not entirely undeserving of his fortuitous love life either. While he bites off more than he can chew at times, there’s almost an unspoken level of respect since it’s usually out of his comfort zone. The same probably can’t be said how being uncool lands him in an even better situation, but Tsukasa did feel that he provided the support she needed to win the election, so who am I to say otherwise?
The question is, will Junichi go down as the most enviable character of 2012 at this rate? Odds are that he’ll likely be a candidate if I choose to include such a category this year. From this first mini-arc alone, I’m quite impressed by how this sequel has captured the same romantic essence as the original — even after Junichi’s already in a relationship with each of the girls. It helps when there’s something to stir the pot like Noriko did here, but even then, two episodes aren’t a lot to work with. I’m really looking forward to seeing the other arcs now, especially Rihoko’s that’s coming up next. She was the only heroine who got “friend-zoned” in the first season (and pretty badly at that), so I’m really hoping this anime original follow-up makes up for that.
* Risa had a small cameo this episode.
* Congrats to Sae for taking second place from Noriko, who should’ve really rethought her strategy if she can’t even beat the shy first-year.
* Full-length images: 03, 08, 12, 28, 32.