「棚町薫 前編 スケッチ」 (Tanamachi Kaoru Zenpen – Sukecchi)
“Tanamachi Kaoru, First Chapter – Sketch”
Kaoru Kaoru Kaoru. The inseparable middle school friend who gave my favorite confession of season one after some lustful navel kissing hasn’t changed much since going out with Junichi, and I honestly wouldn’t have it any other way. Their relationship has to be one of the most natural out of the bunch, as both of them can just be themselves from Junichi’s perversions to Kaoru’s easygoing personality. Right from the get-go, it’s hard to believe that they’re going out at all, and the outside perception that they’re a “Bakappuru” (Baka Couple) is actually endearing and enviable when they’re not embarrassed about it. They’re just two big kids who haven’t really grown up — including their wallets — which keeps their relationship cute and playful for the most part while making strides to becoming something more when Junichi says something sweet and “punishes” her with a game. “Challenge accepted.” –Kaoru
The scene on the bus was “awkwardly good”, in the sense that it really had me going that the other tourists were thinking that Junichi and Kaoru were passionately making out, before surprising me by revealing that they could somehow actually see what was really going on. It definitely took me back to the passionately playful moments of the original season, which this sequel could probably benefit from by having more of — just for the sake of creating more buzz if nothing nothing. The timing is the tricky part of course, so it never hurts to have some wild delusional fantasies that can be thrown in at anytime. As for the overall direction of this follow-up arc itself, the live action hero show was a bit random, despite giving us some good looks at a victimized Kaoru, whereas the eventual bus tour made it fairly obvious that they were going to be left behind.
In the romance department, this arc doesn’t provide the same “thrill of the chase” feeling as before Junichi and Kaoru were going out — much like the arcs that came before it didn’t — however, it was still entertaining to watch in its own way. I became more of a fan of Kaoru after seeing her arc in the first season, so any more moments like this are always a treat. I can’t say I’m expecting too much from the second half, but when the preview shows the two of them running through the rain out in the woods somewhere, all we need is another Amagami shack “where miracles happen” to quickly change that. I can already picture them getting some alone time together, in a much more intimate way than they were even anticipating.
ED4 Sequence & End Card