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「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.

* Risa spotted!
* Who wouldn’t want to wake up next to Miya? Her groggy look was great.
* Full-length images: 01, 13, 22.

 

Preview

ED4 Sequence & End Card

February 18, 2012 at 2:23 pm
41 comments »
  • February 18, 2012 at 2:47 pmroflcopter

    Good catch with Risa.

    • February 19, 2012 at 4:06 amBreedo

      They’ve turned it into a sport now spotting Risa lol…it’s like a minigame. I keep missing seeing her.

  • February 18, 2012 at 2:55 pmMasterDragonKnight

    Ahhh…the lovable idiot couple.

  • February 18, 2012 at 3:12 pmBeedle

    Wow, I completely missed Risa! Nice!

    Bakkapuru indeed.

  • February 18, 2012 at 3:16 pmBotagar

    He totally climaxed in that artbook scene…
    lucky bastard…

  • February 18, 2012 at 3:18 pmLitho

    Ah, finally the girl with the sex-hair. Gonna start a download.
    This series has 2 eps for each girl, right?

    • February 18, 2012 at 3:49 pmSuppa Tenko

      Unlimited Translation Works recently unveiled that new VN whose name I can’t remember with a character named Benkei with similar sexhair as Kaoru.

      • February 18, 2012 at 10:58 pmDar

        Thw novel title is Maji de watashi ni Koishinasai S
        Too bad Benkei didn’t have her own route

  • February 18, 2012 at 3:20 pmJhacks

    This episode is a god send. Watching this after that episode of Guilty Crown really helps me forget all the stupidity of that episode. The scene in the bus really had me laughing hard.

    This, IMHO, was one of the very best episodes so far.

    • February 18, 2012 at 5:46 pmKoroshiyaKi

      I did it wrong, I watched this before GC

  • February 18, 2012 at 3:52 pm9

    heh heh as always, good choice with the full length images >:3

  • February 18, 2012 at 4:08 pmc2710

    the opening scene remionded me of how araragi got sexually turned on by hitagi during their date in s eason 1

  • February 18, 2012 at 4:12 pmbillng

    Kaoru, so natural! Feels so right

  • February 18, 2012 at 4:17 pmWorldWiz

    Divine, do you know why Sae was skipped? She was originally between Ai and Kaoru, right?

    • February 18, 2012 at 5:09 pmDivine

      The order for this sequel has always been this as far as I’m aware, going back to the order of the character PVs that I included in the Winter 2012 Preview.

  • February 18, 2012 at 4:45 pmThe_Magus_Killer

    Sex Hair is now Chair Sex Hair. Junichi, you lucky bastard. All of my jelly. ALL OF MY JELLY! XD Yes, I wouldn’t mind if she wore a swimsuit, kimono, or nothing at all! XD

    Swimsuit: http://randomc.net/image/Amagami%20SS/Amagami%20SS%20plus%20-%2007%20-%20Large%2013.jpg

    Kimono: http://randomc.net/image/Amagami%20SS/Amagami%20SS%20plus%20-%2007%20-%20Large%2014.jpg (my personal favorite!)

    Nothing At All: http://randomc.net/image/Amagami%20SS/Amagami%20SS%20plus%20-%2007%20-%20Large%2015.jpg (goddamnit, steam censors! the Blu-Ray/DVD better remove this)

    When Satou Rina voices a Type-B Tsundere, we get the best results (points to biri-biri Misaka from To Aru Majutsu no Index, specifically episode 17 of season II)

    Maybe by walking through the woods, they’ll find themselves behind the school and eventually, inside the “Infamous-Amagami-Shack-Where-Kinky-Miracles-Happen”?

    Reminds me of her Ending Song in season 1:

    “Just a friend, such a friend, still a friend…

    Naze…naze…I can’t tell you my heart”

    Only Ayatsuji’s “Nageki no Tenshi” and Nanasaki Ai’s “Koi wa Mizuiro” managed to make an impression on me.

    • February 18, 2012 at 6:07 pmMissingnomer

      Same here, Nanasaki Ai’s ending song was my favorite of the first season, though this seasons ending song “Kokuhaku” by Azusa is really calming.

      • February 19, 2012 at 1:15 amThe_Magus_Killer

        I meant that besides’s Kaoru’s “Kitto Ashita Wo”, only Ayatsuji’s “Nageki no Tenshi” and Nanasaki Ai’s “Koi wa Mizuiro” managed to make an impression on me.

        So basically:
        1. “Nageki no Tenshi” tied with “Koi wa Mizuiro” for first place (I can’t make up my mind! XD)
        2. “Kitto Ashita Wo”
        3. The rest of the Amagami Ending Theme Songs. XD

  • February 18, 2012 at 6:00 pmMissingnomer

    That bus scene was too good. Did you see all the other passengers?
    They were all like o.o hm?
    Then they were like O.o hmmm?
    Then they were like O.O HMMM!?!?!
    Then they were all like -_- awww, too bad. rofl

    I agree with you completely Divine, I love Miya-chan’s unique cuteness too! Niishishishi

    • February 19, 2012 at 6:00 amBeedle

      Moments like that and the art sketch make me want to kill Junichi D=

      Damn, I need more lessons in bro-code from Umehara-sempai…

      • February 22, 2012 at 3:26 pmTori no uta

        yeah Umehara is quite the bro, I think they need to give him an episode of his own before this is all done.

  • February 18, 2012 at 6:20 pmschwegburt

    I love Kaoru and her sex hair. Definitely wins the award for cutest couple in my eyes.

  • February 18, 2012 at 7:10 pmfragb85

    Finally an arc that isn’t boring. Kaoru has some nice chemistry with Junichi and they didn’t skimp on a bit of fanservice. The chocolate scene in particular was quite kinky. Being left by the bus was predictable but at least its not a contrived way to test their relationship.

  • February 18, 2012 at 8:37 pmewok40k

    lol factor was high here… from the lapdance during the drawing lesson, to the villainous rebellion during the live show, to the obsession with limited time flavors, to the penalty game with watchers-on , and ending with them alone in the night. Is it me or sexhair is master at getting herself and Junichi into trouble?

  • February 18, 2012 at 8:56 pmSeishun Otoko

    Kaoru’s sex hair is soooo irresistable!
    We need more kinky scenes like that. This episode reminded me of everything I love about Amagami.
    The return of the Amagami shack next week? I can’t wait :P

  • February 18, 2012 at 9:45 pmHegent

    Kaoru!!! I always remember my ex when I’m watching Kaoru’s arc. You know how close friends are when they become a couple. It really doesnt have that awkward feeling. You hang out and have fun as you used to, right? That is why Kaoru’s arc is very comfortable to watch, as everything happens seamlessly. Everything that you do is fun, even forgetting about the time.

    I love you Kaoru! but I also love Ai! I cannot choose!

  • February 18, 2012 at 10:40 pmBeckett

    So far based just on episode 1 this is probably the best arc of this season. The others were fine but (Rihoko aside) them already being together with Junichi really kind of robbed them of any sense of drama or anticipation. Rihoko’s still had that, but it was presented in a boring way. Karou’s arc at least has a sense of fun about it, probably the best thing we can hope for when the “will-they-won’t-they” anticipation already passed in Season 1.

  • February 19, 2012 at 12:40 amLectro Volpi

    Character for true bros only is here!

    Kaoru came back to me for 2 episodes and I will enjoy it. Amazing start, that´s my pick.

    Sadly no “Kitto Ashita Wa…” this time.

  • February 19, 2012 at 1:55 amBlackStealth1989

    Homie got a lap dance in class! Taking one for the team ;]

  • February 19, 2012 at 3:00 amX

    Im expecting more misadventures for the bakacouple, but man I dont mind that at all cuz the two are probably the most natural and the best couple of Amagami! They are just so natural together, it’s awesome!

    PS Whats with the knife scene in the preview?

    • February 19, 2012 at 12:53 pmmafias

      Risa must be following them.

  • February 19, 2012 at 3:00 amShouhei

    I didn’t realise they switched the order between the Kaoru and Sae arcs, but I must say, I quite enjoyed this episode, and this is coming off as a surprise, given that Kaoru hasn’t been one of my favourites. Nevertheless, I’m starting to like her more now :)

  • February 19, 2012 at 11:17 amthenewhorde

    Kaoru has always been my favorite of the Amagami girls, and I am glad I made the right choice. Actually, I liked all of the Amagami girls either for Sae-chan. Ryouko was so-so.

    • February 20, 2012 at 9:06 ammakubex

      u didnt

  • February 19, 2012 at 12:52 pmStilts

    Agreed Divine – Kaoru and Junichi’s casual “baka couple” interactions are really natural, which is why I think I like the two of them together the most. Either that or Junichi and Rihoko. I don’t know, maybe I’m a sucker for the whole friend(childhood or otherwise)-turned-lover, but I like how those relationships work a lot more than when Junichi is being the gung-ho weirdo (Haruka), the dependable instructor (Sae-chan), the baka man-child (Ai) or the masochist man-bitch (Tsukasa). With Kaoru and Rihoko, both the girls and Junichi can be themselves, so it just works better.

    That said, Kaoru > Rihoko, hands down.

    Side note: Junichi totally “finished” during that classroom scene. Sexhair is a worthy adversary…

  • February 19, 2012 at 12:59 pmlaaa

    Hmmm I kind of rembered Kaoru b00bs bigger well what a shame

  • February 19, 2012 at 6:59 pmrpgman1

    That ending card with Kaoru reminds me of the h-manga artist Fukudahda.

    • February 19, 2012 at 11:50 pmMediafag

      That’s because it IS Fukudahda. Enterbrain embraces all of its fanartists, even those that come from an ero-making background (Kisaragi Gunma et al).

  • February 19, 2012 at 11:50 pmRyuuzaki21

    chocolate bus scene! ROFL!
    though i dont like kaoru that much, i like seeing them as a couple, they seem so natural and fitted for each other.

  • February 21, 2012 at 10:31 amJulio

    Yay! We got see Keiko alone eating a watermelon. She hardly gets any screentime especially scenes of her like that. Is that the first time Risa pop out in this new season? I hope we get another episode of her.

  • February 24, 2012 at 7:50 amRS456

    This is the best Amagami pair. Very entertaining.