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「中多紗江 前編 ウタガイ」 (Nakata Sae Zenpen – Utagai)
“Nakata Sae, First Chapter – Uncertainty”

The writers had me going for a moment with the possibility of a “real” relationship problem in Sae’s arc, but they let that chance slip away by playing up Junichi’s uncertainty a wee bit more than it probably needed to be. I actually would’ve liked getting strung on until the very end with Sae’s puppy marriage meeting, as having something get in between Junichi’s relationship worked wonders in Tsukasa’s arc. But evidently, I seem to be fishing for a little more conflict in this sequel than I’ll likely see, despite the fact that this newly improved, extremely popular, and much more sociable Sae looked like she was up for the challenge.

Given the direction this episode was headed, I’ll admit that I was anticipating a reversal of dependability in Junichi and Sae’s relationship to be the main point of interest, so I do feel like that the writers pulled a quick one on me by using this first of two episodes to reconfirm their feelings for one another in preparation for the real conflict to come. At the same time, I’m kind of impressed by how well the material this week worked as a standalone episode, seeing as I originally figured that two-episode arcs would be too brief. What surprised me the most though was how I wasn’t looking forward to Sae’s arc whatsoever and it proved to be rather cute in a lot of ways. I didn’t learn my lesson from the first season it would seem, as Sae continues to make a case for herself about how it’s the soft-spoken and timid girls that more guys should be more concerned about.

With the way that this episode sidestepped the perverted Junichi “landmine” for the most part, I’m actually looking forward to the possibility that it’ll go off with the Founder’s Festival stuff next time. It’s been a while since I watched Sae’s original arc — 1.5 years to be exact — so I wouldn’t mind a healthy dose of some teacher/student role play just for nostalgia sake. It’s just one aspect of their relationship that I’ve come to remember it by. That’s not to say it has to get as kinky as before though.

* SD Miya was pretty awesome.
* Full-length images: 03, 11, 14, 17, 18, 24, 26, 29, 35.

 

Preview

ED5 Sequence & End Card

March 5, 2012 at 11:45 pm
17 comments »
  • March 5, 2012 at 11:51 pmMissingnomer

    Alright guys, let’s all think of some “fun” situations that Junichi can put the precious Sae-chan in the next episode! :)

  • March 6, 2012 at 12:02 amewok40k

    Sae can make even a bear cute…

  • March 6, 2012 at 12:04 amJelly

    AWESOME this is their best end card yet.

  • March 6, 2012 at 12:13 amBeckett

    1 down, 1 to go before the true heroine of the series gets her moment to shine again.

  • March 6, 2012 at 1:36 amaer0gam3r

    Wow that last picture of Sae looks like it came straight from an eroge XD

  • March 6, 2012 at 2:51 am1Lau

    Sae in Bear Costume is sooooooooo Cute :3

  • March 6, 2012 at 6:00 amn0216332

    gonna get hate for this >:) but sae x junichi is the only pairing that are so boring they needed to add in excessive amount of narration… doesnt stop her from being cute i guess.

  • March 6, 2012 at 6:11 amReadingSteiner

    DAT NARRATOR

  • March 6, 2012 at 6:24 amThe_Magus_Killer

    Lemony Narrator/Joji Nakata/Kotomine Kirei voice:

    http://randomc.net/image/Amagami%20SS/Amagami%20SS%20plus%20-%2009%20-%20Large%2011.jpg

    “Tachibana Junichi. From now on, your world will change completely. You are now a human who has finally acquired a girlfriend. You have become a boyfriend.”

    http://randomc.net/image/Amagami%20SS/Amagami%20SS%20plus%20-%2009%20-%20Large%2014.jpg

    “Rejoice, young man. Your “wish” will finally be granted.”

    So this is what Assasin’s master was doing for a living while waiting for the 2nd season of Fate/Zero. XD

  • March 6, 2012 at 6:43 amRyougaZell

    I’ll admit it. I skipped Kaoru’s arc because I couldn’t find the motivation to see it. But I had to return and watch Sae’s arc. Awesome.

    I loved Tsukasa’s arc. I loved Ai’s arc. I enjoyed Rihoko’s arc. Kaoru and Morishima-senpai? I’ll probably end up dragging watching them. Not really interested.

  • March 6, 2012 at 8:09 amdeafvader

    kawaii kuma
    i never knew it was possible

  • March 6, 2012 at 9:27 amroflcopter

    I spy a Risa.

  • March 6, 2012 at 3:41 pmTunkMonkey

    Sae needs to get her passive-aggressive personality kicked into aggressive mode and rape Junichi’s butt

  • March 6, 2012 at 3:59 pmThe Moondoggie

    Sae-chan mix sexy with moe into a perfect blend of awesomeness… Nuff said

  • March 6, 2012 at 9:13 pm7godeohs

    I was looking forward to this arc…….then the narrator chimed in. Again? Really?! Do we need that? Is it supposed to be funny?

    Personally, I don’t like the narration thing and I think it takes away from the story as a whole. Different strokes for different folks I guess.

    –and yes, a wild Risa appeared – good eye.

  • March 6, 2012 at 10:32 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

    “GAU!!!!”

    HHHNNNNGGGGG!! lol

  • March 6, 2012 at 11:33 pma42

    While I like Sae well enough, the best part of her arcs is the increased role Miya gets to play. Can never have enough Miya.