「森島はるか 前編 セクシー 」 (Morishima Haruka Zenpen – Sekushii)
“Morishima Haruka, First Chapter – Sexy”
I declare “Pa…papa…Okaerinrin!” to be the equivalent of Moe Moe Kyun.
It wasn’t Hibiki unintentionally flowing with moe during her roleplay. It wasn’t Haruka’s sister somehow being more forward than the queen herself. Heck, it wasn’t even Miya’s Nishishi Engrish (HNNNGH!) that was the cause. It was EVERY SCENE that made this episode the re-entry many have been waiting for.
Although Queen Haruka did not as strongly exhibit her signature kinkiness compared to last season, other characters sure started catching up. Whilst Haruka still managed to keep her original persona, this episode revealed a more exposed, sensitive ‘dere’ side to the previously resilient queen. Not everyone may enjoy this development as much as I did, but it is a development that will push this story’s conclusion.
This transformation in Haruka did not come about without affecting the cast in the process. Hibiki, perhaps disarmed by Haruka’s new charm point, displayed her own embarrassment this episode. Although more would’ve been excessive, Hibiki left me wanting more of her embarrassing roleplays. Junichi, clueless at first, catches on faster than usual to Haruka’s troubles, eventually setting up a fairly tense situation that well…we’ll have to wait for, won’t we?
But what’s most important is the NEW CHALLENGER, a totally unanticipated appearance by the gracious Jessica, (unrelated to Zessica). She didn’t get too much screentime (which I hope gets fixed next episode :3), but her forward ‘attacks’ spurred the development of romance more than any other character this episode. The look on Haruka’s face when that direct hit made contact was priceless. Priceless. She not only provided that healthy tension that makes a good arc, but also doubled the Haruka dose, twice the recommended daily value! Here’s a dare: when you see a scene where Haruka and Jessica are both talking, close your eyes. Can you tell the difference?
However, I am withholding any solid judgments so far on the arc. We’ve seen in many arcs in Amagami where the first episode was great, but the efforts made this episode will go to waste unless it concludes in style next week. Yes, the episode pulled off the setup, but can it follow through? Haruka had a spectacular finish last season, so I’ll take a bet that a spectacular finish will happen again, while perhaps fitting in a tiny bit more kinkiness before Amagami may end for good =(.
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ED6 Sequence & End Card