OP: 「君が夢を連れてきた」 (Kimi ga Yume wo Tsuretekita) by Pet na Kanojo-tachi [茅野愛衣, 中津真莉子, 高森奈津美 (Kayano Ai, Nakatsu Mariko, Takamori Natsumi)]
「秋の嵐がやってきた」 (Aki no Arashi Gayattekita)
“An Autumn Storm Blows In”
After last episode, it was inevitable that there would be some fall off, because unlike a certain other series that I need to stop referring to in every other post, Sakurasou doesn’t have so many plotlines going that it can resolve 3+ in a single episode and hardly put a dent in its inventory. No, this week is the start of a new trial for Sorata and co, and that needs some time to build up. Build up it did.
After some amusing hijinks (see my Random Thoughts for more), we were introduced to Rita Einswoltz (Kawasumi Ayako), the busty, blonde-haired babe who was Mashiro’s roommate in England and the former bearer of Mashiro Duty. As a misunderstanding and fanservice machine, you’d think I’d like her, wouldn’t you? Alas, ’tis not the case. Or rather, in regards to Rita as a character, I’m not sure yet. As for her stated reason for coming to Sakurasou, on the other hand, my feelings are much clearer.
Please pardon me while I go on a rant. Rita’s goal is to bring Mashiro back to England because she thinks her talents are wasted on drawing manga. She says that people are waiting for her next painting, and that she should fulfill their expectations. If you don’t like salty language, please turn away now. We all good? Alrighty.
I skipped over a few things, so let me go back. Despite Rita’s stated reasons, I’m pretty sure that whole “fulfill other people’s expectations” stuff is total bunk. From her talk about Mashiro “breaking her” (and perhaps Sorata too), it’s clear that jealousy is at the root here. Rita was so overwhelmed by Mashiro’s ability that she stopped painting altogether, and I think now she wants Mashiro to paint for the both of them. That’s the expectations she’s really talking about.
On the festival, it was obvious from the beginning of this series that eventually, all the residents of Sakurasou would make a game together. Yes, it’s kind of convenient that all the residents just happen to have skills that allow Sorata to spotlight his own limited ones (learn to program if you want to make games, dammit!), but that doesn’t mean I’m not excited to see the results! Especially since the whole Nyaboron idea that Misaki-sempai talked about at the beginning seemed ridiculous and funny…which is exactly my kind of show! (Seriously, I got some major Aquarion EVOL vibes when she was describing it. In a good way.) I must say though, I like Sorata’s idea. A game that a big group has to “work together to make the story advance” sounds like a very Sakurasou kind of game (and kind of meta to boot). I mean, it’d probably sell like crap, but they don’t have to care about that right now, you know? I can’t wait to see what they make.
Finally, there’s Akasaka (Horie Yui). The Dragon Hermit finally emerges! He was a good burst of pure humour in what was otherwise a pretty speedy and story-focused episode, and one I heartily enjoyed. I’m not sure what I found more entertaining, though…the fact that J.C. Staff has Hocchan bokuing it up on two shows this season, or that of the two, she’s doing a better job on this one (i.e. the one she isn’t the main character for). Her voice is just slightly lower and more terse here, which makes her sound more masculine. Though then again, maybe the existence of Meido-chan is clouding my judgement…
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Mashiro’s busty, blonde-haired ex-roommate stirs things up as Akasaka finally emerges. But is Mashiro really wasting her talent? #sakurasou
- Speaking of Akasaka, we got some tweaks to the OP and ED this week to highlight his official appearance! The funny thing is though, I didn’t even notice that he was in the original ED. He is very, very sneaky.
- Ohoho, looks like this Miyahara guy is going to be important later on. A competitor for Nanami’s heart, ne? …die.
- Speaking of, I laughed at how Miyahara was choking Sorata as all the girls were yaoi shipping them. C’mon Sorata, fight back! That was a little too beta of him for my tastes…or in this case would it uke? :X
- MY MY SABER, HOW YOU’VE GROWN! …though actually, I think Rita is giving off more of a Henrietta vibe. Trying to NTR her friend at a hotel? Yeah, that’s right up her alley. “I’ll be gentle,” HAH!
- I loved the scene where Mashiro declared Sorata the enemy (and Sensei informed him of her disdain), but best of all was Jin giving Sorata his lady killer title. I don’t know, he needs to be better at closing before he really deserves that. Though he did seem excited when he thought he accidentally scored a foursome, so he gets points there.
- Tomatoes are a super vegetable? While I’m supremely happy with Hocchan’s performance, I feel like an opportunity was lost here. Can we get a Haruka Tomatsu cameo up ins this bitch or wot??
- This time Hocchan gets to be the dragon, instead of just crushing on him.
- By the way, a note on Akasaka: yes, he is a boy. Having long hair doesn’t make someone a girl, people! And by people, I mean Zephyr. I laughed multiple times at this episode, but the absolute funniest thing was seeing Zephyr’s confusion when I told him Akasaka wasn’t a girl. Five minutes of “WHAT…BUT…WHAT…HUH!?!” later and I was practically dying! Well done, Zephyr, well done. Also, *falls off his chair and goes back to laughing*
ED: 「DAYS of DASH」 by 鈴木このみ (Suzuki Konomi)