「そんな遊びはいけません! 〜君がいると世界観が乱れる〜」 (Sonna Asobi wa Ikemasen! ~Kimi ga Iru to Sekaikan ga Midareru~)
“You Can’t Do Something Like That! ~My Idea of Reality Gets Screwed Up When I’m With You~”
I’ll admit that I haven’t been the best at noticing some of the cameos that Haganai has been featuring each episode. But if you were there to see my face when the writers made a Mayo Chiki reference, you’d probably be laughing your head off.
In all honesty, the Mayo Chiki reference actually made a lot of sense when you compare it to the situation that Yukimura is facing. For those of you who haven’t seen Mayo Chiki, one of the main characters is actually a girl who is forced to maintain the facade of being a male butler so she can both serve her childhood friend and uphold her family’s name. Naturally, she gains popularity amongst all the girls who mistakenly want her for themselves and lives a fairly easy life until her secret is accidentally discovered by the male lead. After which a love triangle forms and you have a fairly standard harem with a reverse trap! But if you take a second to stop and think a little more about it, wouldn’t it be amazing if Yukimura were somehow able to follow the same path and make a whole ton of friends (and possibly a boyfriend?)? Especially when you compare how little of the spotlight she gets, it’d be an interesting way to flesh her character out!
Seeing how each episode thus far has focused on a specific character, this week’s was Yozora’s for sure. I don’t know if I was focusing on the wrong things but I just couldn’t get my mind off of how she handled her ending to that otome game. It may have been the way she phrased it or the look on her face but I couldn’t shake the impression that she was using the ending of the game as a self fulfilling prophecy for what may happen to her after she finishes high school. Because not only is thinking about life in that manner terribly depressing but it seems almost out of character for someone who’s supposed to be as cold and cool as Yozora.
Throw in how she’s been constantly mumbling about making mistakes in terms of how she handled removing the “competition” and I can’t help but feel that things might go down a darker path in the near future. And it certainly doesn’t help that Rika’s “Time Machine” seems to have revealed Kodaka and Yozora’s secret past. While I still personally can’t figure out why it’s such a big deal that Yozora and Kodaka knew each other in the past, I suppose it makes sense that the other members of the Neighbor’s Club could feel betrayed or even jealous since the pair used to share some sort of external relationship. But honestly, how much of that do you think is driven by their need to get into Kodaka’s pants?
Judging from the preview though, it looks like things don’t go nearly as bad as the ending would lead us to believe — if anything it looks like it spurs even more changes with Sena in maid outfit and Rika out of character with a legitimate gloomy look on her face.
P.S. Was it just me or was Rika totally awesome this episode? I think I may have officially become a Rika lover.