「奇行少女は傷つかない」 (Unbreakable Weird Girl)
“Kikou Shoujo wa Kizutsukanai”
Maybe I’m just expecting too much, but I was hoping for a much larger reaction from the Neighbor’s Club after Yozora casually revealed that she and Kodaka were childhood friends. Because when you have a group of people who overvalue the word “friendship” to the point where they can’t realize they’ve all become friends with each other, I thought it would be natural that they’d follow up this discovery of “friendship” with something equally over the top. And even though I didn’t get the reaction (or accompanying humor) I was expecting, it was a nice surprise when the episode didn’t completely shift back to its normal gag format but actually kept on rolling with the friendship theme.
If you look at Sena and Yozora, the relationship that the two share could be considered okay at best. While their intentions may not always be the same; Yozora trying to kick Sena out of Kodaka’s spotlight versus Sena’s inability to give up the grudge she has on Yozora; the pair are always at each other’s throat. But in this week’s episode I think I caught the first glimpse of the two slowly beginning to become a bit more perceptive to each other. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not crazy enough to think that either of them will leave their past behind them but with friendship being the revolving theme throughout the episode I’m hoping that this might be a signal that their horribly caustic relationship may slowly begin to change!
With all that said, I have a feeling that most of you don’t watch Haganai every week for the sappy emotional stuff. And in true Haganai form there were more than enough gags and suggestive shots to get anyone’s blood pumping. For me personally, I’ve become a big fan of everything and anything involving Rika. I’ll admit that I wasn’t fond of her in the beginning but something in season two has really changed my opinion of her. Be it those ridiculously over the top facial expressions combined with some awesome swearing or whenever she’s trying to fish compliments from Kodaka — there’s just something about her that’s really piqued my interest. And let’s not forget that she’s one of the few characters in any show that actually changes the way she looks!
Now that we’ve reached the halfway point, here’s a question I want to leave for all you readers out there — What is your favorite part of Haganai so far?
P.S. Moe Moe Kyun! There will be a clean end card cap when I find a good one.