「お兄ちゃんだけど愛さえあれば妹が増えても関係ないよねっ」 (Onichandakedo Aisaeareba Imouto ga Fuetemo Kankeinaiyone)
“As Long as there’s Love, It Doesn’t Matter If I Get More Sisters, Right?”
Even though I try really hard to not let it bother me, I’ll admit that it’s been fairly disheartening to hear that the writers behind the anime adaption are apparently blowing through material without a care in the world. And after this week’s episode, it became apparent just how enjoyable it is when a really good topic gets fleshed out instead of abruptly ending and jumping to the next gag.
The biggest “wow” this week was definitely Sena’s out-of-character behavior. Instead of being the air-headed princess who we’ve all come to love or hate; it was almost mind blowing to see that deep down inside her meaty head is a somewhat level headed girl. Throw in the short collage of Kodaka and Sena shopping together and you might accidentally think the two are dating! Plus, how upside-down can the world get when you hear Sena call Kodaka the weird one? Because from my point of view, the girl who plays super dirty galges, has a bad habit of taking things too literally, and pins hundreds of photos of her number one enemy on her ceiling definitely sounds like the weird one to me!
But let’s not forget Rika and Yukimura! While the former has been getting a lot more attention recently, it’s always nice to see Yukimura get some of the spotlight. And now that her real gender has finally been revealed, I don’t feel too guilty for thinking that she looked quite cute in the boyish outfit of hers! And if anything, it would seem that Yozora ended up drawing the short end of the stick this week. From getting thrown into an environment that she doesn’t fair well in to receiving the stark revelation that her perception on certain things are completely off the mark and it’s easy to say that things just weren’t going her way.
Like I stated earlier, I couldn’t believe what a difference it makes when this show decides to focus on a single topic instead of jumping all over the place. Sure, that may not hold true if the source material isn’t strong enough to get 24 minutes of material out of it. But if this week’s episode was an example of what’s to come I would love it if the remaining episodes decided to follow this more linear style. Honestly, I wasn’t expecting much from an episode that was going to focus on “younger sisters”. But when you have things as deep as Sena breaking free from her usual self and the budding friendship between Maria and Kobato — it’s hard to deny that there’s just some things that Haganai does well. That said, I could end up eating my own words since next week’s episode seems like it’s going to be really big. Between Kodaka figuring out just how screwed he is and flashbacks galore, I’m really hoping that the writers somehow manage to preserve the pacing they’ve created this week.
P.S. I thought Maria and Kate were supposed to stay the night. Unless I missed something or the taxi came super early in the morning, something about the timing of the scene just felt a little off.
P.P.S. It looks like asking questions seems to garner a lot of responses! This week’s question — What’s your ideal pairing in the series? Personally I’m torn between Kodaka ending up with Yozora or Rika. While it’s probably never going to happen, I can dream!