「戦略の結末は修羅場」 (Senryaku no Ketsumatsu wa Shuraba)
“The Result Following a Scheme is a Battlefield”
Hi all! Stilts here. In my ongoing quest to cover all of the shows (and because Zani has been super busy and requested some help), I’m taking care of this week’s OreShura. And as luck would have it, this may be the perfect episode to have me around for. This week it’s all swimsuits and liars, and who better to talk about that than the perverted marketer? Let’s get to it!
Swimsuits & Breasts – I Love the Beach!
Fanservice is a tricky thing. Muscle it in where it doesn’t belong and it’s not only jarring, but it can destroy what would have otherwise been a great story. Good fanservice requires either a delicate touch, or to be completely and utterly shameless. So, how did they do here?
Awesome! Not only did the fanservice not intrude on the story, but it was plentiful, funny at times, and let’s not forget, super friggin’ hot. Am I the only one who keeps forgetting how stacked Himecchi is? Not that I am complaining. Of course, this feat was made easier by the fact that this was a beach episode, and swimsuits are one of the best excuses to toss in fanservice without it interfering with the story. Still, credit where credit is due. This was fanservice at its finest, and I enjoyed it heartily! Also, boobs. Lots of boobs. Good times!
Lost In The Lies
I’ve long had my suspicions about Masuzu, but this episode confirmed them. To me, there are three kinds of liars. First are those who lie pretty frequently but don’t admit it, maintaining that lying is intrinsically bad. They also believe that “white lies” are a thing. These people are delusional, but mostly harmless. Most people fall into this group. Second are those who lie to others deliberately. They can be dangerous or wonderful, depending on the content of their lies – after all, aren’t stories nothing but beautiful, interesting lies? – but I have no real problem with them. Marketer, remember? The third type, though, are the worst of all, and also the saddest – they are the ones who lie to themselves, and there is nothing more tragic than that. Lie to others if you’re willing to take the risk, just never lie to yourself. There’s simply no benefit in it, an it leads to nothing but trouble. Damn, I preach as much as Eita does, don’t I? I’ll take my harem now please.
Case in point, Masuzu. I couldn’t help but feel bad for her when Mana revealed that she was nothing more than a trophy daughter – just well-mannered eye candy who was there to make her father look good. For her father she lied and pretended for so long that she lost herself, forgot who she was beneath all the artifice. I’m reminded of Kokora Connect, only without quite so much forced drama, and to me this is a good thing. It’s less so for Masuzu – it’s hard to love someone who hates themselves, and that’s definitely where she is right now.
The End Game
The real question is, where does the story go from here? It’s possible that Masuzu really will release Eita, but I don’t see it. Or rather, that could happen, but I don’t think the battles will stop even then. I see two options: 1) Masuzu comes clean with her honest feelings and releases Eita, only to pursue him on even ground with the others, or 2) Masuzu comes clean with her honest feelings and does not release Eita, only now their relationship will become less of a lie.
Consider my money on option #2. The funny thing is, I would love to see that happen even though I think Eita should end up with Chiwa! Concerning Chiwa, even though I like some of the other girls better than her, I think she and Eita fit together the best. I mean, he’s becoming a doctor for her! If that’s not love, I don’t know what is. Even so, I like Masuzu, so even if she were to lose Eita I want her to find herself. I want her to come clean and realize that she has love on the brain too – and if not that, at least realize that she likes Eita, and Chiwa and Hime and Ai as well. She may not want a lover yet, but she has friends, and I’d like to see her embrace that – and them – openly and honestly. If that happens…well, fuwa fuwa feelings will abound for Stilts-niinii, lemme tell ya.
From the sound of the preview (“Our next super-popular item is our honest feelings”), some amount of guts-spilling will be happening next week. Whether Masuzu will get part of the way to the truth or make the whole leap, I do not know, but I’m looking forward to finding out. Oh, and more Saeko-san too, please. She’s the best!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – An episode full of swimsuits and liars. I…I love this episode so much, I just may cry #oreshura
- I loved the camera positioning this episode. Why hello there!
- “Ahn~!” I will never make Yukarin let out a sexy moan. FOREVER ALONE!!
- Normally I’d harp about how Mana just showing up was convenient, but I’m going to let it slide. There are few storytelling sins I hate more than that, but I’ll always forgive a few transgressions when a story doesn’t depend on contrivances too often. OreShura hasn’t done that, and this one pushed the story forward to what I hope will be a satisfying conclusion, so I’ll allow it.
- To answer the inevitable question, yes – I totally loved it when the ED began playing before the episode was finished. The more studios that treat OPs and EDs as opportunities to help tell a better story, the happier Stilts will be.