「恋スル☆舌下錠」 (Koi suru ☆ Zekkajou)
“Heart Pain Killer”
Why…why am I blogging this instead of Stilts? Oh yeah, he’s busy getting drunk off of hundreds of varieties of beer. Let’s take over this operation then!
Where the first episode served as a transition back into the rhythm of the game, the second episode brings to us a new character, whose shipping power is starting off strong! Meet the Student Council President, the well-endowed and capable Sarashiki Tatenashi (Saito Chiwa) whose primary goal is to shape Ichika from the pathetic thick-headed and irrational fighter that he is into a respectable IS Pilot. Her credentials are as follows: though already visible as Student Council President, she also possibly falls into the category of osananajimi, along with Ling and Houki, which immediately gives her a comfortable advantage in the running. Her skills are superior in close-combat and coercion, as she has absolutely no trouble entering Ichika’s harem and deflecting her competitors’ assaults. It’ll be an intense battle as soon as we get to see Tatenashi man her IS, but for now we’ll have to settle for her swimsuit allure and accelerated flirting with our metal skull of a lead, much to the detriment of the other girls.
At the end of the day though, all the girls can agree on one thing: Ichika is attractive when he tries hard and doesn’t complain much. The amount of praise that he gets may be disproportional to how much he’s succeeding, but it is an admirable trait that maintains his likability. It may makes us cringe when he’s so loved despite being so inferior to everyone else, which isn’t helped when coupled with his near-impossible thick-headed nature. It is forgivable though if he slowly improves throughout the series, which would give meaning to Tatenashi’s character as well as Ichika’s legitimacy as a beloved harem ruler.
All in all, the show did a great job introducing another character casually into the mix, all with that same flavor and ridiculousness that we’ve come to expect from the series. Fanservice is through the roof when Tatenashi is around, but the show doesn’t forget to show the love from all the other characters too. Some occasional hiccups with the delivery of lines were a little off-putting, as well as some animation errors, but the scenes that mattered most were executed well. I was particularly pleased with Laura’s scene as she continued exploring her feminine side–she’s really changed as a character, and as such her screentime is much more rewarding. On the flipside, Houki and Ling didn’t receive much time on the forefront this episode, though I expect their costumes to be displayed with A+ quality next episode along with everyone else. If we don’t get to see everyone in amazing maid material, heads will roll other than Ichika’s.
ED: 「BEAUTIFUL SKY」