「もうひとつの桜色／放課後はハリーちゃんと♡」 (Mou Hitotsu no Sakurairo / Houkago wa Harii-chanto)
“Another Sakura Color / After School With Hari-chan”
This episode was both epic-level kawaii and totally hot. Kissing, kissing, and more kissing!
She’s Jealous, Isn’t She? Isn’t She? Isn’t She!?
Last week’s preview made me suspect that we’d get some movement from another couple, and boy was I right! I picked up pretty early on that the reason why Shizuku (Igarashi Hiromi) was mad wasn’t because of the kiss, but because Kotone (Aisaka Yuuka) didn’t mention her in her reasons for liking her house. And backing up for a second, they’re living together!? Suddenly this is like Chu2koi, except with more development from all of the couples, ZING!
In all seriousness, yuri kisses. Just…yes. And the fact that their kissing got Yuu in the mood just upped the ante another amazing level. The essence of good comedy is in defying expectations, but it works well for relationship-focused stories as well.
Haruka no Ecchi
One of the best things about this show is watching Haruka’s reactions to yuri activity. While many yuri characters seem like they’re playing around, Haruka strikes me as openly and unabashedly gay, and it’s hilarious to watch her react to anything that gets her fancy going. Her being jealous about Yuu-chan is great, but it’s when others are shocked and she’s excited that I crack up! I like it, it’s refreshing – rather than beating around the bush and “insinuating”, she’s pretty clearly a lesbian. It’s nice for a yuri show to be clear about this for once.
Best. Study. Session. Ever.
No, not the one with Hari-chan, though Yuu falling asleep on Haruka was pretty adorable. And no, not the volleyball one, because seriously, where are the spats? (I know not to ask for bloomers anymore, sadly.) The one I’m talking about is the glorious, wonderful, and ecchi one that took place after all of those.
I haven’t figured out Yuu yet, to be honest. While Haruka is unabashedly gay for Yuu-chan, Yuu shows signs of being not that interested, like maybe she doesn’t mind but it’s not really her thing, and then she asks for more and kisses Haruka on the cheek. Is she a tsundere? Is Yuu-chan a soft tsundere? Because that would be marvelous. Hell, it already is.
Looking Ahead – Can They Keep This Up?
My big question about this series is this – how will it hold up when the blistering pace of new kisses recedes? New as in new couples, not as in new situations from the ones we’ve already seen, because I’m pretty sure those are going to keep going. So far so good though! So far very good.
Related: Show picked up. Screw it – a yuri season is a good season!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – More kisses! Another couple gets their moment while Yuu is all tsundere about kissing Haruka #桜Trick 02
- Haruka, stop shipping all your friends together. That’s our job!
- Onee-sama!? *nosebleed* As the guy who tells everyone to call him Onii-chan (or nii-sama, or aniki, or nii nii…hint hint), I totally understand!
- That’s a hedgehog? You’ve really let yourself go, Sonic. Sorry–Sonic-chan.
- Strip teaching? It’s like that scene in Billy Madison, except for less failure. And less Chris Farley, thankfully/unfortunately.
- Now you know how us guys feel when we suggest something perverted, Haruka. Welcome to the club!
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