「あの子の秘密がバレないと思った？」 (Anoko no Himitsu ga Barenai to Omotta?)
“I Thought Her Secret Wasn’t Going To Get Out?”
Just give up the subterfuge, Akane. This is why honesty is the best policy. Though on second thought, your freaking out is hilarious, so keep it up.
The Masquerade Falls, Partially
My alignment is simpatico with Rusian’s—I’m an open nerd. (I don’t use the word otaku for myself since I’m not Japanese, and because my nerdery extends far beyond the English version of the word otaku, i.e. an anime nerd, but it’s a comparative outlook.) All my friends and family know that I write fantasy novels, blog about anime, keep a meticulous list of all the beers I’ve tried (3,977 as of this writing!), and so much more. Why hide it? It’s as I told Enzo: People can think I’m weird all they want. I don’t care. And in the end, they mostly don’t care either. People are cool like that.
That doesn’t mean I don’t find Akane’s denials friggin’ hilarious, though! Her utter freak out, transparent lies, temporary meltdown were a hoot, and serious kudos go to Minase Inori for selling the role. She’s breaking out from her Chino-chan/Nekone cool imouto shell in a big way, though when I look through her past roles, she’s never really been typecast; that’s just the niche she became popular for. I wasn’t sure if she could pull off caustic tsundere otaku going into this show, but she’s bringing the funnies with aplomb. More please!
Too Much, Even For This Lot
I appreciate how Netoge isn’t portraying its characters’ often extreme attitudes towards MMORPGs as a good thing. The uber-hardcore guild at the beginning is an obvious example, but Ako’s (and some of the others’) loose and slipping grips on reality apply as well. It doesn’t glorify this particular brand of insanity, which is good because we can enjoy it without it sparking an uncomfortable feeling/moral outrage! Though on a structural level, this episode felt disjointed, bouncing between exploring the depths of addiction/eccentricities (Nekohime’s ex-guildmates being another example), to Akane’s freak out, to that strange mid-episode daito—which felt more like an episode twelve victory lap than something that takes place in the first third—to the real reason for the episode.
Rusian Does It Again
I’m zero percent surprised that Ako stalked her way into Rusian’s heart. Nor am I surprised that a new newbie popped out, and let’s say it—it’s Nanako (Ohwada Hitomi). I don’t know that for sure, and maybe this is a glorious red herring—I would love it if it was—-but all signs are pointing to Nanako wanting to figure out what Akane likes about the game, and Rusian being the only name she remembers (Master did say Schwein once, but Nanako might not have caught that). Either way, with Ako slipping more and more into yandere mode as Hideki apparently collects a newbie waifu again (dude’s too nice for his own good), it should be fun to watch a ton of people freak out, and Hideki suffer. Keep your armor repaired, dude. You’re gonna need it.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Akane’s secret it out, & her meltdown is hilarious! Stalker/yandere Ako too. Nekohime’s elite guard too. Everything’s hilarious! #netoge 04
- This. This butt is important.
- To be fair Ako, you didn’t do so bad in your oppai and oshiri stat rolls, ufufu~
- So that’s what Don Cheadle has been up to lately.
- Ako soooo wants to cyber with Rusian. Don’t give in! Go for the real oppai instead! Er, wait.
- This. This butt and these breasts are important. That’s the hard-hitting reporting you’ve come to depend on from RandomC.
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