「告白したら成功確定だと思った？」 (Kokuhaku Shitara Seikou Kakutei Da to Omotta?)
“I Thought If I Declared My Love, I Was Sure to Succeed”
Love, tests, and marriage.
More Time With Sette-san
This episode, in addition to giving us the transformation of Nanako’s character from plain newbie to the pink-haired character we always knew she would be, also gave a better feeling for how Nanako is as a person. She certainly does seem easy-going and not concerned by much, which aids her well in the real world even if it can be disastrous in the game. She’s only for a knack for one of them, it seems. Combined with her not seeming to mind that she’s not in the know about Nekohime-sensei, and little moments from sensei herself—calling Nishimura Rusian in the middle of class, most notably—I’m glad that the secondary characters aren’t being forgotten after their arcs are done.
The Anti-Climax of Love
From the tests through everything else, this whole episode was building up to Nishimura’s much-belated confession of RL love. With so much buildup, a comedy like this wouldn’t let it go off without a hitch, and normally knowing that a wrench was going to be thrown in the gears would have ruined the joke, or at least lessened its effectiveness. I did have an “Of course” moment when Ako seemingly rejected his confession, so maybe that was the case. However, the after-ED scene was so goofy that, somehow, the revelation that Ako just didn’t want to be downgraded from wife to girlfriend was both still funny and generally heartwarming. I think that was it—I laughed because of Hideki’s pain, to be sure, but it was also just so heartwarming that this baka couple would go through all this, and that their friends would know what was going on even as baka-Hideki was freaking out, that it got both a laugh and a hearty smile from me. That Hideki was acting like a typically oblivious and frightened high-school-boy-in-love might have had something to do with it too. I remember those days.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – At long last, Hideki confesses to Ako—and gets rejected. Well duh. Who wants to get downgraded? #netoge 06
- Swimsuit episode next time, woohoo! #unlimitedbikiniworks
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