「スキルアップ」 (Sukiru Appu)
With a majority of this week’s episode focusing on raising Honda’s skill in drawing, I really appreciated the fact that the story didn’t slow down and in-fact decided to kick things up a little.
Ever since the first episode where we learned about Tama’s hard-boiled style of drawing, I’ve been eager to see what stylistic decisions she’d make when it came to what she was used to drawing versus what the game itself needed. Seeing how the latter half took care of itself with Aya opening the story just enough to incorporate a hard-boiled ojii-san, I’ve been dying to see what Tama was going to do on her end. Sure, the actual answer to Tama’s problems may have been a bit.. basic, but the journey we took to arrive there was well worth it in my opinion.
When you really think about it, most problems in life come down to this simple fact — we tend to over think things and in turn miss the things right in front of us. And while this is normally applied to romance or our car keys, seeing it used in Tama’s situation felt pretty damn perfect. As a wishy-washy freshman who’s trying to find some direction in her life, I think it’d actually be more unrealistic if she figured out all these things by herself! Luckily, there were a handful of new characters this week to help lead Tama down the correct path.
More New Characters!
While Marika and Natsu may have appeared first, Teru-senpai definitely left the biggest impact on me. And no, it wasn’t her neko cosplay or the excessive -nyas she was adding to her words, but rather the way she inconspicuously tossed Tama some advice while keeping her identity a secret. Because if there’s something that Tama really needed, it would be the guidance of a senpai who knows the doujin circle from the inside-out and has enough self confidence to do it all from the shadows. Then again, I suppose a little shock from a talented kouhai named Haruma could do the trick too.
With the issue of art mostly solved, I can’t wait to see what other troubles the SNS-bu runs into. With the clock ticking and tons of work left to be completed, will the stress get to them? Or will they be able to take it in strides and manage to pump out a game that both they and their senpai would be proud of? In any case, next week’s episode looks like it’ll focus on some sort of deadline (with an episode titled countdown what else would you assume?) and hopefully things don’t come to a crashing halt.
See you next week!