「シンデレラは笑わない」 (Shinderera wa warawanai)
“Cinderella Doesn’t Smile”
After a largely lax introduction, MnR finally gets down and dirty this week as character personalities are revealed, girls are rejected, and Masamune’s Dead or Love plan encounters its first stumbling blocks. Masamune certainly was the star of this week, between the obvious wrangling over who knows his past to the hilarious concern over exchanging email addresses. I particularly got a kick out of the obliviousness Masamune had to the attention he unknowingly garnered, with girls snatching looks his way amid his nervous side glances—top of the high school popularity pyramid indeed. Of course the unfortunate victim of all this charm was class rep Futaba, who took one for the team with one hell of a quick—albeit gentle—rejection. Whatever one’s inclinations towards Futaba’s shutdown, Masamune deserves some credit for sticking hard to his original plan.
The shocker, however, resides with poor little Yoshino, who turns out to not be as helpless as first thought. I knew this part was coming, although it was still pretty damn funny watching the switch flip between clumsy servant Yoshino and “going to cut your heart out” maid Yoshino. This girl may not be anywhere near yandere territory (yet), but guaranteed there’s going to be some hilarious fireworks once Yoshino gets to work assisting Masamune. After all, Yoshino may have a hidden side, but she is still a caring klutz at heart.
Getting Aki smitten with Masamune will likely take Yoshino’s aid too given Aki is increasingly looking like a long term project. Although it was never expected for Aki to fall for Masamune two episodes in, I’m still surprised by the progress he’s made so far. The girl definitely has Masamune on the mind at times, although her tiny seed of unconscious infatuation has yet to mature into a fully-fledged crush. Masamune is still largely in the “attraction” phase, he hasn’t quite got her full attention yet and signalled himself out—in Aki’s eyes—as a prime love interest. All Masamune is missing is additional intimacy, scenes like the milk box on the cheek which break personal barriers and flirtatiously establish him as something “more” than just friendly acquaintances. You know he’s getting there though when Aki went to the trouble of leading him through that ridiculous (but no less funny) treasure hunt which ended with a simple “I decline”—no public humiliation whatsoever. If someone goes to all that trouble just to reject you–more so over an email address–treat it like it is: a flirtatious call to see if that’s the best you can do. Aki might be (is) a total bitch, but even she is not immune to the intoxicating effects of love.
Next Time: Let’s get Personal
With two episodes down and Yoshino now firmly partnered up with Masamune, it’s time to accelerate the whole seduce Aki plan. After all Yoshino just forked over her own contact information, and Masamune is certainly not a man who lets such opportunities go to waste. I dare say it’s time for a little Aki double teaming.