「吉乃のマジックショー」 (Yoshino no majikkushou)
“Yoshino’s Magic Show”
Three episodes in and MnR is certainly getting interesting. The basic romcom setup continues apace with Masamune moving surprisingly quickly on Aki, although the first signs of MnR’s darkness are emerging. MnR’s revenge premise is plenty dark by itself, but considering the comedic nature of the show—especially based on episode one—I assumed the premise would remain a means to push Masamune and Aki into some funny situations. We still see that here, with Masamune scholastically battling it out with Aki to see who’s the smartest one of the bunch, or both winding up on a date which descends into something more awkward than originally intended. What’s changed is the nature of the relationship. As highlighted last episode, Aki definitely likes Masamune—evidenced by her reinforcing the good-natured jest of that email rejection and Masamune’s reaction here—but not as a potential lover. That changed by the end of the date. Aki’s spontaneous lap pillow shows a clear change in her perception, indicating a new infatuation with her old childhood friend. It’s only a fledgling attraction currently, but Masamune has successfully broken through Aki’s “bitch” barrier.
Masamune too is not immune from the effects of love, clearly smitten with Aki’s cute side, but doing everything in his power to avoid falling into the pitfall of puppy love. The risk of Masamune actually liking Aki gives MnR an interesting twist, as that whole revenge plot suddenly becomes thematically relevant. Masamune’s revelation here quickly brings up the forgotten question of consequences regarding Aki’s rejection. Yeah the girl certainly needs (and deserves) a wakeup call, but is publically humiliating her the right path? Yoshino through her trust can already manipulate Aki into doing just about anything, while Masamune is already having an impact on Aki’s actions. The effects may be small at the moment, but over time they do add up. I really hope Masamune does end up attracted to Aki—if only briefly—just to explore this dilemma because it offers a piece of drama not requiring some mundane misinterpretation to generate.
Of course all of this ignores the little monster in hiding that is Yoshino. While Yoshino has her head on right regarding her reason for siding with Masmune, there’s no denying she is probably the most dangerous one currently. Yoshino follows her own schedule and does what she thinks is best, Masamune’s capabilities/opinions be damned. This one more than Aki will likely be the crack tripping up Masamune at some point, likely over something Yoshino gets Aki to do that Masamune is unable to properly take advantage of. Not like I’ll complain though, watching Aki flail around with Masamune is pretty damn funny, especially when she doubles down on incorrect knowledge; having both Aki and Masamune screw up with each other—all due to Yoshino—would be the cherry on top of this revenge scheme disaster in the making. Consider this one picked up for coverage, I’ll be damned if I’m starting to get into it.
Aki’s first date PreCure cosplay is doubly hilarious when noting such a thing actually exists. In pickup circles the concept is called peacocking, originally invented by self-described “pickup artist” Mystery who wore outrageous and overly flamboyant outfits to attract attention and/or break the ice. Of course it’s designed more for guys and club settings, but Yoshino’s assistance is ironically factual.
I’m not sure a maternal outie is called “son of a bitch”, but I’ll eagerly take the JoJo reference regardless 😛