「ミステリアス・キャット」 (Misuteriasu kyatto)
Let the harem games commence. I was anticipating Masamune not getting Aki that easy, and this episode sure proved that by throwing new girl Neko in our faces. Among the many potential romantic rival types this one isn’t all that bad, between the cute face, bubbly personality, and a desire to let things literally hang in the breeze. What really intrigues me, however, is how bloody devious Neko looks underneath that clumsy attitude. She nonchalantly conceived of a mutual history with Masamune on the fly, and damn near tricked our awestruck Casanova with that hilarious ketchup packet. Neko too is obviously hiding something important, given the talk of plans and how she seemingly already knows about Aki. I really hope it’s not some arranged marriage with Masamune backstory, but that certainly lies close to the top of potential answers, especially with how quickly she recovered on that rejection.
What really entertained me though was Masamune’s continued floundering. For all of his looks and manga learning, Masamune is hilariously naïve at times, falling back on overthought plans and defensive posturing when Aki attempts biting his head off. Given how well he knows about Aki’s personality, you would imagine Masamune could understand when she’s acting and when she’s serious, but apparently not. Here he nearly blew it trying to apologize to Aki with food, and was only saved from the wrath of Darth Vader by
Green Beret Master Yoshino herself. Masamune really needs to stick with spontaneity because that’s where he succeeds best. The sprinkler stunt and smirking while Aki tripped into the pool were perfect, hilarious bits of female catnip keeping to the mysterious, amused personality which drew Aki towards Masamune in the first place. Combine it with Masamune’s impulsive dive into the pool to “save” Aki and you have some potent chick crack feeding into our cruel princess.
Masamune’s spontaneity also has the dual purpose of showing just how unsurprisingly smitten he’s becoming with Aki. Jumping into pools or calling out Aki is hint enough, but that little comment about Masamune’s annoyance with Aki’s personality—and those great remarks about body features—seals the deal. You’re never going to be aggravated by specific parts of a person’s personality unless you like them in some capacity. Masamune for all his talk about revenge is quickly growing infatuated with Aki.
Doubly amusing is how hard it will be for Masamune to resist the temptation given Aki just gave into it herself. The demand for a kiss was one thing I never expected from Aki, especially given how hard she’s tried keeping her feelings under wraps. It’s not a bad bit of drama though given Aki’s introspective development of late, and certainly provides Masamune the opening he has been waiting for. The only question left is what will screw this fantastic opportunity up. Don’t deny, you know something will go wrong just like last time. Seriously doubt MnR is going to break the traditional romcom setup that easily, it would take away all the fun.
Agreed with Masamune here, all Aki has going for her are those—albeit amazing—legs.
Oh yes Kojuurou, you will fit in perfectly; the bow only helps with the disguise.
If you want additional evidence Neko is devious, look no further than the commando scene. She knew exactly what she was doing there.