「突撃！お宅訪問戦」 (Totsugeki! Otaku houmon-sen)
“Attack! Battle of the Home Visits”
Of the many ways to cockblock a kiss, I dare say this episode offered one of the better ones. We all knew Aki and Masamune would fail in locking lips, and as expected the inevitable happened. At least ridiculous pull your hair out aggravation was avoided by having Aki hilariously do the rejecting, amidst a Masamune-fuelled fantasy of the cruel princess going ham.
Part of MnR’s charm for me is how straightforward these “staple” scenes are, the resulting drama is hardly ever forced and the character reactions logically follow their set personalities. Aki here for example probably anticipated Masamune awkwardly turning away, so when he abruptly seized the moment—literally—she was left dumbfounded, unable to respond with something besides an Aki-patented shutdown. Likewise Masamune is adrift in love’s sea, he’s penetrated so far into Aki’s head that he has no idea how to even proceed. The manga knowledge and his foolproof plan of attack has run its course, and now he’s left improvising for developments he never anticipated occurring. In a sense it’s a reversion to the harem mean where the male self-insert has no idea what’s going on, but for me Masamune still breaks the mold with his actions. Instead of stubborn, pigheaded ignorance, Masamune’s main problem is he tries too hard, he grasps for any string of knowledge which could help him (ex. Neko’s devious response to his questioning), but fails understanding the conditions and circumstances surrounding such things. Masamune got where he has through spontaneity and organic flirtation, not excessive planning and overthought. Hell his musing on needing unreasonable audaciousness is what ultimately killed that kiss with Aki. Yoshino is starting to see this problem too, and it’s only when Masamune finally recognizes his faulty logic when he’ll finally seal the deal with the cruel princess.
The looming problem for Masamune, however, resides in Neko where she grows increasingly more foreboding by the day episode. It should be obvious that Neko knows Masamune from his past—whether that be loli mom’s nostalgic memories or Neko’s stalking of Masamune’s home address—but just what that is remains anyone’s guess. Personally I doubt Neko was just like Masamune as some believe (i.e. a total fatty), but it’s clear she has some form of traumatic past with Masamune which likely revolves around bodily health. Hard to explain that obsessive pill popping any other way. Although it’s also not surprising Yoshino knows the threat Neko poses to the whole Akin revenge scheme, it will probably be interesting seeing just how big a wrench Neko ends up throwing into the plan. After all, this girl has the skill of a crazed stalker in finding damaging evidence, and her infatuation with Masamune won’t likely be dissuaded by another blunt rejection. Nope, there’s an ulterior motive at play here, and Neko isn’t going to let her cards slip before the time is right. Considering how often Masamune seems to be placing foot into mouth around Aki now though, we shouldn’t have long to wait for such a moment.
Is it wrong I initially thought of Shimoseka’s Anna here? Because it sure seems wrong 😛
Does it mean Aki is a large ham?
indeed, she is such a ham lol
Not sure if large, she’s lacking in dimensions in certain locations.
Probably still tasty though 😛
Ah damnit, when I saw Aki do that uppercut on Masamune, I couldn’t help but scream…
(OK, haven’t watched One-Punch Man, but the opening song is one heck of an ear worm that appears in a ton of anime cracks involving punching scenes. That said, additional quality crack material right there…)
“Is it wrong I initially thought of Shimoseka’s Anna here? Because it sure seems wrong :P”
Oh my goodness, that “Love Nectar” scene… XD But seriously, one Anna Nishikinomiya is enough, thank you. (R.I.P., Miyu Matsuki. TT_TT)
I can’t help but notice Neko’s pretty nice beauty marks in this pic… (Also, holy s**t… She has a mole on her upper left arm just like I do IRL!)
And comedic sociopathy at its finest (WTF, Aki?!):
*sigh* Still no closer as to how Neko knows Masamune, though…
I like this scene so much because of Aki’s reaction.
That face killed me. I knew something like that was going to happen, but I expected Aki to just verbally shut him down. She all but screams “is this the best you got? Seriously?” there, I love it.
I also love how kaa-san even tried to invite the bodyguard, lol.
IMO, I think Masamune & Hoshino quite a good couple and possibly for a long-lasting & enjoyable relationship too. They ccould both emphatize with each other due to their pasts and heck(assuming she shares a similar story and used to be fat but took the nutrients route), I could see them both in the gym & nutrition industry in the future!
Like what is there with Adagaki anyway but a wish for revenge that is slowly turning into affection? Yea, that’s cool & all, but there isn’t something that could bring them together as it is with Neko.
I’d picture being in a relationship with Aki would be like one of those cringey “dating a feminist” vids you see on youtube.
I will place my bet that Neko wants revenge on… Masamune because he did what Aki did to him (love rejection).
Actually I wouldn’t be surprised if that’s the case. Would certainly explain why Neko knows Masamune and is determined to catch him. Plus much better than the overused arranged marriage plot.
Masamune’s mom seems to recognize Neko. Since he doesn’t, that means Neko’s appearance has changed dramatically. So I’m guessing she was a fatty like him.
It’s pretty clear that Neko is another revengester and a past fatty as well. It’s just dead obvious.
It’s also fairly apparent that Aki is not really a bad person.