「妹とラノベ企画を創ろう」 (Imouto to Ranobekikaku wo Tsukurou)
“Let’s Plan a Light Novel with Your Little Sister”
At least they aren’t related by blood.
While some viewers may have thought this episode was a tad on the boring side, I’ll be the first to tell you that I thought it was actually really good. Especially when you consider what this week’s episode tried to tackle in terms of the overarching narrative.
So, just to throw it out there, I don’t really a preference on what happens between Sagiri and Masamune. With the former unable to really express her feelings and the latter having some solid feelings about how he should be as an “older brother”, it feels like the stage is set for the two to just become really close family members. However, the story never fails to remind us that the possibility of something else happening could occur and that’s specifically where I found myself having some trouble this week until I just accepted it.
At this point, the whole idea of wincest is almost like a running joke and I’m starting to grow weary of the times where Sagiri starts to interpret things the wrong way, especially when it’s clear to the audience that Masamune isn’t some sort of sex-crazed monster. That said, this week’s episode did a great job at bridging that awkward gap by embracing the whole idea with our two favorite siblings collaborating together without anyone getting hit with a controller. It’s tough to pinpoint the exact moment where it occurred, but what I appreciated the most was probably seeing Sagiri start to open up a bit and not retort with her trademark whining. (I really want to like Sagiri. But unlike another younger sister who had an unfixable garbage personality, it pains me to see Sagiri act the way she does when I think it’s clear that she literally has no reason to behave like that).
Luckily, this week’s episode “serious” side was balanced out with a nice refreshing dose of Yamada Elf. Coming over to Masamune’s place this week since she was on the run from her editors, it was nice to her outside of her home. Toss in the fact she was also able to interact with Sagiri and even got to play games with her and the whole thing felt like a checkpoint in terms of reminding us just how much our characters have grown since we first met them.
Overall, not too bad of an episode. It may not have been for everyone, but I think it worked well for the people who it resonated with. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week where Megumin hopefully isn’t dead after speaking such blasphemy at a bookstore that highlights light novels of all places!