「妹と世界で一番面白い小説」 (Imouto to Sekai de Ichiban Omoshiroi Shousetsu)
“Younger Sister and The Most Interesting Novel in the World”
I wasn’t sure if I was going to enjoy this week’s episode, but I think it may have been my favorite one yet.
After a rather lukewarm introduction, I wasn’t sure how Muramasa Senju was going to be as a character moving forward. She came in like a (literal) wrecking ball and wasn’t doing much to win any favor. However, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t find something appealing about such a straightforward character who also dresses in wafuku. Luckily, we didn’t have to wait too long for Muramasa to turn around and show us her “true” character.
And by “true” character, I mean the adorable personality she has hiding under all those kimono layers. First off, let me give her some huge props for containing her fanboyism when she was face-to-face with the man who wrote her favorite piece of literature ever. If I were in her shoes, I probably wouldn’t have been able to stand still let alone speak clearly (or I guess in her case sternly). Second, who would have thought that it would thought that it was Masamune who inspired Muramasa to become the writer she is today? If I remember correctly, last week we heard that there were accusations against Masamune for being a Muramasa biter but in reality it looks like it was the exact opposite. A small fact that probably doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things, but when you look at it from the perspective of why Masamune writes and what his overall goal was, it helps solidify that what he’s doing really has some merit. Third and finally, I just love it when a character skips over all the crap and dives straight into what they want. Be it asking someone out or just trying to become someone’s friend, I hate it when things get drawn out to the point where you’re ready to smash your head against the table whenever the story toys with you in the hopes of creating “humor”. Which is probably why I felt a little miffed that someone as perfect as Muramasa got turned down by Masamune. At the end of the day though, I think it’s pretty awesome that Eromanga Sensei has been able to pump out so many enjoyable characters. With the likes of Muramasa, Yamada, Megumin, and Tomoe to keep us occupied while Masamune and Sagiri try to do their thing, I don’t think you could ask for much more.
All that said, I have to give a shout out to my girl Yamada for keeping that personal grudge of hers nice and obvious for all of us to see. Not only was she cautious about Muramasa the entire time (which in all honesty isn’t a bad idea for someone who came out swinging, threatening to destroy your dreams) but watching her keep that stink eye on her even during the most “intimate” moments had me giggling a little. Don’t think I didn’t catch that Yamada!
Overall I think we got another great episode. Sure, you could question the overall pacing of things especially since the situation with Muramasa may have felt a little abrupt, but if we’re looking at this from the perspective of a single-cour it makes sense since there’s not too much time left for us to be aimlessly walk around. In any case, I’ll catch you guys here next week where it looks like Sagiri might be getting some more airtime. See you then!