「二人の出会いと未来の兄妹」 (Futari no Deai to Mirai no Kyoudai)
“How They Met and Future Siblings”
I was feeling awfully conflicted about this week’s episode until that sweet, sweet cameo right at the end of the episode. Oh, and MASAMUNE FINALLY DODGED SAGIRI’S DOOR.
Overall, I thought this was a pretty good episode and a pretty darn good episode for all the Sagiri fans out there. Instead of your typical flashback episode, it was nice to see the story jump back and forth between the past and the present as it tried to paint a clear picture of what brought Masamune and Sagiri to the point that they’re at right now. From glimpses of both their parents to watching the pair fangirl over each other without realizing they were actually fangirling over each other, it felt like we were taking a leisurely cruise down memory lane. One of the biggest things for me though had to be when we found out Sagiri already had a problem leaving her room. If we’re being honest, I never really liked the whole “I’ve experienced trauma so I won’t leave the house” idea. Not only does it undersell the value of a character, it also paints them as someone who gave up and I personally can’t stand quitters in anime. But if that same character was already like that in the past and the trauma just pushed things to the breaking point, it turns into a unique trait that you can hope they’ll eventually break free from. Which for me personally was a welcome surprise since I’ve been trying to find a good reason to like Sagiri.
That said, on a personal level, I was really disappointed with this week’s episode. As someone who is still fighting for this show to have a rebound, I’m not sure it has enough time left to do so. With a prime opportunity to really tug at our heartstrings and really set things up for the “official” pairing, we were instead given a lukewarm explanation behind Masamune’s first light novel whose first fan just happened to be Sagiri. And not only did the flashbacks lack a big emotional hit, the pacing of it all felt so slow that I was concerned the timeclock on my media player was running at half speed. All-in-all, I was hoping for a lot more than we got and I think it’s a shame since there was so much potential.
So, with only a few episodes left before the end to our Eromanga sensei shenanigans, I’m really hoping something special happens soon. Luckily, with all the main girls out of the way, maybe the story will finally be able to return to its normal format and have everyone interacting together. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week. See you then!
P.S. THAT CAMEO AT THE END WAS PURE GOLD. God, when I saw Kirino’s hair, I think I almost fell off of my chair. But then to also see Kuroneko, Saori, AND KYOSUKE? God, I nearly died when Kyosuke and Masamune made eye contact since it was like the same character staring at each other. Man, if there’s one thing Eromanga sensei is good at doing, it’s using its other IP to get us all riled up.