I’m rather impressed with how many different characters this show has.
Continuing on strong after last week’s great introductory episode, this week’s episode keeps pushing forward with a strong sense of identity by skipping all the fluff and getting straight to the point. While things overall may have felt a little slower (especially toward the middle), the fact that the entire episode from start to finish is only 13 and a half minutes kept things moving just quick enough for the pacing to not really matter. That said, I don’t think there was anything in the episode that was particularly “bad” but probably best described as not resonating well with me.
If I had to pick my favorite moment out of this week’s episode though, it’d probably end up as a tossup between Hotaru’s introduction and awkward attempt at a confession between Sugawara and Takano. The former provided everything that I wanted from this show — ridiculous situations with characters taking things straight to a 10 and sometimes even hitting an 11 by accident while the latter was a return to planet earth as I realized that not everyone in this show is blessed with the luck to get what they want.
Overall, not too bad of a second episode especially when you consider it more of one designed to introduce characters and set things up for the future. Judging from all the people we see in the opening, it looks like we still have about and episode or two left before we get an opportunity to see everyone. Luckily, it looks like we’ll be in for a fantastic ride as we transition from introductions to the actual “meat” of the story.
In any case, I’ll probably be back next week to cover episode three since this show is just too darn cute and amazing. See you then!