「はじめてのパギャル」 (Hajimete no Pagyaru)
“My First Half-Assed Gal”
Alright, now here’s a part that I can discuss more clearly; the all new, reinvented Nene. For the most part, they get her motivations down to a T, and keep in some key scenes during the arc, including the most important one. However, the rest of the scenes that they didn’t take from the manga seem to exist as filler. They could’ve had something to help flesh out what Nene and Junichi’s past relationship was like, and bring up the fact that the only reason Nene has a little sister complex around Junichi was because she remembered that he was into dating sims with the imouto archetype. The sequence of chapters made Nene a little harder to toss to the sidelines because she not only had a long history with him, but she has been obsessed with him since then. And yet, they stripped that all away, and changed up the line to her wedding vow.
Originally, she had him promise as little kids to get married someday, and Junichi is confused as to how she stuck with that all this time, but the anime was more fixated on gearing it so that she’s already devaluing herself by getting with him only on the condition that he’s uncool by the time they can get serious. It is effective in providing some commentary on Junichi’s insecurities as to whether he’s too dopey to get with someone as hot as Yame. However, it removes too much of the pressure that Junichi had to cave in to Nene’s lust even with the almost-sex scene intact. The manga made it entirely dangerous because not only could Nene fulfill Junichi’s push to lose his virginity early, but there’s a sense of guilt about if he should let Yame go in favor of falling into temptation with his childhood friend.
Instead, they added in some moments to match where the anime is at. It was good to see Yui again, and it gave us more of her personality to show her at odds with Nene during her time to shine. The main problem with most of it is that much of what they added exists as a way to pad out the time. The kaiju battle at the end was in the original, and acted as a good way to walk Junichi through refusing Nene’s advances, but I have no idea why they made the wrestling segment where Ranko gives him the Crippler Crossface, or why the girls pressing their boobs against one another needed a lengthy montage of the characters juxtaposed with historical events, as funny as it was. And then, they continued beating the dead horse with the pedo friend, who really stopped being funny episodes ago, but is extremely unfunny now. To know so much of Nene’s backstory was gutted in favor of these extra fluffy tidbits didn’t make it worth the replacement.
I did appreciate that the Nene episode brought more fanservice to the table. After the last episode’s relatively tame scenes, it was nice to gather some risque screencaps. As much as I complained about the classical art moment being filler, I’m glad the boobs were animated well. Same thing with the wrestling scene, where it was pretty pointless, but I did like seeing Ranko and Yame in wrestling gear. They also pushed the boundaries with Nene as they showed just about everything she could show him before the Bluray release comes out. I just wish the night scenes weren’t so gritty. I’m looking forward to what potential there will be when Yame finally invites Junichi over to her house even if it’s a little out of order.