「はじめての八女さん家」 (Hajimete no Yame-san chi)
“My First time at Yame-san’s House”
Man, Junichi had every chance in the world to get closer to Yame if he didn’t take his friends’ word on what they thought would get the two to share an intimate bond. It did win over Yame in the end, but now, Junichi will have to handle enough wheels to sport on a tractor, enough fiddles to put Kaz in his own personal hell, and enough bananas to get the Aho Girl to learn how to do one critical thinking problem. Already, Yame’s created a timeline for her house guests to have part-time jobs to fund a summer vacation together, guaranteeing that Junichi will always have his friends and acquaintances around him to try and either spice up his love life or steal him away for the next batch of episodes. If this episode is a taste of things to come, however, it turns out that Junichi’s torment will be quite hilarious.
Junichi’s guy friends turned out to be the funniest characters during the house party, showing up in inappropriate outfits and using their intellect to scheme up a situation to have Junichi and Yame kiss during a King’s Game match. Shinpei line of thought that made cosplaying as Kirito for a party sound like a good idea was great as was the usually unremarkable Keigo’s decision to dress up like a playboy heading to a red light district. This’ll probably be the only instance where Minoru was funny with his appearance at the party with two suspicious recorders and being the only guy friend who was enthusiastic about kissing one of his friends.
The possibilities behind the scenarios that can be cooked up through King’s Game also gave the girls the opportunity to be put in funny and fanservicey situations. Specifically, Ranko had a fun time making good use of the game as an opportunity to slap Junichi as hard as she can, place pressure on Yui to use her personality from her livestreams when asked to put on a baby voice, and share a Pocky with Yame. Yui’s chance to go overboard with the gravure model pose she was instructed to do became the subject of delight to most of the party guests. And then, there’s the scale of how hard Junichi’s friends’ planning backfired once Junichi grew the conscience to not put that pressure on Yame in favor of having to make out with his friends.
The episode doesn’t take too much advantage of how much fanservice they could’ve done, and places a bulk of it’s lewdness on Junichi’s daydreaming, but it does make it easier for the show to express that as goofy as everyone is, they are more complex than the stereotypes attached to them would imply. The series gets credit for embracing the conventions of ecchi manga/anime, yet also examining how applicable they would be in an actual relationship. Where the comedy and antics are still on-par with your standard fanservice comedy, but gives many of its character personalities or goals that conflict with what they’re really thinking. And with the push this episode makes to incorporate the rest of the cast into Junichi and Yame’s relationship, it encapsulates how the cast is surprisingly endearing as people with their own motivations and inhibitions despite also having the power to be on their baddest behavior.