「星ノ守千秋とアカウントハック」 (Hoshinomori Chiaki to Akaunto Hakku)
“Hoshinomori Chiaki and Account Hack”
It’s Chiaki-pain all the way down. Then Uehara makes it worse.
It’s undeniable that we, the massive nerds who watch anime, are meant to sympathize with Chiaki. That Tendou isn’t completely marginalized is testament to how much effort has gone into making Tendou goofy and weird herself, but this episode was all about Chiaki, and most specifically, Chiaki’s pain. Or really, our pain over Chiaki. It was bad enough seeing her freak out and deny her feelings, but to have her shunt the focus off on her little sister to torpedo her own chances was painful to watch. If you wanted us to sympathize with Chiaki even more, show, mission accomplished. Now stop with the pain!
This episode does show why Konoha had to be introduced, even if it was done in a haphazard way. Last week’s pacing problems are what made this week’s episode work, because without that groundwork Konoha would be a total deus ex machina, and her buying the erogame would have been out of left field. The necessity is confirmed, even if the delivery was still off.
This was a fun episode, though as usual Tasuku is the X element that throws everything into a tail spin. From him still making Keita think that he likes Tendou, to him making a hella confusing phone call to Chiaki, Tasuku is like the anti-harem protagonist: every decision he makes with the ladies is the wrong one. Actually, that doesn’t sound that uncommon. Let’s try this: every decision to makes with the ladies goes badly for him and them. There, that works. There ain’t no overpowered Kirito moves that can save him from this.
This episode still packed in plenty of laughs, but it was less zany than usual. I think that’s good though. We need valleys to earn the peaks, and as far as more deliberate, sympathy-earning episodes go, this was still pretty darned funny. I worry for the punch they’re winding up, though. Not that it won’t be good. I worry how much it’s gonna hurt. (Possibly from laughing too much!)
- To Chiaki’s comment on the chronic pain of creation: too true. Also see the old Kevin Smith quote, this time in illustrated form. In this, this silly cartoon ain’t making anything up.
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