「冒険さえあればいい.」 (Bouken sae Areba Ii.)
“Adventure Is All You Need.”
Apologies for the delays this week. I had an Itsuki moment and went on a trip for the weekend. I tried to come up with valuable research for my posts, but my most valuable contribution from my experience is to watch how much you spend at Epcot or yakiniku grills. Otherwise, you’ll spend too frivolously before the holidays! Also, that breaks are a nice way of refueling since this episode of Imouto sae is the relaxing breather Haruto needed to keep his mind off of the poor reception to his LN’s anime adaptation.
Episode 07 introduces Table-Top Role Playing Games into the forefront as Haruto’s favorite pastime, playing into the show’s largest strength of utilizing the games the cast plays to elaborate on their creative processes and imaginations. Whereas Nayu has fun with the creativity she can have with some of the more erotic scenarios, Itsuki can shape his character after the ideal imouto he can place himself in, and use abilities he admires like Unlimited Blade Works. Miyako’s mindset also makes me wonder just how much she knows about LN’s given that her powers mimicking Mikoto Misaka’s coin-toss electric beams. Haruto’s scenario is funnier the more Itsuki is able to call the twists he makes from a mile away, but it was interesting to see that he still has the mischief to have a tentacle monster summoned on the beach.
While it is a goofier episode with great comedy and greater fanservice, it’s Chihiro who steals the show in this episode with how she handles creating the little sister she wishes she could be. She’s excited by the prospect of being seen as a female by her friends and step-brother through the game’s create-a-character mechanic. Chihiro is also touched when Itsuki frees her first because the in-game Itsuki gives her a high level of respect and love as his little sister. It’s still dancing around getting deep into Chihiro’s motivations, but it is a small way of giving her something nice to work with.
The last episode hinted at the idea of Haruto admiring Miyako, but the ending to this one makes his thoughts as clear as possible that he is interested in her. From the title of the next episode, this might just be the foot-in-the-door Haruto needs to ask her out, but trying to pursue a relationship with Miyako could also be the catalyst towards the building tension between the cast. Miyako, still grappling with whether she should entertain the idea of liking Itsuki knowing that he’s on Nayu’s radar, might brush off Haruto’s affection if she’s more focused on Itsuki. We’re also unsure of who Itsuki really likes because he’s not as transparent about his actual feelings about anything other than little sisters, but I’m getting the feeling that he has something more to say about Haruto’s question on if Miyako is single. Knowing the romance has been slowly hinted at up to this point, I’m eager to see where it will go with the next episode.