「主人公にさえなればいい.」 (Shujinkou ni sae Nareba Ii.)
“Becoming the Protagonist Is All You Need.”
We’ve got another bombshell this week! This time, Itsuki fesses up that he actually does like Nayu. His reasoning for not committing to officially going out does align with his personality as he would rather be considered a “protagonist” in his own story than a side character in Nayu’s. Itsuki’s logic behind holding off on asking her out is indicative of his character in that he is willing to suppress his own feelings both for Nayu’s sake as a young novelist and for his own self-centered desire to have the world’s gravitational pull go his way. Whether the announcement of Itsuki’s LN getting an anime pushes him to open up to Nayu or causes him to move the goal post further for her will be something to look forward for the finale.
The last scene in particular is a good indicator in how tragically flawed the men of the show are; whereas Itsuki puts his love on-hold for a chance to be as successful, if not more so, than Nayu, Haruto is actively getting testier and pushier about getting the two together. Most likely, he was unable to shake off the negative feelings he’s had since Miyako similarly wanted to push Itsuki and Nayu together to rip off the band-aid of unrequited love. His own perspective wasn’t prominent in the episode, but I’d imagine that later on, Haruto will continue to let his feelings about the Itsuki/Nayu pair and Miyako fester overtime until it causes him to be far more aggressive towards Itsuki.
While the confession was the largest development in this episode, Nayu was the MVP of Episode 11. After finishing her last LN thanks to Miyako’s thighs, she provides the funniest twists in the next tabletop game they played. Seeing her come up with Itsuki growing a large enough member for him to eventually use as a weapon for him to fight against Titans with was outright hilarious. Nayu’s writers block also gave us some time with her cute editor who is comparative to Itsuki’s editor as having to come at odds with an infuriating writer. However, Nayu’s editor has a flip side to her as she perks Miyako up by saying how being her editor gives her the honor of being the first person to read Nayu’s books. Nayu also overheard Itsuki’s confession, so the aftereffects will definitely be felt by the time the finale rears its head.