「夏休みだから楽しく遊んでしまった…」 (Natsuyasumi Dakara Tanoshiku Asondeshitmatta…)
“I Had Fun Over Summer Vacation…”
Ahh summer: birds; bees; Bakarina; it’s truly the time for memories to be made, and our little isekai love story isn’t one to get in the way of mandatory events. It might’ve been more about the laughs than developments this time around (six-part filler? Now that’s diversity), but never fear, for there’s always a storm on the horizon.
Having effectively conquered the hearts of everyone near and dear, Katarina’s new challenge is keeping the crowd at a suitable distance. Or in other words, finally catching on that not everyone (read: no one) thinks of her as just a friend anymore. Besides Geordo continuing his attempts at consummation and failing to even get a proper beach scene thanks to the increasingly amazing (and hilarious) efforts of Keith, we also have Alan trying to make a move while Mary breaks yet another safety barrier separating fantasy from full on
rape forbidden love. Although Nicol definitely wins for actually making the first romantic move of the bunch, because you know you didn’t see that coming. I’d say even the Bakarina has to recognize what Nicol is really after, but given the Council is also on vacation, yeah, that might be a stretch.
As usual with Hamefura right now however, the fun is with what the next arc will be about, and we certainly have some hints on that front. Geordo finally losing Keith long enough to start properly pouncing is the obvious one of course, as the running gag nature of their relationship can only go on so long before some drama gristle is needed to keep things fresh. Likewise Maria remains relatively under-utilized considering her game role as Katarina’s rival, and with the boys effectively immune to that cutie pie charm (at least for the moment), I wouldn’t be too surprised if her development skews towards cockblock over romantic interest. And then there’s the matter of Sophia and that off-hand discussion of memories, because I’m sure few missed the similarity in appearance between her and Katarina’s real-world friend—right? Right.
I’m not saying there’s another major twist waiting for us in this romcom, but when it comes to isekai it’s always a good idea to expect the unexpected.