「パジャマパーティで盛り上がってしまった…」 (Pajama Pāti de Moriagatteshimatta…)
“Things Got Crazy at a Slumber Party…”
Love it or hate it, got to admit Hamefura knows how to make the adorable dork even more adorable. While another character backstory episode might seem excessive with only three episodes to go, at least we know what’s coming next time, and most importantly, got some development for someone you’d least expect. Not to say Anne didn’t deserve some spotlight, but when have you ever seen the background maid get a week all to herself?
Although Anne’s history is about as cliché as they come (political pawn and disowned over a burn scar? Now that’s just spitefully stupid), her reminiscing does show to a significant degree just how much a well-timed head bonk contributed to the Bakarina’s current standings. You can easily see where the doom flags would’ve emerged, as any level of privileged arrogance and petty selfishness would’ve quickly eliminated any source of support an un-isekai-ed Katarina could’ve relied upon. Instead, thanks to some thoughtful attention and even more selfless care, the girl solidified herself as someone worthy of friendship and support. It might only seem like the simpleminded opinion of a child, but that one act of defiance on the part of Katarina assuredly meant more to Anne than any other word or gift ever could. Even amongst the more zealous of Katarina’s harem I guarantee you won’t find a bigger supporter of her than the maid behind the scenes.
As for the lead dork herself oh boy did we get the full meal deal. Besides the hilarity of Anne pointing out how baka the Bakarina truly is when it comes to matters of the heart, we also got the irony of both Keith and Mama-rina fighting against the tyranny of childhood engagements. Fair to Georgo? Probably not, but it’s hard feeling sorry when his strategized attempts are just too damn funny. Also Nicol going straight for the boys love ending to the eager satisfaction of Sophia—though I suspect the fantasies are slightly more complex than she cares to let on. Top it off with some eggplant shenanigans and the running of a job fair for Bakarina Farms Inc. and damn were things kept firmly amusing. Not enough raburabu infighting to truly seal the deal mind you, but never fret, because that’s always waiting in the wings.
After all, we’re about to see the first major play at harem breaking next time around.