「破滅フラグを回避したので文化祭で浮かれてしまった…」 (Hametsu Furagu o Kaihi Shita no de Bunkasai de Ukarete Shimatta…)
“I Avoided My Doom Flags, So I Got Carried Away at the Cultural Festival…”
Ahh summer, it’s finally here at last, and what better way to kick things off than with a second season of Hamefura? This was honestly a sequel I never expected to see following the one-and-done nature of Hamefura’s first go-around, but I am not about to turn my nose up at more adorkable shenanigans and have been eagerly awaiting it since this sequel’s announcement. And I dare say my patience was rewarded.
Given Hamefura X is a sequel there should be no real need to delve into the premise too much: you want filling in, give that first season a spin. Or if you need some light refreshment, well, let Katarina’s various mental minions help fill in the blanks. In short the dork remains a lovably adorable just want to pet and feed 24/7 dork, the boys are still firmly cookie cutter in all the best ways, and the sooner I can get Mary and Sophia battling it out for the fair maiden’s heart (read: further honing that killer female intuition) all the better. Although if things simply devolve into various people giving into Bakarina eyes and time-honoured tummy rumbles I won’t be complaining in the slightest. I’m not sure what I needed from this season, but watching Katarina’s classmates immediately diagnose hunger as her problem definitely just became it.
As for plot nitty gritty, I imagine we won’t have to wait long to see who (or what) the big bad is this time. Considering Katarina’s doom flags have been all dealt with previously this will be the main sticking point for a bit; will things remain largely episodic and centered around lighthearted harem comedy or can we anticipate more serious and longer lasting drama to (finally) appear? While I love this series for the unabashed humour, there’s something to be said for mellowing about a bit and indulging in more structured scenarios – especially when the harem merry-go-round eventually runs out of new and interesting ways to stay funny. Will Katarina finally be forced into choosing a specific path in life (as already foreshadowed in part) or could something else like her – spoiler alert – friend’s reincarnation yield some other additional game aspect for additional hungry hippo fun and games? Quite a few options on the table, which alongside the presence of new (and just as ridiculous) characters points towards this season staying just as entertaining as the last.
I’m not sure exactly what’s in store for the Bakarina this time, but I’m definitely looking forward to finding out.
OP: 「アンダンテに恋をして！」 (Andante ni Koi wo Shite!) by angela