「同じイケメン嫌い」 (Onaji Ikemen-girai)
“We Both Hate Hot Guys”
Ah yeah, now that’s what I call development. Character development at that. Leon being the bad boy all the way through? Please, he’s got a heart under all that madness. A heart some can even recognize for all the effort to the contrary. Am I reaching with such statements? Not in the slightest; after all, even Olivia can see it, and if the cutie pies are already hot on Leon’s tail, rest assured the remaining crowd isn’t far behind.
With Otome Game being first and foremost a comedy series, it’s nice getting episodes like this which reinforce there’s more to the overall story than simply crushing the competition in a blaze of hilarity. Leon’s grand display is obviously case in point, but Angelica and Olivia aren’t far behind: as oh so succinctly put, true friendship isn’t something bartered or bargained for, it simply happens, and anything which gets in the honest way of that for one party is simply confirmation that party wasn’t serious about said friendship in the first place. Angelica after all wouldn’t have lashed out in tight animation budget still-shot glory at antagonist of the moment if she didn’t care deeply for Olivia, just like Olivia wouldn’t have been so riled up by Leon’s deliberate pushing if she didn’t like Angelica for who she is. Regardless of social differences both girls have already forged a bond and it’ll take more than some angry words to ever eliminate it.
As for the real man of the moment, yeah, not much to say except being a dick is a full-time job and Luxion is too damn perfect of a sidekick. Leon though has proven himself to be more than a one trick pony thanks to his choice of reward and that aforementioned Olivia pep talk, showing that, if only in part, he’s not always going to be about himself at the expense of everyone else. His taking up of Carla’s request is a major case in point, since doing so is entirely for the sake of Olivia over any reinforcement of his own position. We might still have no idea just what mysterious new girl is after, but between AI-enhanced performances and gambling luck I don’t imagine Leon will have too many troubles dealing with whatever comes his way next.
And hey, we might just even find out which sister of Leon’s Marie happens to be in the process.