「センパイのお誘いっスか!?」 (Senpai no Osasoi Suka!?)
“You`re Inviting Me, Senpai?!”
The 2nd episode of the 2nd Attack builds on the foundation that was solidified by the end of Season 01 as Nagatoro and Naoto are starting to think of each other in a fonder light. Because of this, their trip to the zoo winds up escalating as their initial journey to sketch animals for inspiration turned out to be a sweet bonding moment for the two.
WE DIDN’T BUY A ZOO
To be blunt, it’s kinda tricky to write about Episode 02 because of how much of the episode focused on how Nagatoro is getting used to seeing Naoto in a different light while Naoto is endearing himself more to her. The former gets more significant development throughout the episode with how Nagatoro embraces Naoto’s courageous and creative side.
Naoto’s insistence on standing up for Nagatoro gives him a ton of headway in this episode as it really helps her see how far he’s come in sticking up for both himself and others. Although it’ll still feel like pulling teeth for him to directly tell the people picking on him to buzz off, the fact that he told them off as soon as Nagatoro’s painting was mocked helped her see the extent of his more virtuous side. It was enough to bring her A-game in telling them off as they squirmed for their efforts to mock her artwork and Naoto, and more than enough to show that she finds him to be an inspiring person to be around.
Similarly, Naoto internalizes his club president’s insistence that art is born from love when he sees both the art he made and the art that Nagatoro really tried her best to nail. Her creations were much cruder, but had the same dedication and love you could find in any average person’s animal sketches. She might still get on his nerves with her poking and prodding, but she also seeks out his validation that what she’s making is still alright, knowing that art is the one thing that Naoto can absolutely dunk on Nagatoro over.
As great as this season’s been within the past two episodes, it is a bit tricky to come up with as much material to write about, detail-wise. I can expect these to probably be a nice breather where the screencaps are where more of my effort would be focused. Otherwise, it’s a pretty easy, breezy watch now that Nagatoro is warming up more to Naoto and seeing him in a more romantic light.