Yukimura looks forward to your visit this week.
|Five episodes down and every week this series always brings a smile to my face! That and I just simply can’t get enough of the perverted adventures of Rika, but there might be hints of a possible serious story developing between Kodaka and Yozora this week? I can’t wait to see what happens this week and how are you doing Kara?|
|Well Fosh,I wasn’t expecting much at the beginning of the episode, but then they mentioned otome games. I can’t even remember the last time I’ve seen that genre mentioned in an anime (not including the anime adaptations of them). I was quite happy with the subject and then they turned it into a device that made me like Yozora more, so this was a pretty great episode~.|
Video Games are romantic?
Sena gets her time to troll this week, but fails!
I haven’t played many VN based games or dating simulations because they just don’t appeal to me all that much, but can say that I have played at least one to two routes of Katawa Shoujo. That said I can see why they are popular in terms of story and making the player feel they are connecting to the different characters. I know some of them contain sexual scenes, which is probably why most of us choose to avoid them. So why am I talking about those games? Because this episode of Haganai follows Yozora playing one of these dating games that Rika recommended to her with Sena cracking jokes? You could say that it’s the reverse of what happened in season one that had Sena playing the game and Yozora’s random comments about how stupid the video game characters were acting. I thought it was really interesting to see Yozora take some life lessons from that game, especially in the making friends department. I wonder if she will start taking the friend making club a bit more serious in the next few episodes; however, I have a strange feeling that Rika is actually trying her best to guide Yozora and the others to become friends or is she just getting lucky with all these recommendations? It seems that every time she suggests a club activity everyone gets closer in terms of friendship.
Otome Games become Relevant to the Plot~
Rika is a professional Otome player
Oh shit, Haganai definitely stumbled onto my topic of interest this episode: otome games. Sena kind of lost points with me with her jokes and comments about them (and then Rika gained some for not only playing the genre, but also shutting Sena up), but even I have to admit that the language in them is definitely… cheesy. Rose coloured life? Yep, that’s like a standard line. You don’t realize how lame these things are until you see it from a different perspective. OTL Anyways, I had to laugh with Yozora’s first action being to raise the heroine’s IQ as well because it seems like having no common sense or brain is a standard for the genre.
However, there was a lesson for Yozora in all of this. Games can’t be compared to real life of course, but it must have been a shock that she acted the way she did in real life, she got close to someone kind of similar to Kodoka and yet in the end, she ended up alone and miserable. We’ve seen her seem dissatisfied with Kodaka’s growing harem and regretting a lot of her actions, so maybe this marks a turning point for her? She’s definitely not entirely content with the way things are going, so maybe she’ll actually make a move or something now. At least it looks like she’s ready to change her character or at least her actions a bit now, which is more than I can claim with any of the other characters (even Sena). …Or maybe she won’t change at all, but I think that the game ending might have been a good shock for her.
New hairstyles increase Rika’s power
Rika-“Don’t worry I am not trying to replace Kobato…well…maybe…”
I like this color and style!
Just a short thought on Rika’s new hair obsession! I just love how every week she continues to try out new things with her hair, like dying it different colors. So which Rika do you like more, her normal color, blonde or black? Besides the new color she had a side ponytail, short twin-tails with black hair and long blonde twin-tails like Kobato. Speaking of new looks I should mention Yukimura and her new butler uniform? Fans of Mayo Chiki were in for a treat with that short mention of that series which has a similar set up of a girl cross-dressing as a male butler? I have to admit his new butler look works really well for her! That said I think Yozora is being a terrible troll by convincing Yukimura that eventually she will become a guy? SERIOUSLY WORST TROLL OF ALL TIME! I can’t wait to see what kind of look Rika decides to go with next time.
Fun with friends
Mayo Chiki is quality entertainment for everyone.
Rika-“Make fun of my game one more time I dare you.” Sena-“Uhhh…”
Would you like it well done or raw?
Sorry Sena, but the cast only supports two former magical girls.
Like Fosh says below, Haganai seems to be moving… somewhere. The hints at the childhood friend thing coming out are definitely there and really, it’s information that the rest of the cast should probably know. Not just because of the fact that they’re friends but not really friends, but also for the sake of any chance of romantic development for Yozora. This seems like one of those things where (in game terminology) a flag is raised once a character comes out with a secret. I know I just said that games aren’t comparable to real life but hey, Haganai is just another piece of fiction. So yeah, this episode kind of evened the ground between Sena and Yozora for me and I’m close to thinking that either would be pretty good as the OTP. Yozora at least seems to be struggling with her problems, and with the childhood friend thing potentially coming out, maybe she’s ready to move on even further as a character.
Well, that was certainly a fantastic episode in the laugh department and possible hints at everyone discovering the truth that Yozora and Kodaka were in fact childhood friends? I wonder how the other club members will react towards that bit of news, but I imagine that Sena will probably be the only one that flips out or will it affect Rika and Yukimura somehow? Part of me thinks that Rika will just imagine this bit of development like in one of her games. Besides all of that I had a blast watching Rika act completely nuts while Yozora was playing her game! Like her reaction towards Sena who was making fun of the game? I never would have imagined that Rika would get angry at Sena like that, but the best moment has to be her attempt to “excite” Kodaka with all the flag raising comments?! Also she said the word bitch like three to four times which had me laughing my ass off. Overall this was a really funny episode that is building towards something great between Yozora and Kodaka eventually getting together.
Sena maid is fantastic.
Kodaka and his army of sexy maids