Don’t let this be you!
Welcome back for episode 2 of OreImo season 2! We got a reintroduction to the characters in the show without much storyline movement in episode 1, so what does the second episode have in store for us? Will we get any movement in Kyousuke’s romance?
Spotlight on Ayase
Kuroneko and Saori fans had it tough this week, as neither one of them showed up at all. Instead, this episode concentrated on Ayase and Kirino, who has been sucked into yet another game, “Love Touch,” which even monopolizes your time outside of when you’re playing it by sending texts and other things to your smartphone. Ayase, starting to wonder if she’s been replaced by another girlfriend of Kirino, goes to Kyousuke for help and to find out what’s going on.
I like the interactions between Kyousuke and Ayase in general, because Ayase feels like she’s just barely hanging on to the otaku side of Kirino at times. She’s never been a fan of that kind of lifestyle, although she finally seems to understand that it’s not Kyousuke corrupting Kirino. And from that, she seems more able to accept that this is what Kirino likes to do. But she doesn’t like it when her best friend is not being honest with her… or moving away from her with “someone else”.
Kyousuke falls for 2D Ayase
Was Ayase supposed to be happy that the avatar of “Ayaka” was basically her, with her voice? I wonder how often people try to use this “She’s just like you, so it’s not cheating” defense. It didn’t work for Akira Tsubaki in MGX, and it doesn’t really work here. The only thing it does it get Ayase mad at Kyousuke (something that’s always right below the surface, I’d imagine). And Kyousuke actually did help out Ayase as far as Kirino goes, by reminding Kirino that she’s been too involved in Love Touch, and taking it out of her hands.
Manami hopes Ayase doesn’t kill her!
I do think this episode went just a little overboard with that much Ayase and Kyousuke. I like Ayase’s character, but I don’t really get why she puts up with Kyousuke so much, or why Kyousuke is trying so hard to appease her, while also mildly sexually harassing her. I also think that Ayase’s got a bit of a yandere side, which was why it wasn’t really surprising to me that she picked that route at the end (and of course that “Yandere Route Included!” on the box was a huge Chekhov’s Gun). I also wonder how telling it was when Ayase seemed happy that she thought Kyousuke was inferring that Kirino wanted to be lovers with her, although it does seem like a tough thing to try to figure out Ayase’s motivation.
Kirino is more interested in looking up the skirts of dancing game avatars…
While the episode was mostly Kyousuke, Kirino, and Ayase, there was a little bit of Manami, especially in cahoots with Ayase. That’s a bit of a weird combination to me, but it was hinted at in the first series True End, when Manami had Ayase’s phone number. And this time they’re commiserating, especially when Kyousuke annoys both of them. And both of them decide that they’re going to win back their loved one by emulating the game, but I thought Manami was a lot cuter when she was mad at Kyousuke instead, and also when she said she was going to scold him.
Ayase’s tsundere and yandere sides got a real workout this week as she tried to win back Kirino from her video game doppelganger, but Kyousuke helps her out and reminds Kirino what’s important. This will probably be all the focus we get on Ayase for a while, and to be honest it’s probably enough, since she’s a pretty oppressive character, not nearly as much fun as the verbal sparring we get with Kuroneko and the enabling of them we get with Saori. Speaking of Saori, from the preview title of next week’s episode, it sounds like she’ll be back, presumably with Kuroneko, and that means otaku stuff!
Kyousuke doesn’t care if you’re mad!