The world’s most depressing looking birthday party
|Ah, if you’re wondering where this was last week, I’m probably going to just cover BroCon every other week. …Because let’s be honest here, there’s not a whole lot going on. …And as for my game review, I’m am EXTREMELY distracted by Ozmafia right now (and I have Tiny x Machinegun being delivered within the month), so I haven’t even touched my PSP in a week. OTL I’ll get around to it, I swear!!|
Despite their money, apparently the Asahina household doesn’t have a shed to hide the bodies in.
I’m glad that the brothers are being introduced somewhat (kind of sort of) more naturally this episode. They’re starting to ignore some brothers to focus on other ones. …Or at least, they seemed to have ignored Masaomi this episode for the most part. Futo was a huge part of the episode, and if you somehow missed it, he’s the bratty kid who thinks that dealing with his family is a pain. He respects them (not that he says that ever though), and there’s that family bond still there, but large family gatherings are a pain for him. Though sometimes it’s funny since Futo doesn’t hold back when telling Yusuke how much of an idiot he thinks he is.
Speaking of Yusuke, he finally had his monologue about how he’s awkward because he’s been in love with Ema. Though I’m sure you could have guessed what his problem was just from looking. Subaru had some focus this episode too. There were kind of hints towards what happened between him and Natsume in the past, but for the most part, this was a lot like his route (minus that part where he said that Ema was a pain. That never happened). …Man, his birthday party looked depressing though. Everybody just sat around in a dark room talking. Hopefully the wedding and Christmas are a bit more lively. As for exposition for the other brothers, you kind of saw the tension between Iori and Kaname. That should be explained somewhere in this anime (probably when Iori starts falling for Ema).
…Ema’s lack of personality was painfully noticeable with Futo in the picture now. He’s the smart mouthed kid who
sexually harasses teases Ema all the time, and in the game, it’s kind of cute since Ema gets mad, but her personality doesn’t allow her to get mad for long… and then Futo makes fun of her, repeating the process. (…I’m probably not making much sense.) Here, Ema has no reactions. …So Futo’s interactions are now boring since Ema getting mad was what made the events cute. Juli took over Ema’s anger it seems. …Though Juli was never fond of Futo in the games anyways (you can probably guess why).
Luckily, once Juli was out of the scene (…and unceremoniously stuffed in a bag), Ema’s personality came out a bit! She tends to hit the right notes with all of the brothers (like praising Futo for his love of acting or telling Kaname that he’s a nice guy like she did in episode 1), so you can probably see why all of the brothers fall for her. Plus her embarrassment around Futo teasing her was how I remember it from the games~. I hope they have Ema open up a bit more as the series goes on. They also upped the interaction between brothers a bit (mostly in that scene with Yusuke forcibly dragging Futo away from Ema’s room) and we had Miwa dote on Ema. It was pretty much everything I asked for. …They still missed a lot an it wasn’t as heartwarming as I was hoping for, but at least the anime didn’t completely ignore these things. Maybe they should take Juli out of the picture more often (though that would unfortunately mean less Kamiyan…)
I certainly hope they didn’t all try to walk through the door at the same time in that arrangement.
…Hikaru was busy in Italy when the wedding event happened in the game, but seeing here in the anime was kind of funny, if only for the fact that he wore a dress. He’s never explained why he cross dresses yet in the anime, but he totally could have worn a suit here since he’s not at work. Though maybe they’re saving him actually dressing like a guy for later. Also, Natsume appeared! And Ema suddenly likes video games! Yaaay! Of course, there’s still a lot of drama still with Subaru (that I assume Natsume will be involved in), but his character had a good introduction. …Despite him facing the door, having the entire family walk in (and stand in a really deliberate fashion) and then going “when did you show up?” …I guess Ema is just extremely distracting. As for other brothers that stuck out, they finally decided to reveal that Rui knows what Juli has been saying this entire time. I actually have no idea about the how or why of that since Rui wasn’t all that prominent in the Passion Pink game and he didn’t have a route. So really, I’m a bit curious about all of that as much as you are (…provided that you’re actually curious).
Well, the wedding wasn’t quite as depressing as Subaru’s birthday party, and we finally got to see Miwa and Rintarou~. Neither of them really have personalities outside of being kind and caring, but I’m sure you wanted to see the woman who gave birth to an unreasonable amount of children. Like I said above though, watching her dote on Ema is heartwarming~. Though with all of the Miwa and Ema moments I remember, I can’t ever think of a time where Rintarou ever bonded with any of the Asahina brothers. Ah, well. Maybe the anime might include some (but I doubt it).
Ema… still lacks a name it seems. Couldn’t they at least call her “Hinata” (Rintarou’s last name) or something? That was definitely canon (you couldn’t even change that in the game). Ema’s best friend, Mahoko, seems to not exist too… Her existence would at least give Ema a nickname they could use since she calls Ema ‘Hina’ (which, as Mahoko says int eh game, works with both of the names ‘Asahina’ and ‘Hinata’. …I thought it was cute.) Anyways, things got kind of better over the course of two episodes. The conflicts are starting to emerge, which should make the plot more interesting as opposed to generic romcom events happening. A lot of the brothers seem to have been shafted (aka Masaomi and Wataru), but I think Futo had a pretty good introduction, all things considered. Everything you saw for his character was basically the important points to him. Natsume and Hikaru have a few things to their characters that still needs addressing, but that can definitely wait considering that they were only introduced in episode 3.
So there’s not a whole lot going on in this series and everything I liked has been watered down terribly, but I still find this watchable I guess. The animation style still bugs me and all of the character actions seem really contrived/totally unnatural… Some of the backgrounds look like what I used to do for my perspective drawing class when I didn’t want to do much and I drew/rendered halfassed boxes that may or may not have worked as actual furniture (which is actually kind of funny for me, but still). However, I like seeing the characters act like themselves. Well, minus Ema, who’s only starting to act like herself. To be honest, this definitely didn’t reach what I was hoping for. But hey, it’s still watchable and nowhere near as big of a letdown as Arcana Famiglia was. This is a huge accomplishment as far as I’m concerned.
The next episode should be interesting for Ema at least, provided that they’re following the game event order. …Though it kind of looked likt they skipped right to Christmas in the preview, so maybe not.