Miwa took Wataru to the beach once and seems to have forgotten his existence ever since.
|Oh crap. In posting up my game review, I totally forgot that I skipped covering a few episodes of the anime. OTL On the plus side though, this makes talking about the anime a bit easier since you guys have a better idea of what I’m comparing to.|
…Come up with your own joke for “Panzer of the Dead”
Twin drama this episode~. I was expecting for Ema to have a freak out over her own family issues with Rintarou, but maybe they’ll move that towards the end of the series as a climax of sorts. As for what happened this episode… well it certainly wasn’t as dramatic as I was expecting it to be. Azusa had some nice emotions when he was yelling (ish) at Ema that this was Tsubaki’s role, but the whole thing overall didn’t feel as angsty as I thought the anime would have made it. …Not that having less drama is a bad thing (since drawing out drama can be really tiresome), but maybe it made the whole conflict thing here a bit bland. I don’t know. Game or anime, overall, I didn’t find this event too bad. Both twin’s sides of the story (and their individual issues with what happened) was understandable and that’s how the industry works I guess. Now we just have to wait and see if Azusa falls deathly ill or whatever and passes the job on to Tsubaki.
As for the other triplet, aaaaah!! Ema’s interactions with Natsume were great. Maybe this is just some personal bias I have, but seeing her go to him for gaming advice just seems adorable. I’ve said this before, but I’m really glad that they kept in the fact that she games a lot. I thought having her pull an all nighter to play the game was a nice touch for her character too. She doesn’t look like she’s that passionate of a person in the anime, so it’s nice to see her obsess over something for once. …Plus I can’t see how else Natsume would interact with Ema if they didn’t have games in common.
I thought there’d be more Yusuke in this series overall, but they seem to have put Subaru in here instead. Tsubaki has already made a rather bold move, so I guess it’s Subaru’s turn. Natsume seems to be kind of jealous too, so we’ll see how this goes. His words for Subaru were pretty harsh at the end of the episode, and they probably hurt more coming from him (since Natsume was the sports person in the family, until he suddenly quit). Overall, the brothers have all had some exposure. …Well, all of them minus Masaomi. He’s adorable in the game, but I can see why they’d skip him just due to how old he is. They also seem to have effectively crossed off Wataru on the list of possible love interests too. I haven’t done Wataru’s route yet (since the game he’s in isn’t even out until September), but they seem to have him set up as the immature loveable little brother instead of a serious love interest.
As for Ema, maybe it’s just the fact that they’re showing her doing chores around the complex, but it seems like she’s opening up the the family more. She’s still a little emotionless, but at least the interactions with the family weren’t too painful anymore. She has emotions! She cheered Subaru on during the game! …I’m still a little sad that she didn’t fangirl over the seiyuu event from the last episode, but seeing her get excited over the basketball game was nice. Anyways, some of the brothers (like Tsubaki) are still pretty forward, but they’ve all accepted her as part of the family for the most part.
…And then we get to this episode and everything starts getting complicated (though actually, things got complicated between Subaru and Natsume a while ago). This is what I meant by Brothers Conflict going against normal harems a bit by having all of the brothers fight over Ema. We had a few episodes of everyone peacefully fawning over Ema, but obviously that can’t last forever. So now the twins are having issues of their own along with Natsume and Subaru. Natsume’s way of dealing with Subaru actually seemed kind of petty, since he’s hiding behind the excuse of giving Subaru advice, but I admit, I’m rather enjoying watching Azusa and Tsubaki fight. They’re two of the closest brothers and know each other so well, so they don’t really want to hurt each other, but both don’t want to give up on Ema. Yay twin drama. (Though the family moments were still nice. I liked seeing the pictures of the siblings when they were younger.)
Though from the looks of it, Ema is just going to familyzone all of them (which is kind of funny considering that that was what they did to her in the game if you weren’t on their route). She’s not acting any differently around Subaru. …Though on that note, she’s not really pushing any of them away either. She had 0 resistance against Futo (minus her passing “welp, this might make things complicated” comment), and I was kind of surprised at how easily she let Tsubaki take over at the end of the episode. It would be hilarious if Ema was doing this on purpose to make a huge harem, but I think it’s more like she has no idea what to do. As we’ve seen, she’s really happy to have siblings, and she doesn’t want to push them away right now. Though not pushing Tsubaki and Futo away this episode was being rather doormat-y on her part. That probably plays a HUGE part of why she didn’t push them away either….And maybe I’m wrong about this not knowing what to do thing, since she’s not in that much of a panic over this. Rather, it’s like she has no emotions. …Now if only she acted this okay with romantic development during the game. We could have avoided 12 months of unease in Kaname’s route with her “NOOO WE’RE SIBLINGS” routine. Though having her emotionless would have sucked.
I don’t know why, but the fact that they don’t call Ema by her name really started to bother me in episode 6. I was fine in Amnesia, since the heroine has no name and I was used to that, but Ema HAS a default name! Even in galge turned anime, I have yet to watch one where they don’t bother calling the protagonist by his name (though if there is an anime like that, I’d be really interested in finding out about it, what it was based on, and if the protagonist lacks a personality too). …I really, really hope that this doesn’t become a habit in otome games turned anime. It’s annoying. Anyways, in contrast, the storyline is starting to get pretty interesting. Hopefully Ema starts reacting to these developments though, or else her conclusion to stop all of the fighting will look like something she came up with on the spot after staring off into space for a while instead of agonizing over it for weeks.
Next it looks like Yusuke and Futo start fighting. …And as always, Ema looks like she’ll be observing awkwardly.