“I see that my brother is collapsed on the floor, but let’s have a leisurely conversation instead.”
|The OP song to this anime has really grown on me. …Meanwhile, the ED song has somehow managed to beat out Maji Love 1000% (and 2000% as well) in my list of things that are kind of embarrassing to listen to in public. Ahaha… ha.|
WHOA. MAHOKO AND SASAKURA ACTUALLY EXIST. And it seems like Ema wasn’t the only one who got their personality toned down. Maho seems to have less personality than she did in the games. I don’t think Sasakura had a personality in the first place. Anyways, it was an, er, interesting cultural festival this episode. Seeing Ema interact in her daily school life was a nice change from all of the family drama that’s going on. It’s nice to see Yusuke and Ema have a cute relationship by itself, aside from the family thing.
On the other hand though, Ema clearly states this episode that she only wants to be siblings (or at least, she said so to Futo). Which is good for her since she’s totally been pushed around by him since they first met and the pairing here just doesn’t have the same appeal as the game had. …Futo doesn’t seem to be making good decisions here though, considering his job. He’s super famous and said that people were there specifically to take pictures of him, and yet he goes into a dark room with his stepsister without even trying to hide it. Were this any other series, the characters would have been in over their heads dealing with some sort of media scandal or something. That never happens in this series of course, but seriously Futo. Think things through.
This episode was the episode where I finally realized something. Watching all of the guys fall for Ema is actually kind of painful to watch. This isn’t like most of the other reverse harem shows where there are cute moments in between the heroine rejecting everyone, but this is like watching people jump off cliffs or something. Sure, there are some cute moments, but for the most part, I’m just cringing at whatever the brothers do for Ema because it either feels forced or just petty. I think my issue is largely due to the fact that Ema doesn’t exactly say ‘no’, but then says that she doesn’t want to be anything but siblings. …Or in other words, her personality in general. There’s no chemistry between her and almost everyone. She needs to get to the phase where she starts rejecting the brothers for real. …If the anime will even go there.
Ice cream solves everything.
Oh look, another twin (or maybe triplet since Natsume was kind of present) centric episode. But hey, it was a pleasant surprise when Tsubaki finally matured a bit. I have the feeling that Azusa’s advice from the last episode was an equal balance of actual concern for Tsubaki and making excuses to get Tsubaki away from Ema, but it seems to have had the desired effect. Maybe. Tsubaki didn’t seem to feel as bad about taking Azusa’s role as I thought he’d feel, but I guess we got enough angst from the tension with Azusa about Ema. At least he seems to acknowledge the fact that he was really pushing it with Ema, and now hopefully he isn’t as pushy. Having Ema comfort Tsubaki here was nice to watch as well.
Meanwhile, Azusa finally makes a move. …Which should be put to an end quickly since it seems like everyone who’s confessed to Ema at this time gets the insta-rejection (or you know, that thing she does where she doesn’t say no outright, but definitely doesn’t have any romantic feelings for the guy). I really like Azusa’s character, but I’m afraid that he’s not going to be ‘the one’ for Ema based on timing alone.
At least he got a lot of hugging action this episode. >.>
So the twins have reconciled, but it’s hard to tell if they were actually fighting or not, now that I look back at it. There was a lot of angsting going on, I guess, but it doesn’t seem as bad as I would have figured. Both Tsubaki and Azusa seemed to be on rather friendly terms while they were fighting, and really, their relationship didn’t seem any different from usual aside from fighting in front of Ema twice. (That “I’m not going to give up on her” speech in front of their rooms didn’t really seem like an actual argument.) Maybe we might have felt some change if they had shown us more of how they interacted to begin with, but again. They didn’t seem to act any differently than we’ve already seen them.
Things are definitely more interesting than they were in the first couple episodes, but I don’t know if it’s a good kind of interesting or not. Like I said above, watching the brothers all have a petty cat fight over their sister is kind of embarrassing to watch. Especially when it’s so hard to see why they fell for her in the first place. Maybe it’s because actually watching things play out is different from reading about them happen, but I never felt this way towards the novels. …I won’t even include the game here since the ‘Conflict’ part of the Brothers Conflict game was almost non-existent unless you were trying to make it happen. And even then, it never lasted this long, nor was this intrusive to the plot. Anyways, this is still watchable for the drama happening, but it’s kind of taking the fun away from it all when trying to watch this as a romance anime.
I assume that the next episode is Ema’s existential crisis.