These characters have way too much spare time on their hands.
|…Do the brothers even do anything? Seriously, all we’ve seen them do is stand around the house casually (occasionally together, if something interesting is happening) and we’ve seen them eat once. I guess they’re vampires, but their lives seem pretty boring when they’re not harassing people. Anyways, I can hardly believe that we’re 3 weeks into this. The other anime of the season haven’t even started yet, and this is like, 1/4th over already.|
Here I was expecting the story to expand on the triplets more, but I guess Shu is fine too. He explained the family division neatly as well this episode, which I expected Reiji to go into if nobody else did. So yeah, they’re a rather divided family, despite the fact that they all live and go to school together. Anyways, back to Shu. If you couldn’t tell, he’s a bit… odd. Or at least, I can’t say I know that many people who would be too lazy to take off their clothes for a bath. Though more than that, I wanted to know if Shu’s music player could atill function if he got it wet, considering that he seems too lazy to take that off too. Clearly, this was the most important question raised by the episode.
As is the fact that either Yui is extremely slow at changing clothes, or Shu has magical instant-drying powers.
There’s quite a bit to Shu past, as you saw in the flashbacks, but I don’t know how much the story will go into that if they’re going to reveal it all now. Well, for sure I can say that Shu used to be friends with a human named Edgar, who then died in a rather mysterious fire (which I assume they’ll go into later. …Maybe). Long story short, he’s another character who was screwed over in his childhood, and that haunts him to this day. Shu’s different from the triplets in the sense that he’s not as obviously a sadist like them, but as you saw from the episode, he’s not exactly nice either. I’d take Shu breaking the mirror in the first episode as him directing everyone’s attention off Yui, but in the end, he’s still out for her blood too. He just doesn’t want anything more to do with Yui than that (for now, due to reasons; mostly because his one human friend died in a fire).
His face was too mature for a show about abusive vampires to handle.
Maybe if I was more emotionally invested in this show (you know, as opposed to using it as a comedy), I would have felt differently about the struggle this episode. As it stands though, watching Ayato and Shu fight over Yui was just really… cliche, I guess. Of course, they’re treating Yui like property more than anything romantic, but still, it boils down to the fact that harem members are fighting over a girl. Ayato’s part in this I get, since he has that superiority complex and has to be number one at absolutely everything, but Shu isn’t exactly the person I would expect to bother taking up challenges like that. Well, I guess he participated in Ayato’s challenge due to Reiji saying a bit too much (I’m not entirely sure, but I think that Shu and Reiji have a strained relationship), but being in a competition, let alone for Yui, seems rather unlike what we’ve seen from his character …Or maybe that’s just because I haven’t gotten to Shu’s route yet. If anything, I bet it was due to Reiji calling him spineless. In any case, there was less plot this episode. Or at least, less hints of this overarching plot that I assume they’re going to have. When they put it like that, this seems a bit more like the game, where it’s just a bunch of S fanservice with little connecting it all. …Is ‘S fanservice’ even a thing? Well, I guess it is with this show…
…And as a final note, I told you that Kanato was a psychopath.
Hmmm, I think I like this better when it’s pretending that it has a plot. This episode was closer to the game formula (kind of), but just watching two guys (kind of) fight over the heroine just felt really… mindless, I guess. It felt like petty drama as opposed to anything important happening. Not that anything really important has happened yet outside of the first episode, but aside from the diary entries disappearing (and Ayato claiming Yui), nothing seemed to connect to anything else that’s happened so far. It seems really weird that Yui now “belongs” to Shu too, though that might just be because his character doesn’t seem that proactive to begin with. …Yeah, maybe it’s not the fact that the vampires took turns owning Yui this episode that I have issues with, it’s the fact that the chain of events somehow went from Ayato to Shu. Is she eventually going to come under the ownership of all of them or something at some point? If so, I guess Shu going first makes sense, since I doubt he would bother even trying if the competition was bigger (and therefore, more troublesome). He’s invested now (I guess), so him keeping interest in Yui later makes sense.
On one hand, restricting the character interaction like that kind of makes sense, considering that the game was entirely one on one with barely any interaction from the other characters. For the most part though, I can see this formula getting old pretty fast if the brothers try to solve all their sharing issues through competition every episode or something like that. It was okay this episode, but I don’t know about it if they keep it up. Though of course, I’m ready to be proven wrong if they can make this work without making it seem petty. …Assuming that they even use this plot formula.
…It looks like it’s Laito’s turn the next episode. This should be… interesting.