Hey, you can look at these all you want!
We’re now halfway through NouKome’s lamentably short 10-episode run, and straight in the middle of the current arc. Let’s find out if Kanade is making much progress.
“Imouto *and* osananajimi all in one! Good Job, Amacchi!”
Not really, but this episode gives us the search for the 5th candidate to help the Reject 5 in their battle against the Popular 5. And to my huge surprise, Chocolat is rejected as the 5th person (buuuuuut…), as the apparently required imouto character shows up. Of course, Yuragi isn’t actually anyone’s imouto, but she likes to call everyone “Onii-chan” and “Onee-chan.” Or even a special “Onee-sama” for Furano. The only one who she isn’t an imouto to is Chocolat, apparently.
Ouka thinks everything is fun
So with Yuragi around, Kanade realizes that his mission gets easier the more girls who already have said they like him in the battle, so he goes along with having Yuragi on the team, against his initial plan to refuse. He even tries to exploit the ‘like / love’ dual nature of ‘suki’, but is shut down by Furano’s refusal to say that she likes him as a person. Oh well, he’s still got some time. And Furano’s even up to her actual tsundere tricks, getting jealous that Kanade calls Yuragi by her given name and taking it out on Kanade.
In This Cornerrrrrr!
We do get the full introduction to the rest of the combatants, except for Yumeshima, who I’m back to thinking we’ll never see. Joining from the Popularity team are the previously introduced Sougi, Seira, and Konagi, joined by Touya Yoshiwara (a boy who Kanade doesn’t need to worry about) and Ayame Reikadou, the ring-curled, big boobed ojou-sama from the OP (that’s all the girls in the OP introduced now!). And given the nature of the show, we then get a nice digression into boobs, with Furano upset that hers are small, Reikadou picking a fight with Furano over size, and Yuragi plenty happy to let Kanade stare at hers. Meanwhile Sougi has had it with imoutos, having 5 of his own, and Touya falls for Chocolat, who blunders in to tell Kanade that she’s hungry.
The Popularity 5’s remaining members
Basically, it’s chaos, but amusing chaos, into which Kanade is forced to say that he’s going to make all the girls say they like him (he could have chosen to have them all love him, but not have their memories erased, but he decides he can’t have their feelings forcibly changed). Of course, that’s going to make him look bad, but Ouka is really catching on about these things, and is starting to think that he doesn’t really mean all the things he says. If she guesses, can he reveal his condition to her?
Of course he’s sincere, look at that pose!
Bonus Imouto Spinning and Plain Chocolat!
Yeah, I’m pretty sure that the blank spot will end up being Chocolat. Why introduce another character they’ve been resisting so far, when there’s a convenient puppy around to fill the slot? I wasn’t expecting a nise-imouto, but Reikadou is about exactly what I was expecting. We’ll see if she keeps up the super haughty act throughout tho.
All in all, another fun episode, with very little time to think about anything between all the jokes. The characters really do seem to work in this show, even if it’s kinda crazy. And there’s just that tinge of trouble, that little undercurrent that something’s not quite right, maybe helped by the minor key of the ED song.