In before; “Sana is a RORIKON!!!”
Ah yes, the token loli character of Pronouns is introduced this episode, Mochida Hinako, and yes, she is 10 years old, not a “16-but-looks-like-11” character.
Episode starts with Hinako getting saved from bullies by Syuusuke, passing by after his kendo practice. Immediately, she develops a crush on Syuusuke, and starts to stalk.. er, I mean join Sana and their gang everyday after school.
Soon after, Hinako enlists the help of Sana and Aoi, to help her in her first love, making Sana ask Syuusuke his types of women, etc, etc, and Aoi helping Hinako realize Syuusuke’s ideals, which mainly fall flat. Finally, Aoi tells Hinako to flat out confess to Syuusuke, so with the help of Sana, they try to set up a date between Hinako and Syuusuke at the aquarium.
The plan goes on smoothly, but Syuusuke rejects Hinako’s confession, saying that he has someone else that he’s concerned about so he can’t commit himself to any relationships. Hinako tries to hold back her tears but Sana valiantly hugs her and lends her a shoulder to cry on, saying that even adults cry at moments like this.
+20 brownie points for Sana here.
Surprisingly an awesome episode, and they’ve stuffed quite a lot of development for Hinako in just one episode, from her introduction, her attempts to attract Syuusuke and the final confession and rejection, which was paced pretty nicely for so much story in just one episode. Although I was a bit let-down that the episode was more focused on Sana as the main male than Syuusuke, because I expected it to be a Syuusuke-centered episode as well from the preview last week.
Well, Sana did a pretty nice job himself this episode, with his support of Hinako. He sure gained a lot of brownie points as a “dependable older guy friend” character lol. I especially liked when he ordered the kid’s set to help Hinako’s collecting of mascot keychains and at the end, when he let Hinako cry on his shoulder (in a figurative sense).
One thing though… I wonder if Syuusuke has feelings that are more than just sibling love for Syuuri…. Well, I might be thinking too much, but this episode is a bit too hinting of that….
Next week on Pronouns, Nanaka in miko-fuku! Wai~~~