Yes, a pretty entertaining first episode. This is one of the shows I’ve been more interested in this season, mainly because Noto-sama is playing the lead heroine role, and god knows how long it’s been since she has had one (okay, Kanokon does count as one, but she was doing a male character) (oh crap, I forgot about Mnemosyne too, but it’s largely forgettable) . A big plus as well is that she’s playing a much more talkative character than what she usually does.
Anyways, I was pretty worried I wouldn’t like the show, mainly because incongruity of Nogizaka Haruka’s character, whose supposed to be an elegant ojou-sama admired by the whole school but she’s actually quite the airhead and, the selling point of the show, an otaku as well. I was worried that the awkward combination would prove to be rather offputting for me, but thankfully, it seems the production team and Noto-sama have struck quite a fine balance of the various aspects of Haruka’s character, so that no one trait actually overwhelms the other. Granted, the first 10 mins of the show wasn’t really that good, but the second half of it when Haruka asks Yuuto’s help and their subsequent interaction pretty much redeemed it nicely, especially with Haruka’s “you’re a strange guy” banter, which is pretty ironic coming from her. Also, Haruka’s “awawawawa~” nearly knocked me off my cuteness scale.
On other aspects, the show is pretty much your standard rom-com fare, with all the pre-requisite characters in place, such as Yuto’s hot but constantly drunk older sister, the weird friend, a general lack of parents around and even a sekuhara teacher as well, wonderfully played by Miyu Matsuki again (oh god Yoshinoya-sensei is hawt). There’s even gonna be a harem of meido’s from Haruka’s side as well, so there should be no shortage of moé-moé exposure to relish on in this show. The “show-in-a-show” they’re doing for Nogizaka Haruka sounds kinda boring and clichéd though… I wonder why they always use mahou-shoujo shows for those. In the real world… it’s more likely to be something from Shounen Jump.
The OP was pretty much swimsuit pimping, and that white bikini piece that Haruka wears fits her so well, it’s kinda scary.The song sounded quite serious for a show in this genre, but it’s okay I guess. The ED was pretty cute too, with dancing meidos and Haruka, and some weird filler animation. Strangely enough, the chorus of Kana Ueda, Mai Goto, Rina Satou, Kaori Shimizu, Mamiko Noto sounded like Yuka Goto’s voice to me.