Four words; Haruka rocks, Yuto’s GAR.
Since exams are upcoming, Haruka invites Yuto to her place to study, and oh boy, she really does have an awesome place. If you thought the Sanzenin estate was bad enough, Haruka’s place actually has a WATERFALL in her compound…. not to mention it takes 30 minutes to walk from the main gate to the house. And she WALKS to school everyday. Coming to think back on it… this was quite an early warning sign already.
A waterfall inside is really overdoing things…
Of course, we’re introduced to the members of the Nogizaka family, namely Haruka’s lolilicious imouto, Mika, and the maids, Sakurazaka Hazuki and Nanami Nanashiro. They seem to take a liking towards Yuto, especially Mika who LOVES to snuggle up to him, and calls him “Onii-san”. Well, leaving that aside, the first half of the episode ends without much on their part.
A few days later, exams are in full swing and Yuto is barely catching up, thanks to Haruka’s study session. Both of them talk about plans for summer, and Haruka invites Yuto to the Natsucomi event when disaster strikes and Haruka is knocked over by another student, exposing the huge Comiket catalogue in her bag (Haruka… don’t bring stuff like that to school next time, seriously). Yuto manages to fool the onlookers by proclaiming it’s his, but Haruka is greatly disturbed and runs off.
Over the next three days, she skips school, while the whole school thinks Yuto is a terrible, disgusting, figurine-shooting otaku and harrases him by gossips and even anonymous threat letters stuffed in his shoebox. Yuto valiantly takes all the hits and wonders why it’s so bad to be seen as an “Akiba-kei”, since Haruka’s Haruka. Worried about Haruka, he visits her immediately after school, and is met by Mika and the maids, who explain further about Haruka’s traumatic past in middle school when her secret got let out.
Mika’s a bit “creative” on the ecchi side.
Since Haruka has been hikki’ing in her room for the past three days, initial attempts to get her out fail, and Mika steps up a notch by proclaiming to go on a date with “Onii-san” at Akiba, which finally gets her out, saying she can’t have that happening, but she runs back in, totally embarrassed.
Brain nearly overloaded here.
Yuto tries again this time, telling her that the secret was kept safe, and Haruka appears, saying it’s not that problem, instead she doesn’t want Yuto to feel the same loneliness she had back in middle school when all her “friends” avoided her when they found out her hobby. Yuto valiantly answers that he doesn’t need such “friends” if they’re gonna avoid him by virtue of his hobbies, and promises to be Haruka’s ally no matter what happens. This finally cheers Haruka back up and she returns to school the next day.
Awww~~ so touching.
Some slimeball walks up to Yuto and Haruka, insulting Yuto, which finally incites Haruka’s anger and she throws him away, like 5 meters. She proceeds to announce that the catalogue was her, and they both resume their leisurely walk to school.
Slimeball sure deserved that!
Right, that was a rather long post, lol. But I have to say I really liked this episode, even if it was a bit playing up on the stereotypes and clichés surrounding the subject matter.
Well, Yuto proved his manliness this episode, by not only taking the bullet for Haruka, but also promising to be her ally no matter what. Sure, it’s a bit cheesy, but well, I’m really weak for that. Haruka showed some surprising physical talents at the end as well, and my jaws went slack when she threw Mr. Slimeball away. Despite her clumsiness, she definitely does have physical abilities and probably a full black belt in judo or karate to back it up.
In addition, their relationship is truly like an otaku’s wet dream come true. C’mon, it’s like… first date is Akihabara and potentially, second date will be at Comiket, AND it’s all from her! Not to mention it comes with multiple extras such as a lolilicious younger sister, maids and a freaking big compound. Ah, it’s so self-satisfying, it’s unreal.