Haruka needs her own series.
Kazuki just wins, with a lot of thanks to her seiyuu, Asami Sanada (famous for her Digi Charat and Viita roles), who I must say, pulled off her multitude of faces perfectly. It was fun to see her turn from cute to seductress to evil at the flip of a coin.
On to serious business, Amaenaideyo! Katsu is a perfectly well done sequel to the first season, and extends the story well, even though it does not resolve it yet again. I am highly suprised to see such quality from a series that was relegated to the anime shitlist since it’s debut. Amaenaideyo! really defines “do not judge a book by it’s cover”.
The best part of the show, which I’ve said before, is it’s equal focus on the characters of which none are ignored or relegated to stereotype roles.Not only that, all the characters are almost impossible to hate, which each of them having their own unique quirks that break them out of their “moe type” roles. The character development is satisfyingly done, though I would love to see more of Haruka. Perhaps left for a 3rd season, I suppose?
One more aspect that was greatly enjoyable about Amaenaideyo is definitely the parodies that abound in the show, from Kamen Riders to the EVA sequence and even a Gatekeeper’s reference. There are much more to spot, but definitely the most memorable must’ve been the EVA homage which left me whether to laugh or stay in shock.
Another point to moot about Amaenaideyo! is of course the seiyuu work, which all of them perform admirably, most notably from Ryoko Shintani’s Hinata, Asami Sanada’s Kazuki and of course, Mai Nakahara’s Chitose. It’s also a joy to listen to the Amaenaideyo! themes with the main cast singing both the cutely enjoyable OP’s while Mai Nakahara handles nicely both the ED’s. My personal favourite would be Katsu’s OP, Amaenaideyo!, as it was one of the rare times I did not skip the OP sequence in marathon. That song is oddly addictive, I must say.
In the end, I’d like to appeal to all the otakus out there that have relegated this show to their personal shitlist to seriously give it a try, unless suffering allergies to all forms of slapstick fanservice. I do assure you, the fanservice is done extremely well though, as I greatly enjoyed it. Last of all, thanks to the Mendoi team for not subbing this, it’s hard to find such great sub teams nowadays that dare to take up lesser known but good series’ like Amaenaideyo! , since most teams tend to focus on popular series’
to satiate their e-p0n0s’.