Amagami SS episode 11, Sae arc part III – The Lands of Maids and Cosmos

Now when they came to the day before the trial and

Junichi II sat with his loyal retainer Ume under the midday light of Helios

and pondered Sae’s declaration from the night past.

With Haruka to speak in the bizarre manner of an Oracle in words strange and confusing to the mortal ear.

Sae’s tutelage under Junichi II was about to come to an end,

fierce pride in his eyes at the sight of his student about to take her first steps alone.

But such joy was not in Sae’s heart

and she asked of him to continue training her.

.

Her affection growing for her teacher, Sae let him first hear

the joyous news that she had been inducted into a noble house.

But it was not unto House Crab Gratin that she was delivered

but to the Holy Maids that serve their charges as the nymphs serve almighty Zeus.

For Sae feared burdening the heroic Kaoru and could not deny the call of the meido fanservice.

There at the table came a vision of Kaoru,

resplendent in the holy raiments of the maidens.

And such was Junichi’s shock that his hand

with the guidance of Aphrodite,

knocked his cup aside and thus summon Sae to dry the table before him.

Sae’s passion towards Junichi II grew and held sovereign over her thoughts,

so when the Nishishi remarked that there was a tournament

to find a couple as beautiful and vigorous as Ares and Aphrodite

Sae’s thoughts turned immediately to her beau.

.

Taking him to the Land of Cosmos,

where the flowers of the same name adorn the gates,

she began to act ever so slightly more direct towards him.

Riding white steeds they shared smiles,

and she brought him to the theater

to share her love for the ancient tales of great heroes and their deeds.

.

As night fell and they departed she tried

once, twice, thrice more to take the hand of her love.

But for all her training she had not entirely escaped the title of ‘the Meek’

and so could not utter the words.

But Junichi II would finally see,

as Inspiration burst from the head of Zeus,

and reached for her fair hand under the bus stop’s plastic shade.

Commentary from Codicer ExecutiveOtaku, Imperial Librarium

- Something of  a letdown after the fast pace of the previous episodes, but at least it’ll have set up everything for the start of the next episode. The Couples Contest was introduced, as well as the Miss Santa one that we had seen hints of in previous arcs, and Sae and Junichi are finally both aware of their feelings toward each other.

- Junichi ‘accidentally’ knocking over his water looked really, really intentional. He even had his eyes fixed in the right place to both get Sae’s attention and watch her as she cleaned up. Sae for her part has definitely been using the coaching thing to get maximum together time out of Junichi. That cover is blown now, but it hardly matters since a proper relationship ought to be forming.

- Haruka continues to upstage or nearly upstage the other girls in their own arcs. Here it’s mentioned that she won the last two Miss Santa contests and she has her endearingly odd line of thinking when giving her interpretation of Sae’s words. And it was oh so very Haruka, telling Junichi to act like the submissive one.

DDDDAAAAAWWWWWW.

Wolfgang Mittermeyer is my favorite LoGH character too! But just to correct you Sae, despite his blond hair he’s typically known as the “Gale Wolf” not the “Gold Wolf.”

Ok, now that’s excessive, out-of-nowhere fanservice. What is this?! I don’t even-

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21 Comments

  1. theCorpsCommander
    Posted September 10, 2010 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    2-words to describe the episode: Tentacle rAEp! I love fanservice, harhar! Sae is a big fan of Super Sentai! http://bit.ly/cpF945 kyaaa~ XD

    Well, it’s a great 3rd episode of the Sae arc, indeed. We get to see the moe-moe-kyun side of Sae now, especially with that meido-fuku! ahhh~ how I wish this would be extended more, but a las, the final episode is next. I cannot comment or say anything bad with this arc but this is of course an epic win for me.

    and how can I not forget, Haruka arc is still best for me..! But, not until I see the Tsukasa arc w/c I know, will be much more BEST. :)

    • theCorpsCommander
      Posted September 10, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

      and oh, I almost forgot, no more Miya nishishi moments on this episode… http://bit.ly/cm8dRF :(

    • Posted September 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

      I’d agree, the Haruka arc is still my favorite so far, though I have high hopes for the three remaining ones. This episode I felt was a little slow, but it doesn’t detract from my overall enjoyment of the arc. The first two were great and it looks like this one did the work of setting up everything for next time. I’m expecting great things from the finale.

  2. Posted September 10, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

    The sandwich scene was super cute, although this has been a pretty bland arc so far. I’m also holding out hope for the contest, and I wonder who was supposed to challenge Haruka in the Miss Santa contest in Kaoru’s arc.

    • Posted September 11, 2010 at 11:52 am | Permalink

      Perhaps Miya? As we heard from out helpful narrator, it’s fall, while Miya made her Christmas party plans in winter. And given the chance to party with her friends girlfriend Sae, or going to some odd cosplay contest against the even more odd Haruka (who seems to have an even odder crush on her), I think we all know the right decision.

      Though it could have also been Kaoru, as that seems like something she would do/Umehara and Junichi would sign her up for, and how all of a sudden the contestant dropped out kinda makes it fit with the sudden date.

      All signs do point to one of the major girls, though besides the two above I don’t know who would have done it. Swim girl had work, fatty had her own thing going, the class rep has always been wrapped up in the whole festival, and was we see in this ep, Sae definitely wouldn’t do it (though Sae II did seem a lot more outgoing and comfortable with things – not that that means much).

    • Posted September 12, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Permalink

      Well anything’s going to feel bland compared to the all-out kinkiness of the Haruka arc, hehe (or should I say, nishishishi.) The Miss Santa contest will be interesting, and I too am curious who Haruka will be facing in the final round. But what I’m most curious about in that contest is how Rihoko in that reindeer outfit fits into things.

  3. SapphireFlame
    Posted September 10, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Permalink

    This episode completely changed my stance on this arc once and for all. I never expected Sae’s arc to play out so nicely; although it seemed like a more humor focused arc at first, I really like how Sae’s character has developed so much. She definitely isn’t the Sae we saw in both previous arcs now. I’m actually liking the series more and more with each arc, and I don’t mind the narrator at all now, of which I had mixed feelings about in the beginning. I’m hoping the series will continue to surprise me in this way as the arcs I’m looking forward to are coming up next :D

    • Posted September 12, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

      The comedy has allowed the character development to take place in the midst of it, which is a nice approach for a show/arc that wants to have both comedy and a bit of drama at the end. Personally I’m hoping that the ending has its romantic resolution but doesn’t go too serious, since the light comedy atmosphere of this arc is really what endeared it to me.

  4. Posted September 11, 2010 at 12:21 am | Permalink

    I thought this episode was absolutely adorable.

    • Posted September 12, 2010 at 2:09 pm | Permalink

      Very cute, though I felt a bit underwhelmed because it didn’t do as much comedic stuff as the last one. Not bad by any means, and it was valuable in that it set things up nicely for next week. Amagami never really wastes an episode, so even if one doesn’t appeal to everyone equally it always passes the baton to the next episode smoothly.

  5. AokiMasaru
    Posted September 11, 2010 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Its a nice episode but I was expecting something better. Sae doesn’t look like a sentai geek to me…its like the writers copied that scene from Bamboo Blade episode 20.

    • Posted September 11, 2010 at 11:54 am | Permalink

      In the last arc we see that all the featured first-year girls are geeks. When they weren’t talking about partying it up on Christmas Eve, they were talking about some cosplay or something they were going to do, and with the new context we have here, it sounded like it could have been sentai stuff.

      • AokiMasaru
        Posted September 11, 2010 at 12:36 pm | Permalink

        Yeah maybe. But the sentai scene felt like it was just created so we could see Sae wrapped in tentacles. They could’ve just used Junichi’s imagination for that stuff. Anyway when I saw the opening scene exactly like in episode 1, I thought Eclipse is pulling off a joke/fakeepisode like Dattebayo…

        Isn’t it weird that the writers are not giving Ai enough screen time? Or maybe they are just confident that the next arc will be fine because Ai is 1# in japanese popularity polls.

        Anyway what would you guys prefer? Amagami season 2: continuation of the current girls’ story or 6 new girls(Hibiki, Keiko, Rihoko’s 2 friends and Miya!!!)

        Continuation of Haruka’s story would be interesting IMO, they could tackle issues like long distance relationship(haruka is graduating), pressure of being the bf of the most popular student(people looking down on Junichi because he doesnt have any notable accomplishments), issues with haruka’s family(rich vs poor), etc. Although a Hibiki arc is somewhat intriguing.

        • Posted September 12, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

          The tentacle thing did seem contrived. Her interest in sentai not so much, but just that the sentai show villain would have tentacles and have some ridiculous powered armor costume with extending tentacles that are precise enough to grab someone, putting all current robotics technology to shame. Not that everything needs to make sense, but that just was way out there. Unless they’re hinting with all the wind turbines that this takes place in Gakuen City from Rail-dex, hehe.

          Apparently there’s already an Amagami sidestory being made into an anime, focusing on just one girl that isn’t featured at all in Amagami SS. As for a theoretical second season, I’d rather have continuations of the current stories since I’m always a fan of “what happened later?” sort of after story things. But yes, a Hibiki arc or sidestory would be great.

  6. Posted September 11, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Good episode, this. I tried to control myself and keep the screen-cappin’ to a minimum (so I could actually watch the show), but still ended up taking 20. So much fun stuff.

    Lots of talking. This I don’t mind.

    Man, Junichi III is pretty dense about matters of the heart. But he is a master perv. The thing with the cup? Yah, sure kid. Accident, I’m sure.

    And of course he wants to skip out on the Ferris Wheel of Love. Instead they go on The Fastest Merry-go-round in Japan. Where Sae shows what a proper lady she is and sits side-saddle.

    Actually, I like how subtle they are with Sae’s richness. You see it at times, but they never really bring it up. Like, riding up to school in a black sedan with all tinted windows…actually, she could be a yakuza girl too.

    Man, Doc Ock would be jealous of that guy’s tentacle suit. The show’s kept it pretty realistic up ’till now, and then they just blow it for some tentacle fanservice. But I do like how they played that scene out. Typical anime would have Junichi get all hot-blooded and rescue her himself, or get all worried or something, and realize his feelings there. But nope, they just had him stay Junichi.

    And no wonder Umehara can’t get any girls. If the first thing you say when your friend introduces you to a pretty girl is that you and him are porn mag buddes, you’ve got troubles.

    Just about the show in general, I like how subtle the writing is. It doesn’t spoon-feed you info about what happens; frankly, it doesn’t have time for that. Whether that’s a good or bad thing in the end, I don’t know. It asks you to infer a lot of things (especially last arc), which can mess up people, especially since most anime go to tell you totally obvious things (while often forgetting to mention important stuff), because I guess they think you won’t get it. Amagami is a nerd show, in that respect. Something to think about. But you don’t expect to think in a romantic-comedy, so maybe that’s a bad thing.

    • Posted September 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm | Permalink

      Knocking over the cup was so intentional, I’m surprised Kaoru or Miya didn’t call him on it.

      The squid villain suit was rather unrealistic, but I too enjoyed how Junichi didn’t get up like and charge the stage like most male anime leads would. Though I was half-expecting the Grasshopper Mask characters to jump into the audience and ‘deputize’ him as a junior GM member and have him rescue her.

      The subtlety of the writing (as far as introducing backstory indirectly) is so nicely done in this show, and it’s really necessary in this sort of format. Time is at such a premium with only four episodes per arc that it’s really made the writers be on their game with the indirect stuff. Whether it’s the small things about Sae you mentioned or the way the girls still build up their characters even when it’s not their arc, it all allows for lots of details to be introduced without forcing them down the viewers’ throats. And it saves time. Imagine how rich a regular 26 episode show could be if it was as efficient as Amagami.

  7. Lectro Volpi
    Posted September 12, 2010 at 10:47 am | Permalink

    That Sandvich….

    Junichi is pretty dense and everything is up to the shy girl Sae (and she is doing an amazing job, damn)

    Lots of cliches but still enjoyable… ah… where is my kiss?

    Thank for the review… quite poetic Mr. ExecutiveOtaku.

    • Posted September 12, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Permalink

      The sandwich moment seems to be most people’s favorite from this episode. Or should I say, DAT SANDWICH? :P

      Cliches were fairly frequent this episode, but it was fun. And there is the deviation from the cliche in not having Junichi run up to the stage to ‘rescue’ Sae during the sentai show.

      Thanks for reading, I’m glad you’re enjoying the format for this arc. *looks at calender* Hmmm, I only have one more episode left before I have to think of a new format for the Ai arc.

  8. Merq
    Posted September 12, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Permalink

    I LOVED Sae in this episode. She went from annoying to slightly less annoying to AWESOME in three episodes. I liked seeing her develop. I also really like assertive female characters. It was a great episode and it layed the groundwork for the next episode nicely.

    I also am loving the Haruka cameos. Her arc is still my favorite.

  9. angelito
    Posted September 13, 2010 at 10:05 am | Permalink

    the arc is good and entertaining and miya is a cutie.
    I love how makes the review of the arc :D
    gracias!

  10. Micchon
    Posted September 18, 2010 at 10:27 am | Permalink

    And so I finally get around to watching this part of Sae’s arc. Pervy and kind-of shy second year boy meets so-shy-one-cannot-even-touch-her-before-she-runs-away first year girl…just did not work, I think; even from the first episode. The creepy background storytelling from some seasoned male seiyuu made this arc even more facepalm-able.

    However Squid Monster-san was rather amusing, having one of his minions randomly take Sae and house her in some cylindrical container, where…well, one can gather the rest.

    So far both Kaoru and Haruka’s arcs have worked. Kaoru had kind of a genuine story beforehand, so getting together seemed kind of quickly. While Haruka teasing Junichi was just so much fun, however Junichi is so not a police detective. He’s more the salaryman in a cube sitting next to Dilbert.

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