This is your second chance, AIC, don’t screw it up.
Now we’re on to the second afterstory arc, Rihoko’s, and here we should, no!, we must get the proper ending the arc and Rihoko deserved the first time around! While the Rihoko arc was still fun and cute and enjoyable, it lacked the GOOD END that all the other arcs, even less well written arcs, got. So now is the chance for things to end as they should. But before they can end, they begin, with Rihoko and Junichi the only current member of the Tea Ceremony Club. Rihoko still enjoys the support of Kanae, Rukko, and Manaka, but it’s going to take that and more to break through both Rihoko-arc Junichi’s cluelessness and the confusion caused by a possible rival.
DDDDAAAAWWWW, it’s so good to see Rihoko again!
Ah, the bulletin board, sadly missing the key date photos it should have gotten last time. But it is a testament to the endurance and ‘long game’ mindset that the osananajimi must exhibit in order to claim her childhood friend.
Wait, what is this! Is..is that Takahashi-sensei in shorter summer clothes?!
Noooooo! That’s not nearly enough Maya for today!
Kanae: still a bro.
Summer classes begin and a couple of the boys are talking about trying to desperately find dates this summer, one in particular seeming especially delusional about his chances. Junichi lounges around the Tea Club recovering from the only date he’s had so far in the Rihoko arc, with Rihoko reminiscing with him about the old days. This part was rather annoying though. Despite the cute childhood friends flashback scene, it regresses to making fun of her weight as in some of the original adaptation’s scenes. Really guys? For one she’s really not fat (I know, standards for weight in East Asia tend to consider fat any girl who isn’t a stick figure, but come on.) And secondly, how does Junichi think it’s a great idea to tease her about it so much? An offhand comment once might be fine, they have known each other for a long time, but even if he’s clueless about the romance angle you’d think he’d at least lay off because they’re such good friends. Then again, Junichi wasn’t always the brightest bulb in the box, and in SS+ he seems to have gotten a bit dimmer judging by how he acted last arc. But let’s move on and focus on the positive. After the unfortunate choice of jokes, things do look up when Rihoko gets concerned for Junichi’s eating habits now that his parents have had to leave to visit relatives, and Junichi begs her to come over and cook something. Miya’s diet of watermelon and cold soba doesn’t seem to be doing it for the Tachibana siblings.
You apparently lose your sense of propriety too.
The whole measurements competition is a little weird, but it serves as good osananajimi tactics. It reinforces the shared past together and sense of comfort, while being a chance to lure Junichi in.
Home access gained, with a chance to show off your cooking. Mission accomplished.
Later that day, Rihoko begins equipping herself for the assault on Fort Tachibana. She’s chosen wisely for looking good, if not for cooking, going with a white dress. Everything goes well, and she gets some logistical support from Rukka and Manaka when she passes them at a seafood store. They’re apparently majoring in aquaculture at university, which is…just as unusual of a major as I should have expected of them. They’re working to explore the retail end of the sea-to-table chain (I suppose?) and catch up a bit with Rihoko when she spots them. They’re still in the shipping business, I was happy to see, and after messing around with Rihoko by giving her a live eel they send her off with some prepared eel to make for dinner. Much like the choux creme ruse, this time they tell Rihoko that it helps heat exhaustion when it in fact supposedly increases male virility. If Junichi can’t get the hint otherwise, maybe some chemical stimulation will be required. Junichi is out shopping too, which brings us to the final complication. He starts following her to try and catch up when the horndog guy from class corners Rihoko and starts hitting on her, without realizing who she is at first. But undetered and in a really creepy, rape-tastic manner, he corners her against a fence with his arms and asks her out. She turns him down by admitting who she has her eye on, but an inconvenient train passes by and drowns out the noise so Junichi can’t hear it from where he’s standing, just about to round a corner to catch up with her.
Dressed for success. Also, HHHNNNNGGGGG.
That wasn’t the department I’d expect them both to enter, heh. (TL note: seafood sciences is not really the best translation. She said 水産学部 which would be better translated as ‘Aquaculture’ or ‘Fisheries Science’ Department.)
Rihoko imagines them as an odd fit for the Tennis Club, but Manaka is looking good in that outfit.
Miya has the brains for campaign management, but not so much when it comes to stocking the fridge.
The power of
Christ eel compels you!
Rihoko looking great, unfortunately it’s attracted the attention of a low life.
GTFO with your rapist moves, douchebag. Though perhaps he will serve a purpose if Junichi grows a spine and emerges from around to corner to SMITE HIM LIKE THE SCUM HE IS!
Final Thoughts: - Lame jabs from Junichi about Rihoko’s weight aside, the flashback scene was quite cute early in the episode. It was kind of an odd competition they had, but it does reinforce how they’ve been close for such a long time. It kind of makes me wonder why she wasn’t around outside of her arc as much in the first adaptation. Kaoru was around a lot as another close friend, but not so much Rihoko.
- Continuing on the line of thought from earlier in the post, is it just me or does Junichi seem a bit thick(er) this time around? He doesn’t seem to pick up on things like when he’d have his moments in the first adaptation, and reacts a lot more with the startled/nervous bit when something surprises him or he’s threatened (by Tsukasa last arc.) He was never the most perceptive male lead, but it seems like he’s a bit more now.
- On rapist-kun: seriously dude, what the fuck? That’s how you’re going to try and pick up girls? You’re lucky Rihoko doesn’t carry a pepper spray keychain.
- I look forward to Rihoko getting the GOOD END she deserved last time. If this does not happen then AIC Studios will be burnt to ash, its men put to the sword, its women and children sold into slavery, and the earth itself seeded with salt so that no life may grow from it again!
Crusader’s DEFCON 1 (WAR IMMINENT)
Junichi has gotten significantly slower since last time we saw him commit the crime of the decade. So what if Cosmo says Rihocchi’s fat? Well I ain’t down with that. Because when a girl walks in with nothing on her frame and tries to stick it to your face, you go NOOOOOOO. Anyways we all should have known that he lost more brain cells when he started getting heat stroke from jerking off late into the night. Also he needs to add fried chicken to his watermelon diet. Still we shall see what will result after the Manaka and Rukko theory regarding the properties of eel meat gets tested.
Poor Rihoko seems to be getting nowhere despite having the Tea Club all to themselves. I am glad Kanae is willing to intervene to spark something but better for Rihoko to assert herself than force the issue on an exceptionally thick Junichi. I was wondering why Lonely-kun was bragging about getting not one, not two, but three plus girlfriends this summer. I guess he wasn’t paying attention to how the dimly the Sports Gods view braggarts who talk of championships not won. You see the Sports Gods often have extra duties in the realm of love and passion and even then they do not favor the arrogant who worship themselves. We all saw how the Miami Heat threw themselves a championship party when they broke out the smoke machine and incurred the wrath of the Sports Gods with their not one championship when they lost out to the Euro player on their home floor in front of their bandwagon of South Beach fakers.
I predict that Lonely-kun (aka Rapist-kun) will have zero girlfriends by the end of summer, thus fulfilling his boast of not one, and not two with a grand total of not any. It was disappointing to see that Rihoko would wander off with Rapist-kun, but I guess having been largely ignored (for reasons I cannot fathom other than her male classmates just being plain dumb) by the boys one cannot fault her much if at all for being far too trusting. Rapist-kun probably had the worst confession line I have ever heard; he freely admits to totally ignoring her until today and then draws the conclusion that because he now understands that Rihoko has feminine wiles that passion equates to love. Rape is never a crime of passion it is a crime of power as such I hope Rihoko gets mad and that one of those sauce bottles is made of glass. She needs to bring said bottle with enough force to cause a concussion (or as I call it knocking some sense into) and then after the bottle breaks go for Rapist-kun’s eyes.
I say this not only because I like to see a good ass whupping from time to time but also because Rapist-kun needs a lesson in love and what better lesson is there than that love is blind? If that does not occur well Junichi better man up and defend his club president. If Junichi wants to make up for atrocious behavior up until now he better not let Rapist-kun off easy. At the very minimum he must curb stomp and then dump Rapist-kun into the river with reverse dunk over that fence and if Rapist-kun loses his pants when going over the wire then so much the better. Also this should put Junichi on notice that should Rapist-kun live to tell the tale then Rihoko might garner more attention in the future, sure there will be the low life suckers, but for every 3000 of those there will be a worthy contender. Thus Junichi better make his move for should he fail once again not only will it seal crime of the century but he will be mercilessly shipped with Rapist-kun, while all trace and all memory of AIC will will be cleansed with the nuclear fires of retribution.