Amagami SS+ episode 03 – Redeem Yourself, AIC

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.

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27 Comments

  1. Kherubim
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Permalink

    Yes, hope karma’s a bitch and Nanpa-dude ends up forever alone on the final Founder’s Day night, while the BROS for Junichi Mk. V and Rihoko hook up instead of Umehara settling for a giant stuffed tuna.

    Also puberty struck Rihoko early, a fact which shota-Junichi Mk. V noticed and probably remembered in the more recent measurement scene.

    • Crusader
      Posted January 21, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Permalink

      I hope that Nanpa-dude gets permanently damaged when they cast him into the bonfire so that perhaps the fires of retribution will leave a lesson he will never forget.

      • Kherubim
        Posted January 21, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

        After getting his balls cut off by Queen Tsukasa for “se-ku-ha-ra”-ing any girls on that night…

        • Posted January 22, 2012 at 10:07 am | Permalink

          It can be a whole sacrifice ceremony. Tsukasa can go KHA LI MAAAA! and then kick his body into the bonfire!

  2. Wingman32x
    Posted January 21, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    This episode was good for what it was. The flashback was good and I like what they’re doing in terms of the story.

    Having said that, I’m not a fan of Rihoko. She has her moments, don’t get me wrong, but there’s something about her that I don’t like. It’s a personal preference thing, mainly. So either way I don’t think I’ll care too much either way in terms of how this arc goes. I hope for Rihoko fans that she gets the ending she deserves, though. I’m just not that into her.

    Also, Junichi’s shots at Rihoko were both awkward and uncalled for. Junichi, unfortunately, is known for having stupid crap come out of his mouth. The guy at the end was creepy.

    • Crusader
      Posted January 21, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

      So long as Rihoko gets the BEST END she so richly deserves I will be happy, I just want to see that creep pay for his insolence though.

      • Wingman32x
        Posted January 22, 2012 at 11:27 am | Permalink

        I hope so, too. Coming on strong is a massive understatement for what he did. That was just creepy. He didn’t seem to know Rihoko existed until he saw her body. I hate those types. Weather or not he pays depends on Rihoko or maybe Miya. The latter would be hilarious lol. Seriously, though, I doubt Junichi is going to do anything. Hope I’m wrong, though.

    • Posted January 22, 2012 at 10:08 am | Permalink

      Understandable, we all have our favorites. On that note, I’m hoping that the Ai afterstory is much better than the original arc was.

      • Wingman32x
        Posted January 22, 2012 at 11:35 am | Permalink

        I do, too. More of Ai being adorable and less talking ramen would be a great start lol.

        Next week’s episode could be a big one for Rihoko fans. I hope it goes right. Thoughts on the character aside, It’ll be awesome to see the childhood friend win for a change. It hardly ever happens in the manga world.

  3. Posted January 21, 2012 at 9:25 pm | Permalink

    Rihoko still enjoys the support of Kanae, Rukko, and Manaka

    Methinks the critical missing ingredient is Miya’s support.

    • Crusader
      Posted January 21, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

      Miya Miya will come along she still has time to give her blessing, though I must admit Junichi is not always worthy of it.

      • Kherubim
        Posted January 21, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Permalink

        Miya would definitely support Rihocchi’s efforts, after all she’s her childhood friend too…

        • Posted January 22, 2012 at 10:10 am | Permalink

          Agreed. This could be the critical factor that will cement Rihoko’s victory. Junichi gets a girlfriend and future wife, Miya gets a personal cook while her parents are out of town and a future sister-in-law that will spoil her.

  4. Posted January 22, 2012 at 4:18 am | Permalink

    >Manaka
    >> hottest girl in the Tea Club

    Also the schadenfreude is amazing. From friendzoned in season 1 to sexually harassed. I can only imagine the fanboy rage if this goes anywhere near NTR territory (゚∀゚)

    • Posted January 22, 2012 at 10:11 am | Permalink

      Hahaha, that certainly would be something, though I’d think that if they really wanted to troll people they’d do something like that with either Tsukasa or Ai since they seem to have the biggest fanbases.

      • Wingman32x
        Posted January 22, 2012 at 11:47 am | Permalink

        If they did it to Ai, DVD/BD sales would tank. It would be interesting to see the fallout, though…even though I would probably be a part of said fallout lol.

  5. Posted January 22, 2012 at 5:41 am | Permalink

    Personally I thought this episode was incredibly cute and I can probably speak for every fan of this series when I say that I am really glad that there is a development in Rihoko and Juinchi’s relationship and I hope she eventually gets her feelings across to him and he accept them. Woo!!

    • Posted January 22, 2012 at 10:12 am | Permalink

      Minor points aside, I agree with you wholeheartedly about the episode. I’m looking forward to Rihoko finally getting the end she deserved. I watched her GOOD END on Youtube back when the first adaptation aired, and it’s really cute, I hope it will translate well into the anime version.

  6. Merq
    Posted January 22, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Permalink

    I was really upset with the handling of the Rihoko arc before. They better get it right this time.

    Fried chicken, though? Really?

    • Crusader
      Posted January 22, 2012 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

      Yes they go hand in hand and everyone should give it a try. Also I hate half measures.

  7. Kherubim
    Posted January 22, 2012 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Looking at the screencaps again, I just noticed that Maya-sensei teaches History (a plus for EO I guess… nishishishi) and her summer class covered a topic rarely taught extensively in Japanese high schools. Also for this purpose, they seem to have combined both 3-A and 3-B classes together (there’s a partition folding door/wall between the two classrooms… Did anyone see Stalker-chan skulking around since she should be in 3-B?

    • Crusader
      Posted January 23, 2012 at 11:44 am | Permalink

      Clearly it is a shame that Maya-sensei is still on the market, but we will all love her even if she can’t have in-universe matrimony.

    • Posted January 23, 2012 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

      Wasn’t sure if that was her regular subject since it’s summer classes, but HHHNNNNGGG!

  8. Posted January 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    I’ve seen enough hentai to know where that eel is going.

    Maybe it’s just me but I think that AIC plans to keep Rihoko in the friend-zone because it just seems so cute that way having a one-sided crush. Of course, we’ll find out in a few days with a new eipsode…

    • Posted January 23, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

      It’s only cute in a show where not every girl gets a good ending. I’ll feel really cheated if AIC doesn’t correct their mistake from last time.

      (But rage can be fun too, hehe.)

      • Posted January 25, 2012 at 11:20 am | Permalink

        Imagine the length of the posts we can write if Rihoko gets friendzoned again.

        And imagine the original content these posts will have…

        but then again, it beats having to say “YES, SHE GOT HIM.”

  9. Ressy
    Posted January 27, 2012 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    The bit with the club senpais getting her to cook all that *cough* stamina enhancing food *cough* was really amusing to watch.
    Well let’s just say that if it works the way they think, Rapist-kun isn’t going to be the only one assaulting her…
    (Btw that is definitely the worst confession I have seen, and I hope they crush his character)

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