Lots of Ogiue and Kuchiki this episode, as expected from last week’s preview. Ohno jumps headfirst into her chairmanship and attempts to convert Genshiken into her own cosplaying club, with mixed results. It’s all good though, because we got to see Ogiue cosplaying again, mmmmm.
It looks like Ogiue got her wish, because she received a letter in the mail saying that she was accepted for the upcoming Comic Fest. At the clubhouse, Ohno has set out cosplaying outfits for everyone to wear, she apparently is quite serious about turning Genshiken into the Cosplay Research Club with her newfound chairmanship. Ogiue asks her how she can go out wearing such embarrassing things, trying to subtly get some advice on how she should deal with her fujyoshi desires. Despite the words Ogiue receives from Ohno, she is still unsure of how to deal with her passion, which she finds distasteful. Ohno suggests that in order for her to get used to embarrassing situations she should cosplay, eventually convincing her to put on a tasty looking outfit. When Sasahara comes to the clubroom, she gets so embarrassed that she tries to run away, until she realizes that there a lot of people outside.
The second half of the episode deals with the freshman recruiting fair of sorts, where Ohno has set up a booth and some costumes to try and get people to join Genshiken. After Kuchiki acts like…well, Kuchiki, he is ordered to the clubroom where he seeks consolation from Kasukabe. At the same time Sasahara plays diplomat, trying to get Ogiue and Ohno to lighten up a bit and allow Kuchiki to come back to the booth. They eventually let Kuchiki back to man the booth table, and while reading some manga he notices a suspicious looking man by the costume rack, watching him as he takes one of the costumes and shoves it into a bag. He goes to confront him and he throws the costume at Kuchiki and walks away, right as Ohno walks up finds Kuchiki with the uniform. She starts accusing him and he panics, dropping his pants and putting on the costume, apparently not knowing how else to solve the situation. In the epilogue, the girls are a bit remorseful over the situation, realizing that Kuchiki was just trying to catch a thief, but also noting that they had no new recruits.
Ogiue cosplayed in a very sexy outfit, and all was good in the world. Well, before that she had a revealing conversation with Ohno about her problems. I said it a couple of episodes ago, but it bears repeating, Ohno is a good influence on Ogiue. She really understands perfectly why Ogiue is acting embarrassed and hateful toward her passions and why she is doing it. Even if she has some side ulterior motives to try and get Ogiue to cosplay, she really does want to help Ogiue out, as her advice is pretty good. Ohno also seems to have recovered from her depression last episode over Tanaka, she has found new motivation in promoting cosplay.
I have to admit Kuchiki was pretty hilarious this episode, and I usually don’t enjoy his antics. He doesn’t know how to deal with uncomfortable situations in a normal way, and instead does the most inappropriate thing possible. I actually know some people like this in real life, but none of them are quite as entertaining. If any of them dropped their pants to put on a maid outfit I would be both amazed and amused. He did make an effort to be nice though once Kasukabe convinced him (she is also quite the diplomat eh?), calmly trying to help out the booth and eventually standing up to the costume thief. I don’t blame him for his response when he was wrongly accused either, considering his tendencies.
It’s only been one episode since the graduation and I already miss Madarame, he was my favorite male character on the show, sigh. With the way the epilogue was last week I was hoping to see more of him the rest of the season. Oh well, there’s always next week.
P.S. While writing this post I had the OP and ED to Ninomiya-kun on repeat, which over the past two days is a common occurrence. I really can’t explain why these two songs are so addicting.