Hark! Children of the dating sim and followers of the adaptation,
to a story of the great trials and songworthy deeds.
To the legend of Sae the Meek and Junichi, third of his line,
so that you may remember their saga and heed the wisdom of their lessons.
Sing, o goddess, of the sorrow of Junichi the Third,
whose forebearers brought countless kink among the Haruka arc,
and endless leering to the zettai ryouiki of Kaoru,
stood up on a winter’s night and one year hence still bears the mark of his house.
And who in the receding heat of the death of summer set upon a new journey,
ordained by the Fates and delivered unto him by the voice of Nakata Jouji,
heavenly sire of his love to be.
And sing for history to hear of Sae the Meek,
endowed by her godly father with the Glamorous Body and moe moe kyun ED sequence,
appearing in song to all the world as a vision of Ranka.
From distant lands she traveled to the domain of windmills,
from her home among a respected house of many riches.
Befriending Miya the Nishishi, sister of Junichi III,
her one weakness being her timid voice and bearing.
Upon this fated autumn day Junichi III,
always of manly virtue in the service of his comrades,
journeyed boldly and well, spurred on by heavenly Nakata Jouji,
to enter the fray and claim the prize of lunch.
Through the stairwell lair of Haruka,
past the unmoving cafeteria lines he ventured, securing but meager supplies.
But hark! Destiny would guide him to Sae the Meek,
his most unmanly coin-purse by the hands of the gods to her,
so that she may meet her future husbando before Miya the Nishishi.
And with a shipper’s heart beating in her breast
the Nishishi began to execute the Fates’ designs,
sending the couple together to the Land of Crab Gratin,
where the fair and sex-haired Kaoru once more did the work of the gods.
With these words thus did the training begin,
Junichi III and Miya the Nishishi hammering her fortitude like Hephaestus at his forge,
attempting to instill in her the voice of mighty Zeus,
with silly roleplay and lecherous belly touch.
But the Fates are not without their mischievous impulses,
and Sae, in her womanly trepidation,
poured the coffee, hot as the waters of the dread River Styx, betwixt the thighs of lamentable Junichi.
And as Apollo drew his chariot to the Western horizon all was not well,
for the Nishishi saw the will of the gods draw the two together,
and harbored unnatural desires toward her kin.
This desire in her and base jealousy would grow,
as the trio set off to deliver virtuous Sae to her palace,
and engaged in the traditional combat that pits rock against scissors and paper versus all.
The Nishishi emerged victorious but it was the Onii-san who was the true victor,
his joy at bearing the glamorous body of Sae upon his shoulders,
a most joyous and pleasurable burden upon him.
And at this moment, the true jealousy of Miya the Nishishi awoke.
Commentary from Codicer ExecutiveOtaku, Imperial Librarium
- As you’ve probably noticed, this post format is the third in my continuing experiment with using a different style for each arc. Hope it’s entertaining and not kind of awkward, heh.
- I loved, loved the Nakata Jouji narration in this episode. May it continue on for the rest of the arc! The show seems to be taking a more comedic, self-aware direction for this arc, and thank god because I’m not sure how else I’d be able to bear Sae’s ridiculously shy and meek behavior. Though in her favor, her voice wasn’t nearly as annoying as I expected it to be.
- Unfortunately that new element has been accompanied by what appears to be some occasional budget cuts in animation, generally in the scenes where the characters are farther away from the ‘camera.’ For example, the scene where Junichi and Rihoko exit the stairwell onto the main floor of the school. But honestly it wasn’t too distracting, I just hope they don’t do it too often.
- The ED sequence was DDDDDDDAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWW from start to finish. Really, really cute. The music was well suited to it (though the VA’s singing voice was a little weak compared to the volume of the rest) and the animation was reminiscent of the Ranka version OP from Macross Frontier at times. Definitely my favorite so far, and it does make me like Sae a bit more than I expected. Probably because it shows her seemingly more outgoing and active, which is hopefully a good sign of how she will develop as a character during this arc.
- Junichi III is, um, looking rather feminine in that summer uniform and with that pink coin purse. But he hasn’t really annoyed me yet since he seems to have redoubled his efforts at being a bro to Umehara in place of pursuing romance, and also seems to be able to have fun with Miya instead of emo-ing out like Junichi mark I did. Though the training with the coffee, in a bedroom alone, either speaks to his naiveté or a hidden Junichi mark I skill for controlling the situation.
THE CUTE! IT’S TOO MUCH!