And now for near a moon has passed,
with ceaseless training and practiced oratory before vending machines.
And soon the day of the fated interview to join the ranks of House Crab Gratin would be upon them.
Seeing the dire need of his charge, Junichi III drew upon all his powers,
revealing himself to be a powerful wielder of magicks,
and summoning to her side five great heroes and the Nishishi.
Sae the Meek now faced her first trial,
to journey to the cafeteria,
that realm of pan and set course menus that flow from the hands of divine lunchmaidens,
the prepackaged fruits of education taxes delivered unto students unwise enough not to bring their own bento.
But Sae trembled at the lunchmaidens’ power and Junichi knew he must act.
He called upon the very veil of Zeus,
that sight altering gossamer cloak that changes the sight of mortals,
and which allowed the king of the gods to abduct fair Europa.
Descending upon the heads of the lunchmaidens,
it emboldened the heart of Sae the Meek.
And to further aid her throughout that day of trials he summed the Five Heroes.
Rihoko of the Dojikko to ease her mind with causal words,
Kaoru the Sexhair to be her emissary to House Crab Gratin,
Haruka, most sly and daughter of Aphrodite herself to distract the Nishishi,
Queen Tsukasa to carry the burden of beakers and thus leave the lab empty for the task,
and mysterious Ai whose words of encouragement were like a heavenly song.
One more test awaited Sae under the virtuous leadership of Junichi III that day,
that she must have the speed of Hermes when running late for her duties,
and thus with maximum fanservice he bade her change into the garb of athletes as they perform before Olympus,
and once more into a form most pleasing to Poseidon.
And the gods were pleased!
And to their favored OTP Zeus extended his hand,
tipping Sae forward onto Junichi so that he experienced the touch of her womanly breast.
And but for the Nishishi, there was much rejoicing.
Thus did that day end and another began,
with a journey to the Springs of Koedo,
realm of the myriad Doctor Fish and their fierce eyed guardian beast.
In the pools of the ravenous fish Sae, Junichi, and the Nishishi did sit,
and the final test administered.
They nibbled away at her feet in the manner of the Sexhair on Junichi II’s ears,
and her voice made a sound most pleasing to Junichi and the Nishishi.
But through it she maintained some composure,
passing the test before the fearsome guardian spirit overcame Junichi,
and sent all three to House Tachibana to play the game of the Fates.
Her training complete, Sae’s epithet was now removed,
and most unmeekly made her first declaration of affections,
to claim the heart of her beloved.
Commentary from Codicer ExecutiveOtaku, Imperial Librarium
- Everything went better than expected! Seeing Sae early on during the other arcs, I was really dreading how this one would turn out. But good job Amagami on really doing something different and combining it with making Sae a much more likable character than I ever would have imagined. The three week time skip worked perfectly, allowing Sae to become more outgoing, and hence less annoying, while still keeping it from seeming like it was out of nowhere. By the end of it she’s become almost as forward as Kaoru during her serious moments.
- While I doubt this will top the Haruka arc (but I’d love to be proved wrong again!), I think it’s pretty safe to say that barring a total fiasco ending this arc has already outdone the entirety of the writing in the Kaoru arc. Sure, they have different tones since this one is not as dramatic and serious, but even if you filter out the different sorts of style each has the Sae arc is already delivering better character development. And it’s keeping its fanservicy moments wacky and in-line with the tone of the arc. No ‘just for the hell of it’ bellybutton kiss this time with no buildup or context.
- Miya is proving to be quite a fun character to have around so much. Another element of this arc that’s making things quite entertaining.
Oh Sae, pretending to be so coy. Indeed you have come far!
><strike>My</strike> Miya’s face when she walks in on her brother and Sae.
Again I invoke the Fifth.