After dusk settled on Sae and Junichi III’s day of frolicking in the land of Cosmos,
making the lovers return to their homes, Junichi felt unsteady
and sought the guidance of the stars.
For much lay ahead of him, and Sae, as the day of festivities drew near.
As Junichi attempted to consult the heavens in his closet recreation of the celestial sphere
Sae began to work in the ways of mankind. Relying on her self,
mind sharp as the edge of Achilles’s blade, she searched.
From the Nishishi and Ai she learned of the legendary Lover’s Parfait.
A massive dish of ice cream and ambrosia fit for Aphrodite herself
and blessed by the Fates to tie the destinies of those couples who shared it.
She knew it to be massive, but through fained hesitation she ensnared her lover into sharing it.
Many would vie for the favor of the gods during the winter festival,
maidens resplendent in colorful garb
and the manly virtue of Poseidon’s favored sushi chef embodied by noble Umehara.
And before they strode elegantly onto the stage,
the Nishishi was there to guide them in their endeavor.
But even next to Junichi and Sae none shown more brightly
than Hibiki and Haruka.
O muse! Grant me such worlds as may describe their radiance!
To but convey a small amount of their splendor on these pages.
For their beauty was beyond that which the gods would grant to man,
a yuri vision of unconquerable Ares and breathtaking Aphrodite.
And when the judging came, all were in agreement
even as they acknowledged the grace of Sae and Junichi,
granting them a cinema pass to an exclusive chamber.
for she had successfully convinced all that the wedding outfit,
supposedly of her mother, was in fact her own romantic snare.
At the theater she removed her winter cloak to reveal
such an outfit as to rival the goth-loli frills of Sugintou,
causing Junichi much apprehension at the beautiful sight.
In a moment of hesitation he headed to wash his hands,
but destiny would not allow him to delay in such an unmanly fashion.
Just then, a visitor from a distant land approached
and spoke rather decent words from the realm of Brutus
encouraging young Junichi to, as the sage TK often opined, “get chance and luck.”
Now resolute, Junichi decided that he must act
and with vigor he came close to saying those magic words.
But with a gigitty-gigitty the couch upon which they sat reclined,
bringing the lovers face to face with overwhelming feelings bringing them to warm embrace.
And then the words were spoken, under the flicker of the unwatched film,
and their first kiss was shared.
They would spend the snowy eve together before the tree of Saturnalian festival,
and from then on their love grew and grew.
With moments of romance and of silly cosplay their saga concluded,
happily together with the Nishishi.
Commentary from Codicer ExecutiveOtaku, Imperial Librarium
- From my lowest expectations for any arc to one that far surpassed the anticipate Kaoru arc, the Sae arc surprised me with its good pacing, funny new approach to the story, and genuine romantic moments. While I liked Kaoru more as a character, Sae proved to be much more than she seemed to be from her moments in the previous arcs and her story ended up being told more effectively. Similar to the Haruka arc, which still remains my favorite, the pacing and character development was well thought out, leaving barely any wasted time. Part III wasn’t quite as eventful, but at least it was purposeful and went somewhere.
- Including Miya much more in this arc also added a lot of fun to it. Both as a character to make snide comments from the side and as the focus of a few moments herself, it was great to have more of the Nishishi this time around.
- Haruka X Hibiki: OTP ACCOMPLISHED! As Kabitzin has been saying since the Kaoru arc, Haruka just steals any scene she’s in. It doesn’t matter whose arc it is or what’s going on, Haruka owns this show. And her arc is still the standard by which other arcs will be judged in my view. Here’s to you Haruka! And as for the later arcs, may they surpass even that great story.
She really likes the wedding fantasy thing. Reminded me of Minmay in that moment, though thankfully for Sae, that’s where the resemblance ended.
Wait, wait! Wedding fantasy (that the girl instigates.) Giant tuna. MACROSS!!!! Either that’s a huge coincidence or the most indirect reference I’ve ever seen.
Best narrator since Kuroko-narrator!
Miya, you make every scene better. Shall we dance?