My fellow Anime-ians, our long Amagami nightmare is over. Our arc makes sense again; our great Amagami is a show of light romance and comedy and not of incoherent plot. Here the fun and coherency rules. And there is a higher purpose for this show, whatever we may imagine it as, that ordains not only dating sim adaptation but decent story, not only kink but DDDAAAAWWWW. As we bind up the internal wounds of the Ai Arc, more painful and more WTF than those of manga spoilers, let us rejoice in the restoration of enjoyment and decent writing, and let the lovely Rihoko purge our hearts of suspicion and hate.
In the spirit of our delightfully chubby heroine’s arc (chubby =/= fat) and her skill at cooking and consuming food, the episode summary portion will now be in the form of a recipe, followed by selected commentary.
Recipe: Episode 17 – Memories
- One childhood friend character.
- One Junichi (make sure to choose one low in stupid content.)
- 3 pre-packaged pan and 3 homemade cupcakes.
- 6-10 pictures of childhood memories.
- 2 flashbacks.
- 1 Kanae.
- A dash of nishishi.
Take your childhood friend character and pin the childhood pictures to the wall in her bedroom to instantly establish the childhood connection. Insert flashback scene at the start and middle of the episode for further depth, making sure to make use of first person narration at the start. Over the course of several years give the pan and cupcakes to the childhood friend until just chubby enough for her to consider a diet but not so much that she stops being adorable. Add Kanae-chan and set the timer to ‘present day’ (present time AHAHAHAHA!.) Add your Junichi at this time, having now been marinated by the years of memories, just as the Rihoko is stuck under the school fence. After the Junichi helps free Rihoko she should be good and ready to start indirectly conveying her attraction to Junichi to Kanae. At this point you should add your second flashback, making sure the childhood friend relationship is firmly in place. Add nishishi to taste. If you picked a good Junichi, by this point he’ll be secretly helping Rihoko with the fence and acting generally caring. Stew for four episodes and serve with adequate denouement (Haruka-arc style ‘afterstory’ is best, but if you’re in a hurry then a definitive Kaoru ending should be acceptable.)
Taste Test and Review
My Childhood Friend Can’t Be This Adorable!
While I find the childhood friend archetype pretty unrealistic, at the same time I can’t help but generally find such characters to be really sweet and adorable. And thus far Rihoko looks to be a fun variation on the character type in a few different ways. For one, she doesn’t have the usual flawless bishoujo looks, even if she’s far from fat. If anything it just makes her look cuter, as well as differentiating her somewhat. She’s also the childhood friend in the rare position of actually having a shot at the male lead thanks to the arc format. It seems like in the majority of shows I’ve seen that the childhood connection is the mark of death for a girl’s romantic prospects.
Such is the pitiable fate that most childhood friends are consigned to…
But unlike Kannagi’s Tsugumi, who even spoke out loud that “I guess I’m just the childhood friend”, Rihoko in her arc has an immediate connection to Junichi’s Christmas night incident by being there to help him out beforehand. While it’s kind of sad to see her asked out to pick out a gift for someone else, it’s a nice start to an arc that seems to have her as the pursuer instead of Junichi. Having Junichi helping her out in secret by widening the hole in the fence was a nice reversal too, keeping his kindness for her in the background while she works as the more active one. May Artemis guide her in her hunt, so that she may claim the hand of Junichi for childhood friend characters everywhere!
Afterschool Tea Time
I hope Takahashi-sensei is a disciple of Sawa-chan-sensei and dresses them up…
The propensity of the tea club to sit around drinking tea and eating pastries instead of practicing their trade is not the only small K-ON similarity one can see. While Rihoko is a bit airheaded about announcing her plans to diet, afterwards her senpai get to the discussion of what will become of the club after they graduate. With only Rihoko left, they’re faced with the same problems pondered by their light music counterparts. The other is Rihoko’s K-ON style teeth, which just make her extra moe moe cute. Definitely channeling some Yui and Ritsu at times.
The Skinship of Umehara Masayoshi
“Ayatsuji’s going to find our porn! Hold me Junichiiii!”
Miya Confirmed for BMW
The wisdom of Keima: Blood (relation), Memories, and WOONICHAN MOE.
During the second flashback where Rihoko and Junichi remembered differently their times at the local playground we have the proof showing that Miya meets Keima’s high standards for an imouto character. The World God Only Knows put forth this standard, and here it is with Miya: Blood relation is a given. And now there’s visual proof of memories from growing up together, and the oniichan moe goes without saying. Miya: The Ultimate Imouto Machine.
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