REACTION – We continue where we left off from the previous episode as Megumi unveils her strategy on how to win Sagiri’s friendship. She goes for “if you can’t beat em’, be them” strategy and asks Masamune and Tomoe for light novel recommendations.
REACTION – This anime series has probably taken a blunt move and that is acknowledging Sagiri’s romantic love for her older brother, Masamune. After reading the “300-page love letter” of a manuscript, Izumi and Sagiri somewhat confess their feelings for each other? But not at the same wavelengths.
Masamune says that he loves her sister, but only as an older brother. Whilst Sagiri hints that she likes someone which is the anime way of saying “I like you but I don’t want to admit liking you so you’ll have to live in agony not knowing what I truly feel” kind of statement.
This is very evident when the episode starts off with Izumi making breakfast and wants to go inside Sagiri’s room to talk about “something important.” As per her response, Sagiri quickly changes to somewhat more revealing clothes from her usual pajamas. Hinting that she may want her older brother to make advances with her.
I applaud this anime series for getting right down on the imminent incest premise to be shown in the story. In fact, it fills the anime series with some sort of tension, disbelief and entertainment for most viewers.
But then again, Masamune is the usual dense main male character who can’t take a single hint from any woman making romantic advances towards him.
Another great part of this episode is the meeting between Sagiri, as Eromanga-sensei, and Elf Yamada. I like how Sagiri just acts as if she’s this leech of an old man behavior towards Yamada, just to get her somewhat disgusted and disinterested, therefore making her leave their household.
What happens is that Elf Yamada doesn’t take the bait and proceeds to interact with Eromanga-sensei, to the point of actually showing her panties to Eromanga-sensei just because she wanted an illustration. Of course, Masamune saw that and was left confused.
It was kind of annoying but relieving that Masamune is just that good of an older brother character and tries to do whatever is good for her little sister. He sees the meeting of Sagiri and Elf Yamada as a sort of new friendship. Much to Megumi’s displeasure, since she wanted to be Sagiri’s first friend.
Later near the end of the episode, Masamune is told by Sagiri that she’s stuck to drawing loli-characters and needs more “inspiration” – meaning Masamune must invite more girls to the household (wait this is all too familiar).
Masamune is called by Megumi and they meet up in the local bookstore where Masamune first meets Tomoe. He, then, opens up with a proposition to be some sort of “reference model” for Eromanga-sensei by “showing your panties to Eromanga-sensei.”
Comedic and flustered grill ensues.
Megumi comes out and devises a plan to befriend Sagiri – to buy “creepy otaku books” and share with Sagiri.
Oh, dear lord, where will this take us?
The episode, overall, was a mixture of tension, humor and disbelief. Mainly because the two main characters, Sagiri and Masamune, are operating at different wavelengths when it comes to each other’s perception of love for the other.
It was humorous because of the meeting between Eromanga-sensei and Elf Yamada. Tension was felt because of Megumi’s plan.
I love where the anime series is taking its story but at the same time, I worry for the character and relationship development of Sagiri and Masamune. Is it going to end up like Oreimo where they end up getting married and act as if nothing happened a few days after? Will it become a harem? Probably. Will I get triggered later down the road if Masamune gets a girlfriend but dumps her for his sister? Yes, I might.
In short: help me, I’m weaboo trash.