Finally, Episode 3 is here and the start is as hard-hitting as the previous two. Maria turns up at Kodaka’s doorstep, jumps onto him and declares she’s running away from home. Before you can say “What…?”, the Opening jumps up and-“BE MY FRIEND! Shiranai furi shidatte!”
This time around, we get to see Kobato!
And not just that, it’s Kobato vs Marina in an Imouto-off.
At last, fans get some of the Kobato screen time that they hoped to get in Season 1. I know I’m happy to see it.
Whether it’s because I like the dialogue between Maria and Kobato or the lush quality of animation, I enjoyed watching the first 12 minutes immensely.
Unfortunately, it felt kind of like a one-off type of thing. The event could be referenced in the future, but I don’t think we’ll be seeing more of that kind of scenes in the season.
The second part is back to the Neighbours Club and they actually play a King Game with blind orders. From the preview at the end of the previous episode, I immediately saw that the King Game would end up with Kodaka and Sena in the kiss situation. Watching the club play the game in the usual fashion (Sena gets bullied by Yozora and everybody gets harassed by Rika) is still really fun.
It also doesn’t hurt that Rika is without glasses again in this episode.
This episode had a few low points for me. Some jokes during the King Game montage were a little corny and in some scenes, I had no idea what was going on. For all the quality poured into the series so far, it’s a little disheartening to watch.
Yozora stopping Sena was expected and her reaction was interesting to watch. However, even though we know its because they all like Kodaka, the way everyone accepted avoiding the kiss was really cliche, e. So was the parting dialogue between him and his father. Like the bland crust you have to eat from a great slice of pizza, it doesn’t ruin the experience in the slightest, but you just wish it didn’t exist so you could say it was fantastic through and through.
One great thing though, is the nugget of information Kodoka had about Yozora from when they were kids. In spite of the fact that nothing came of it in this episode, it’s a hint that somehow, maybe, it’s possible that the relationship between Kodoka and Yozora might just progress a little bit.
Cruel reality hits me and I’m back to waiting for next Friday to swing around, carrying with it my hopes and dreams for the season.