Episode 9 was pretty dull, so I decided to do a joint episodic with Episode 10 to make things more interesting.
We get a new redhead character which feels very familiar to a certain famous redheaded character from another show *ahem*Shana*ahem*.
Kodaka confronts Pegasus after hearing the redhead girl’s story about him dating Sena. After realizing that Kodaka and his daughter were not an item, like the winged beast of legend he flew away in shock.
So then the Neighbors club learns that Kodaka and Sena were engaged and Yozora and Rika become super sad. Then they clear things up. Then Kodaka finds out that Yozora plagarized the script of a hipster show. I really didn’t find these developments that interesting.
Fast forward one week and its Episode 10.
Since they don’t want to use a plagiarized script, the Neighbors club goes with Sena’s substitute script. And what do you know? The script involves scenes seen in the OP, like Yozora in a witch outfit and Yukimura in the Samurai-looking robe.
We get to see more Kobato goodness in her movie production. She gets embarrassed, Sena fawns over her and all is well…
We see how hard Rika tries to be friends with those in the Neighbour’s club and I feel a little sad for her. Linking his behaviour to Kobato’s, Rika confronts Kodaka about his attitude toward friendships.
And it was then that I saw the light. “Be my friend, even if you pretend you don’t know.” The OP’s lyrics were about Kodaka and his reluctance to accept anyone as a friend, despite his claims that he wants to make friends. “One more step, I’ll try getting closer to you now” refers to the girls in the Neighbour’s club. Fooled by its cheerful beat, I didn’t give the OP a second thought until now.
I’d always thought the series deliberately refused to let Kodaka realize that they were already friends with everyone in the club as like a running joke, but now its clear that Kodaka pulls away to avoid a repeat of his experience with Yozora when they were kids.
I love that they turned the mood dark without being too tacky or cliched. It surprised me because I was convinced that Haganai would stick to comedy through and though. The episode is really good example of when a show tries to mix comedy and deep themes and succeeds. The only downside is the wait for next Friday.