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Masamune-kun’s plan will probably get a little more complicated starting from Episode 7, because in Episode 6 of Masamune-kun’s Revenge, we learned more about our mysterious cat, Fujinomiya-san. Her motives are not as sinister as we might have guessed during Episode 5, but she is also a more formidable opponent than Masamune-kun thought she was.
Japanese Title: 突撃! お宅訪問戦
The episode starts right where we left it, with Adagaki-san and the kiss request, but the episode in fact is not about her at all. As the pre-opening scene suggested, Episode 6 of Masamune-kun’s Revenge focuses on Fujinomiya-san and her menacing shadow over Masamune-kun’s plan.
Fujinomiya is the most formidable of opponents for one simple reason: she is not different from Masamune-kun. Fujinomiya-san is 100% lying about how she met Masamune-kun, but she might not be lying about the fact that she once saved her life. The episode threw hints here and there, and there is no doubt that she, like Masamune, is in some kind of mission and her presence in his house was part of her plan. She probably already knew about his past since loli-mom recognized her. Judging from her almost religious dedication to food supplements, she must have been the third wheel in Masamune and Adagaki’s past. Probably a fat girl who was in love with him while he was in love with Adagaki? Maybe. If that’s the case, then her vendetta against Adagaki may be justified.
I like how you are so modest that you don’t realize your own charms. Be more confident because you are a very lonely person
Among the happy-go-lucky slice-of-life scenes, the sometimes subtle and other times obvious fan-service, and the fireworks plus yukata scene, the gist of the episode that has to do something with the plot was Fujinomiya’s undercover mission to Masamune’s house, a mission that doesn’t prove her as the villain of this story, but certainly demonstrates a hidden agenda.
Don’t get caught up in her pace
Adagaki Ham: I actually laughed out loud during this scene. It wasn’t an exceptionally clever joke, but the sudden transformation of Adagaki’s head into a ham caught me off guard. I fail to grasp how thinking of her as ham would have helped him kiss her instead of bite her, but the scene was hilarious. As was her uppercut right after Masamune-kun’s kiss attempt. Shoryuken!
Loli hag: Are you wondering why Masamune-kun’s mom looks like an elementary school student? According to the manga, she has a rare disease called Loliconitus and that’s why she looks like a small loli girl, even though she is 42 years old.
Watermelon Seeds: Just a warning; never challenge me into a seed spitting contest. I am the King of Watermelon Seed Spitting. I have so fond memories of the ‘sport’ and the scene made me feel all nostalgic.
Yukata and Hanabi: Every season has its distinctly Japanese festivals and every slice-of-life anime has its festival episode. Summer is the time for fire flowers or hanabi (花火, fireworks) and yukatas (浴衣, light cotton kimono)! I don’t know if this was Masamune-kun’s Revenge festival episode (maybe an attempt to keep its distinctive character through humour?) but it certainly had the features needed: hanabi (fireworks), girls in yukata, a starry sky, and romance.
Fujinomiya-san brings with her the possibility of a very interesting contrast. If she is a female Masamune-kun, a girl who found her confidence through hard work, then her plan will probably be the exact opposite of Masamune’s revenge. Her role in the story will be extremely important, especially now that Masamune is slowly falling in love with Adagaki.
I am really happy that the series is not incorporating too many slice-of-life elements and that it uses Masamune-kun’s humor to keep its distinctive feel as the first ‘revenge comedy’. I generally avoid using tags, but Masamune-kun’s Revenge is certainly different from your usual campus romance.
I have to admit that I like Fujinomiya-san more than Adagaki-san. She knows what she wants (even if we don’t) and she is out there to realize her plan (even if we don’t know about it yet). She is sexy and confident, and she doesn’t have that antagonist feel. That means that the show is missing a well-defined arch-nemesis, but a layer or two beneath the surface, one can find the main antagonist in Masamune-kun himself. But that is a discussion for another time.
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