Your average awkward gamer and otaku. Book girl. Tsundere. Freelancer. Struggling to become an author.
Hello, everyone! And welcome back to a brand new season of Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata, or as fans call it, Saekano. It has been exactly two years since Season 1 ended and many fans were hoping for a second season. The first episode has already aired and the show is fully back on track! I am going to use this review and try to take you back to the world of Saekano. Well, it’s time to cut the small talk and get right down to business!
Japanese Title: 冴えない竜虎の相見えかた
If you haven’t watched the first season of Saekano, you should go back, watch it and then come back! But in case you have already seen it, you most probably have noticed that this show is your typical harem, sort of. As of the moment, we have three main female characters who show up in every episode and each one of them has a special connection to the protagonist, Aki Tomoya. One of them is the famous light novel writer Kasumigaoka Utaha, and the second is the ace of the art club, who secretly is a part of an adult-themed manga-doujin team, Eriri Spencer Sawamura. The third is the plainest girl you can imagine, who doesn’t even have any specific traits to describe her character, Kato Megumi. The first episode of the season centered on the relationship between the former two.
You might remember from the first season, that these two didn’t exactly get along. However, we never really got an explanation why. Who would have guessed? Because of Tomoya of course! The episode elaborated on Utaha and Eriri’s first meeting and their several fights. However, what struck home with me was realizing that these two were actually quite fond of each other, and heck I’m gonna say it, best friends.
The episode was quite tense and filled with many scenes, but I’d say that the highlight of it for me was the ending. Tomoya was talking about collecting signs from both Eriri and Utaha to boost their game project in the circles of otaku fans, when of course the strong-willed females got into another argument. Luckily, it all got resolved quite smoothly. And this is when everybody started asking for their version of a sign. Being a quite strong-willed person myself, I know all too well how hard it is to accept that you admire your rival. Yet both of them did. It might have been awkward, it might have been hard to do, but they overcame a huge obstacle on their way and I sure that this will only make the two girls grow closer, be more forgiving towards each other, and learn to accept the existence of the other.
Friendship: This was the first theme I noticed. It is very faint, you can’t really notice it unless you look really hard, but it’s there, it’s lingering in the air. Episode 1 started off with Eriri and Utaha screaming at each other, but think back: Isn’t that something we usually do when we are around somebody with whom we are extremely comfortable with? I mean, I can’t really imagine myself yelling at a total stranger, but if I happen to disagree with my best friend on an important topic, it might as well turn into a verbal battle!!
Love: It is very subtle, but we have been given many hints that our main girls, ALL of them, are not indifferent to Tomoya. I even dare to say that the basis of friendship and hatred between Eriri and Utaha is exactly this feeling with which they are overflowing. It is not rare for two girls to get close when they are both interested in the same guy, yet he is totally into someone (in this game something) else.
Otaku: Well, this one speaks for itself. The anime basically introduces us to otaku culture. You get to see how the creators work, a theme I find quite entertaining about this particular anime, despite the fact that it is also your generic harem.
I do not have many comments on this episode, yet what I found quite charming and pure, you could even say heartwarming, about this episode, was getting to see a different side of the characters. We got to see them all a year earlier, a year younger, which obviously means slight differences to their behaviour and mannerisms too.It was quite interesting too see that Tomoya and Eriri kept in touch in some sort of weird way, recommending each other light novels, manga, anime and games. Friends forever… right?
It was quite interesting to see that Tomoya and Eriri kept in touch in some sort of weird way, recommending each other light novels, manga, anime and games. Friends forever… right?
Well, this is the end of the first episode of Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Flat! I hope you enjoyed it, had a bit of laugh just like I did, and were a bit touched just as I was. Make sure to read some other articles on Saekano up here on MANGA.TOKYO.
I shall end the review here and wait for us to meet again in a week! Don’t forget to leave a comment and maybe have a discussion with us about your impressions on the first episode!
Don’t forget to check the rest of our episodic anime reviews for Spring 2017 and our impressions on the first episode of (nearly) all titles of the new season!
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