Your average awkward gamer and otaku. Book girl. Tsundere. Freelancer. Struggling to become an author.
Hello, everyone! It’s been another week and we are back with a new episode of SaeKano! In the previous episode of Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata Flat, we got to see that tension is rising between Tomoya and Utaha because of the choice of the manuscript for the game. Well, let’s waste no more time and see how the events evolve around those two, and why exactly Tomoya, the fanboy who would blindly accept anything from Utaha, thinks that this was a poorly made scenario.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 二泊三日の新ルート
With every episode the plot is thickening, and now we have some interesting turns and twists. As with some of the previous episodes, we can separate this one into at least two parts. Let’s start with the first and longest part.
The first part is quite plain. It is basically Tomoya and Utaha fighting, reconciling and then trying to fix the scenario to make it suitable for a game, coming up with new ideas and trying to realize them in the span of just one night. Of course, this results in Utaha spending the night at Tomoya’s place, and you can guess the rest. A lot of fan-service, many phrases that can be understood in two different ways, depending on how perverted your mind is. But, overall, they manage to make up and work on the script together.
The second part of the episode is a bit of confusing, at least for me. It was mostly conversations between the characters. However, all characters started accepting a part of themselves that they had been trying to hide from the others and themselves. But then again, nothing changed the fact that this was your generic harem episode where at least one of the main female characters is trying to get into the guy’s pants by all means possible.
Overall, it was quite an interesting episode, considering nothing much happened. But then again, we managed to move on in the making of the game, and I think we can say that the story is now finalized and the only thing left to do is for Eriri to draw the characters and for Icy Tail to create the music. We also got to know in what direction the game is going to move on, how many endings there are gonna be and, most importantly, what exactly the endings are going to be like, at least story-wise. Oh the magical world of Visual Novels…!
The episode was filled with so many gags, sometimes I couldn’t help myself but laugh. Mostly those were sexual jokes intended to intimidate Tomoya, or Rinri-kun, as she likes to call him. And most of the time, the reactions she would get from Tomoya would be simply priceless.
Another thing that kept bothering me for the past couple of episodes is Eriri. She seems to be going down the road of a creator’s block and that is not gonna take her anywhere good. This might even turn into an issue and delay the making of the game.
Ruri: Ruri is basically an alter ego of Utaha, just like Sayuka, the main character of her light novel Metronome in Love. I think it was pretty cool of her to find the strength in herself to accept that she can sometimes be vicious, jealous, and even act like a yandere. Yet again, by her own words, Ruri doesn’t deserve happiness, so isn’t that what she thinks of herself too? That she doesn’t deserve happiness… If that is the case, I think that’s quite sad, but probably, maybe, most likely, making the game together with Tomoya will help her overcome all of her complexes and issues.
Well, the only thing I would like to comment on this time would be Kato. I wouldn’t expect her to realize that Ruri and Sayaka are characters who have the same base. I mean, we have Tomoya who is a hardcore fan of Utaha’s LN, but he didn’t realize such an obvious thing. Kato is changing, she is turning into the Heroine that she was scouted to be, in other words. And especially the last scene of the episode, where she acts like Ruri, was amazing. The girl who has practically no emotions, managed to convey all the feelings Ruri had been keeping in herself in such a wonderful manner. Kudos.
Well folks, we shall meet next week! Which ending would you prefer out of all the three endings that Tomoya wants to include in the game? Let us know here on MANGA.TOKYO know! As always, here are all our reviews for Spring 2017 and our impressions for (nearly) all the first episodes of the season!
Thank you for reading, and see you next week!
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