If you hadn’t had enough of looking at beautiful idyllic beaches and casual boob-slips already, Episode 10 of Eromanga Sensei takes place on Elf’s island. This one, mostly takes place indoors, and mostly revolves around Muramasa.
Japanese Title: 和泉マサムネと年下の先輩
Masamune pulls an all-nighter to write something for Muramasa, and is abruptly woken up by Elf who has big plans for the day. Her brother however, who does not share her vision of wasting time doing nothing, forces the four of them to sit down and get some work done.
Masamune stayed up all night to write a continuation to his discontinued series, Silverwolf of Reincarnation. For reasons unknown, Muramasa seems to really appreciate his writing (unlike most people) so he offers it to her to read, then goes to sleep, only to be woken up by Elf’s boobs hanging on top of his face. How original.
Elf’s attempt on Masamune gets interrupted by Muramasa (damn, their names are so similar, I keep forgetting who is who) who in a very theatrical manner, smacks Elf on the head. If you were wondering why there are so many people in Masamune’s room and how they got in there in the first place, you’re in for a treat: Chris also joins, probably having been following Elf around the whole day to make sure she’s getting some work done. I would have killed him in his sleep if he did something like this to me.
He –obviously- disapproves of Elf’s plan of the day that involves too much tomfoolery for his taste and forces the group of teenage kids he’s been hosting in his mansion in a tropical island to sit down and do work. Oh god. Naturally, the moment he walks off, everybody switches from working mode to ‘let’s do something casual and make it unnecessarily sexual’ mode, and play the so called ‘King Game’, where one person gets to order around the rest of the players. In a wrap, Elf tries to make Kunimitsu kiss Masamune, Kunimitsu runs off crying, Sagiri joins in online and asks perverted questions, thanks to which we find out Muramasa is naked under her kimono. Chris returns and is of course very unimpressed to find everyone fooling around, asking the rest to follow Muramasa’s example and work harder. Muramasa defiantly declares she’s not gonna write anymore, because Masamune’s writing has fulfilled her dream. If that wasn’t cliché enough for you, Masamune talks her into continuing writing and she announces that one of her new dream is to make him fall in love with her. YOU DON’T SAY.
Themes & Trivia
Yankee: Muramasa calls Elf something I tried very hard to catch but failed and is translated as ‘yankee’ in the subtitles. I assume from this that Elf is American. If you look her up, her actual name is Emily Granger (dangerously close to Hermione Granger in name as well as in personality). Muramasa insists that she cannot possibly let her do all the cooking, potentially referencing the stereotypical opinion of the Japanese on American diets.
Kabuki: Muramasa, who is overall as traditional as it gets in her Japanese mannerisms, seems to be very often behaving in highly stylized movements that can be linked to ‘, one of the three main forms of traditional Japanese theater. It is especially visible when she intrudes Masamune’s bedroom.
‘Underage’ drinking: Drinking in Japan is widely acceptable, even in public. The legal age of drinking is 20, but access to alcohol and it’s consumption by minors is quite common. It’s no surprise Kunimitsu is seen drunk on beer near the end of the episode.
Ousama Game: The King Game is a Japanese (mostly) drinking game in which people pull sticks out of a jar and the one with the longest stick tells the rest of them what to do. In the episode, they’re playing it by pulling cards instead.
Basically, this whole episode is a build-up for Muramasa to confess her love and intentions to Masamune, just like Elf did in the previous one.
You should probably take it down a notch, girl
Muramasa is so intense it almost makes me tired. She is constantly distressed, embarrassed or upset. I think hanging out with the other writers doesn’t really help. Maybe instead of writing she should try meditating… and not giving that much of crap about everything.
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TV Anime ‘Eromanga sensei’
(C)2016 伏見つかさ／ＫＡＤＯＫＡＷＡ アスキー・メディアワークス／EMP
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