Just before the grande and much-anticipated finale, Eromanga Sensei finally lets us peer into the past lives of the protagonists, and – who would have known – they knew each other for much longer than expected.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 二人の出会いと未来の兄妹[ふたり
On the dawn of the publishing of their latest work, Masamune takes Sagiri on a virtual tour of Akihabara. As they walk around, they reminisce of their first meeting, of which only Sagiri is aware.
The episode starts with some very uncomfortable shots of Sagiri’s nudity that never cease to make me feel like I should carefully consider my choice of words to describe them. So I’ll stick with ‘uncomfortable.’ But wait, there’s more, even more uncomfortable shots of 7-year-old Sagiri barely hiding behind a towel not much later in the episode. Please make it go away.
Later, as we dive into Masamune’s memories of his mother’s death, we learn a bit how he got into writing, back when he was 11 he was publishing short stories online. Sagiri, his first commentator and only fan, discovered his work online and started drawing illustrations for him for fun. As for her, already a pretty enthusiastic shut-in at the age of 7, she spends her time avoiding school and hanging out with her mom who works from home as an illustrator. Naturally, as every child of her age should, she owns a smartphone and uses it to chat with strangers. Great parenting. She refuses to go to school on a daily basis.
Both their parents look extremely attractive, especially Masamune’s dad. It’s good to see some actual adults in the show once in a while. Masamune’s dad gives him a laptop to encourage him to keep writing, and Sagiri’s mom offers to help her learn how to draw. They seem nice. It’s pretty disturbing how relaxed Sagiri’s mom is around her little daughter using phrasing like ‘licking panties.’
Somehow, her conversation with Masamune convinces Sagiri to go back to primary school and finish it. That’s when the animation budget run out and the passing of seasons is represented by the blossoming of trees. Masamune decides to pursue his hobby professionally and Sagiri decides to follow his example; they decide to meet again when they both achieve that.
The episode ends with various shots of Akihabara that include very little excitement and numerous references to Oreimo. Masamune returns home and finds Sagiri waiting for him on the stairs. Yay.
Themes & Trivia
NEET: ‘Not in Education, Employement or Training’, a term that first appeared in the UK but ended up being popularized in eastern Asian countries like South Korea and Japan. Masamune assumes that young Sagiri is a NEET because she’s still at home when she was supposed to be going to school. I’m sure her childish language skills definitely let her pass for a college student.
No more shameless self-promotion: Numerus Meruru posters are all over the place in Akihabara and the main Oreimo characters make a cameo near the end of the episode. We get it, thanks.
An unrealistic obsession with youth: If you’ve been watching anime for a while, you’ve probably noticed how characters are usually teenagers who basically go through the life and struggles of adults. You may wonder why; and I can’t really answer that for you: there’s really not a formal answer, apart from the fact that youth is unstained, ambitious, and attractive.
I wish this episode had been a bit more intense and had offered a better insight into the kids’ lives. I would have also preferred it if this information had been more skilfully spread during the whole show.
You should probably take your kid’s phone away, girl
Especially if they’re chatting with random ‘college students’ that seem to excessively appreciate their childish writing.