It is the long-awaited last episode of Eromanga Sensei’s first season, and to my absolute delight, this has been the best episode of the bunch, including the appropriate amount of perversion and loads of awkwardness about human anatomy. Enjoy my review of Episode 12!
Japanese Original Episode Title: エロマンガフェスティバル
In case you were wondering how and why Sagiri has been so cool about Masamune going on a holiday and leaving her all alone, the answer lies in the fact that Elf promised her that Masamune and herself would pose for her entertainment, so she can draw even more lewd illustrations. The rest can be left to one’s imagination.
There are some very, very specific highlights in this episode, that make it a lot better than anything else that happened in this show so far. Let us have a look:
First and foremost, Masamune touches Sagiri. Under the pretext that he needs material for his upcoming work, he pats Sagiri on the head and caresses her hair. It looks super-soft and so satisfying; mostly because her hair looks so clean and fluffy all the time. Somehow this minor display of affection ends up to be a very uncomfortable sexually over-charged session that leads to some really unpleasant moaning from Sagiri’s side that almost grossed me out. Obviously, she eventually calls him a pervert and kicks him out.
Later, when Elf and Muramasa visit, as agreed (mostly by Elf), they pose for her while playing a game of twister. I don’t know about you, but I haven’t really played twister wearing a swimsuit, and I’m pretty damn comfortable wearing swimsuits. It looks like the most awkward thing conceivable, and having the honor of witnessing fictional people doing it against their will somehow makes it okay. Not really sexual, imho, just okay.
When Masamune receives a doujinshi of his work, delivered by Tomoe (let’s take a moment to appreciate how she quickly mentions her desire to marry him just before the end of the season, just like the rest of the girls did earlier), Sagiri literally loses her shit over it. After reading, she gets very inspired to compile some quick porn herself. That is probably the most hilarious part of the whole episode, as Sagiri is very much oblivious to the whereabouts of certain parts and morphology of the male body. Masamune attempts to go to Megumi for help, who quickly puts together a drawing of his little brother. Muramasa, who seems to be the most sophisticated of the girls, makes a copy of Michelangelo’s David, to demonstrate what male genitalia looks like. Some pretty impressive life drawing skills there. The most important part of this scene is that –finally- Sagiri is called out by everyone for what she really is… A PERVERT.
The season finishes with the girls saying they had fun spending the afternoon in the Izumi household and promise to come back soon. Ta-dah! The end.
Themes & Trivia
The Japanese culture of touching: No matter where you’re from, you must have noticed that the levels of touching when interacting with people from other cultures differ dramatically around the world. In Japan’s case, it is limited to a minimum, especially when it comes to strangers. So don’t do the French style three-kisses-on-the-cheek when you meet someone. This is why there is so much tension built-up about it; this is why Masamune touching his sister’s head is a big deal.
Doujinshi: Fan-made comic books based on (mostly) famous series. If you haven’t read a doujinshi before, I wouldn’t really want to spoil the surprise for you. Just google the term next to the name of your favorite manga and enjoy. Make sure there’s nobody else around…
I have to say, this was one entertaining season finale. The show did pretty well regarding its genre and I wouldn’t be surprised to see another season coming up soon.
You should probably use Google, girl
I mean, how hard is it to come across a dick on the internet?