Having had the introduction of the main characters of the show on the first episode, I was expecting the plot to start rolling right away on this one, and so it did. In Episode 2 of Eromanga Sensei, new characters keep jumping in, the word ‘penis’ is mentioned WAY MORE than expected, and we are introduced to Masamune’s first rival… that weird elf girl.
Japanese Original Episode Title: リア充委員長と不敵な妖精
Masamune has allowed that annoying class rep into his house and she is very obviously snooping around. She manages to communicate with Sagiri by stealing Masamune’s phone, all because for some reason she wants to get her to go to school. Masamune has his work proposals rejected and Elf tries to steal his illustrator (= make his sister work for her instead).
Megumi turns up on Masamune’s doorstep and starts asking him questions about his sister. She also seems to believe she is the hottest thing alive, as she is flabbergasted that Masamune is not instantly infatuated by her. As we are peeking into Masamune’s thoughts, he explains that the reason why he doesn’t seem to have the hots for the nosy class rep is because he spends his days washing his step-sister’s underwear, and his sister is way hotter than Megumi. And that is exactly how falling in love works, kids. Somehow the conversation escalates to her literally saying how much she and all girls of her age love dick, while the screen shows an uncomfortable close-up of her mouth. My jaw dropped for so many reasons I won’t even try to elaborate.
Megumi manages to force herself into the Izumi living room and tries to go upstairs to see Sagiri. Masamune transfers her request to his master and she obviously says no, providing him with an earphone so she can eavesdrop the conversation the two of them. The number of gadgets that girl possesses is constantly surprising me. Megumi and Masamune are having a little chat about how to convince her to come out of her room, and she suggests cutting off their internet connection. Masamune is shocked! How harsh, how could anyone ever survive without an internet connection? Preposterous. She accuses her of trying to play god, that’s how serious this is. Sagiri screams into Masamune’s ear and Megumi figures everything out, so she grabs Masamune’s phone and steals Sagiri’s number, calling her and letting her eavesdrop on their conversation without Masamune knowing. She keeps interrogating him on what he thinks of his sister, and all he comes up with is how hot she looks and how good she is at drawing perverted manga. Sagiri is obviously not pleased. At least he ends up saying how proud his is of her. Megumi finally leaves the two of them in peace.
Later on, Masamune gets all his proposals for a new manga script rejected and stays awake all night to write a new one. He drops by the local book store where this girl Tomoe, who is supposed to be his friend, works – he tries to put his book in the suggestions panel, but Tomoe will have none of that: she tells him to work harder and earn that spot… while she happily agrees to sell him a suggested book. Some great friend there.
Upon arriving at work, Masamune comes across a character even more annoying that Megumi – Elf Yamada, #1 Oricon writer, the person whose work is all over Tomoe’s suggestion pile. She demands Eromanga Sensei becomes her illustrator instead. She deserves a million slaps, and thankfully Masamune’s boss kicks her out. Masamune rushes home pleading his sister not to abandon him for his top-selling rival, and –surprise- she opens the door and talks to him. She asks whether he heard from Megumi, complains about his crappy choice of snacks, and announces she will from now on be washing her own underwear. Well done Sagiri, you have taken your first step towards autonomy and adulthood.
The episode ends with an adorable mini video of her doing laundry. I wonder if they will have customized ending for every episode – that would be great.
Themes & Trivia
Yosei (妖精): I was a bit confused with the episode’s title, as Yosei (妖精) that obviously refers to Elf Yamada, is translated as ‘fairy’, rather than ‘elf’. Google says it can mean both.
Sagiri (紗霧): Her name actually means ‘fog’. Isn’t that adorable?
Annoying female characters: Megumi reminds me of NGE’s Asuka (might be the red hair there) and Elf Yamada or Uran Host Club’s bipolar manager, Renge, a typical ‘fujoshi’ character, even though we haven’t really seen her saying anything very perverted just yet.
One Piece Reference: When Megumi claims to be an otaku and great One Piece fan, I almost gagged (and I believe Masamune shared my feelings). Maybe in the following episodes she will discover Naruto or even Pokemon, and realize that her whole life has been a lie.
Eromanga Sensei supports its lightweight content pretty well thanks to a good line-up of well-timed jokes and absolutely beautiful setup and animation. You can see there is a lot of effort and meticulousness into putting the show together. I could even watch it on mute, that’s how much I enjoy the colours and drawing. Everything is just so pretty. I particularly like everything that has to do with Sagiri and her surroundings. I do hope it maintains that amazing quality throughout the whole show.