If you’ve ever been part of any creative industry, you probably know how brutal the competition is. It feels like a hundred people are fighting over a slice of cake. I can only imagine how intense such competition can be in Japan. And this is what Episode 6 of Eromanga Sensei is all about… this and uncomfortable shots of girls’ thighs.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 和泉マサムネと一千万部の宿敵
Megumi is very eager to meet Sagiri (still not sure why) so she decides to comply with her rather irrational demands and also starts reading light-novels. Sagiri gets excited and all hell breaks loose. Masamune works hard to be the bread-winner of their little family but his editor seems to think otherwise.
Megumi started reading light-novels to gain some common ground with Sagiri. She is now addicted to them, so Masamune encourages her to try and exchange some light-novels with Sagiri. Sagiri accepts so that she can get an opportunity to get a real life model to draw from, focusing on what everyone focuses on in life drawing, of course. Panties.
Megumi gets blindfolded and immobilized, and Sagiri uses her as her model. While she’s obviously distressed, Masamune challenges her, saying that she’s pretending she’s a slutty girl just to be popular. While in that situation, Megumi keeps proclaiming she’s totally comfortable with her sexuality and that see has definitely seen a dick before. Ugggh. If that wasn’t messed up enough for your taste, Sagiri deems it a good idea to pull Megumi’s panties down. She freaks out and starts crying.
Having realized she’s probably gone a wee bit too far, Sagiri removes Megumi’s restraints (how did that sound just now…) and offers her her favorite books to read. Megumi seems to think that this should be enough compensation for the emotional turmoil she had to undergo. Fair enough.
Masamune pitches his idea to his publisher, but she admits to have offered this season’s book contract to Masamune’s ultimate rival, Muramasa Senju. Masamune finds himself unemployed and having promised his aunt that he will be the breadwinner of the family, he refuses to let his sister draw for money. I will refrain from commenting on that. Sagiri hears about it while sitting in an unnecessarily sexual pose.
Masamune considers finding another publishing house, as suggested by Elf, but her brother’s condition (yes, her brother is her editor) is to detach himself by his previous publishing house before signing with them. Elf and Masamune end up in what Elf seems really hard to make look like a date. At that point the animation budget seems to have run out as everything happens in stills. They have a little chat about sales and prestige, and touch on something I’ve been thinking about for a while: Elf pretends to be tsunderewhile she’s actually pretty nice… Interesting how this is being discussed right after Megumi is revealed to be not as slutty as she proclaims to be. I wonder why they chose these facades for the loudest characters in the show.
On their way to the publishing house, they meet this really shy girl who seems to be there to pitch her book, and Elf of course attempts to show off. The girl joins them in the meeting room where Elf is being super-annoying screaming about how far ahead she is in sales compared to the two of them. As Masamune’s editor ignores her, I realize that her extravagant choice of fashion is probably another way for her to attract attention. Poor thing.
The editor suggests to Masamune to compete for a publishing spot through a project where upcoming authors will be publishing short stories. As Masamune gladly accepts, the shy girl reveals herself to be Muramasa Senju, and extremely pissed off for some reason. She decides to compete with him for the publishing spot and crush his dreams. Oh, the humanity. I’m slightly confused since the editor mentioned this was a contest for debuting writers, and both Masamune and Muramasa are already published authors… Whatever.
Themes & Trivia
Otakus in Japan: More often than not, the term ‘otaku’ comes with quite negative connotations in Japan. This is why Megumi refers to light-novels as ‘creepy otaku novels.’ One of the reasons why this happens is due to the way the Japanese press covered obscene homicide cases such as that of Tsunomu Miyazaki. It’s pathetic how they like to focus on the criminal’s hobbies rather than in the mental health issues and personal problems they are facing. Researching this is not for the faint of heart, so beware.
Pulp novels: Interestingly enough, the predecessors of light-novels were called ‘pulp novels,’ cheap magazines that were being published in the early 20th century. This is also were the term ‘pulp fiction’ comes from.
Haruhi Suzumiya: One of the most popular light novels of all time, if not the most popular. I was very much into it myself a few years ago. An absolute must-read/watch if you want to call yourself an otaku – it’s a part of anime and manga history.
Not knowing a lot about light-novels and what defines the particular genre, I sometimes find it quite hard to follow the plot, mostly because I don’t know how the industry really works. I guess the anime is like a parody of sorts on how things work if you want to get your stuff published. It’s interesting, but it requires a bit of research to catch up. I wonder if by the end of the show the characters will be sitting around watching an anime about themselves.
You should probably not allow yourself to be restrained by someone you hardly know, girl
I did find that part to be a bit disturbing, but then again I do tend to forget what I’m watching. Still, a lot more disturbing that the casual long shots of the girls’ thighs that pop up every now and then to keep the sexual tension on moderate levels.
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NEXT TIME: Little Sister and the Most Interesting Novel in the World (妹と世界で一番面白い小説)