Always reward yourself after a bit of hard work; it makes everything worth it. That is what is basically happening in Episode 8 of Eromanga Sensei, with Masamune and Sagiri enjoying some leisure time and celebrating winning the Budoukai.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 夢見る紗霧と夏花火
Sagiri is wearing a yukata on the light of the upcoming fireworks. Masamune confesses his attraction towards Muramasa, whom he rejected. Elf is being Elf, and they all get together and have a party for the Budoukai’s completion.
Saigiri wearing the yukata is on itself is the main event of the episode. That, and the different hairstyles we get to see her wear. In the beginning of the episode, she stands by the door, all dressed up, and chats to Masamune, who –as a true ladies man- deems it a good idea telling her that she’s cute, just like Muramasa. Obviously, Sagiri does not appreciate the comment, shuts the door, challenges him further, and the scene ends up with her calling her an idiot in an unnecessary loud tone. Not very surprising.
Masamune has an overnight at the office working on his novel, while Sagiri tries to survive home alone by closing all the windows, curtains, and doors. That’s pretty adorable to me, as it reminds me of the first few times I spent home alone; locking every single door and window to feel safe. Masamune meets Elf and she encourages him to speak to Muramasa and sort things out with her, which he does. He calls her up only to find out that she’s still passionately in love with him and (naturally) invites her to the party he’s throwing at his place, to celebrate the end of the Budoukai, and his win. Elf, a skype call from Eromanga-sensei, and some random writer guy we’ve never seen before are also invited.
During the party, the group’s dysfunctional relationships are more than apparent, with Elf and Muramasa awkwardly clinging to Masamune, Sagiri screaming from the top floor, and the random writer guy trying to act normal next to all the weirdos. The party is a success thanks to the great food that Masamune has prepared in abundance and the episode ends with him and Sagiri by the window watching the fireworks together. Cute.
Themes & Trivia
Hanabi: Fireworks festivals are a well-known Japanese summer tradition. They mainly occur during July and August, and are considered to be a big event. If you watch a lot of anime, you will have probably noticed them before, along with the fact that girls always wear yukatas when attending (hence Sagiri’s oufit).
Cameo: Kuroneko from Oreimo briefly appears on TV with her baby sisters while Sagiri is watching.
Writer and Illustrator: Yes, the people who made Oreimo (Tsukasa Fushimi and Hiro Kanzaki) are actually the creators of Eromanga Sensei. Talk about dedication to a specific genre…
Sis-con: Also known as ‘sister complex,’ is what would best describe this type of anime. I’m guessing after making Oreimo the creators decided to make the exact same thing but removing the blood-relative bond, just to make the story slightly less creepy.
To be very honest, I enjoyed this episode more than most, I’m guessing because it was so relaxed. The problem with Eromanga is that the drama that occurs is mostly superficial so the complete absence of it makes the show much better…
You should probably go ahead and claim your man, girl
It is a mystery to me why Masamune and Sagiri are not together, especially at the point where they are both aware that they’re attracted to each other. Sagiri, you better make that move, or that kimono-wearing-senpai you loath so may actually be more successful than you are.