Are you ready for a pointless episode where nothing really happens but at least we get to see some sea and boobs? Yes, who wouldn’t be. Especially if you live somewhere where summer doesn’t exist, like myself. Get ready for an amazing review of Episode 9 of Eromanga Sensei.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 妹と妖精の島
Elf invites everyone from the Budokai party to what she calls ‘her island’ to do some sort of ‘writing workshop’, aka chill by the beach. I don’t think it exactly belongs to her, but since her family is filthy rich, they probably own most of it. We get to meet her brother and experience the thrill of seeing the girls wear swimsuits. How fascinating.
Elf is boasting about how she’s been abroad before and somehow manages to use this as an excuse to invite everyone on a mini holiday on an island in the south of Japan. Upon arrival there, our gang of characters (except Sagiri, obviously) gets to meet her brother, Chris, who apart from her sibling is also her manager/editor. He appears to be the only person who can discipline his sister.
Elf wastes no time and rushes to get into a bikini and lie topless on the beach encouraging Masamune to apply sunscreen to her naked back. Her brother watches from afar and Masamune is panicky. We get to see an abundance of side-boob shots. I couldn’t be less interested. Muramasa soon joins them, after she’s been forced to wear a bikini by Elf – let’s just take a moment to investigate how little sense this makes: Elf, who is clearly interested in Masamune, forces another girl who is interested in Masamune, to wear a skimpy outfit in his presence. No gaps in the plot here whatsoever.
Masamune finds himself taking an outdoor bath by the beach (as I said, filthy rich) and is joined by Chris, who very awkwardly asks him to marry his little sister. Masamune explains that their relationship is not an amorous one, but also adds that he would definitely go for Elf, were he not in love with someone else (=Sagiri). I’m sure that every average teenage boy goes through the same struggle of being harassed by numerous attractive teenage women who are helplessly in love with him and beg them to be their lover.
To further expand the whole absurdity of the matter, Elf lures Masamune away from her cottage/resort/whatever-this-massive-mansion-they-are-staying-in-is and drags him to the spot where his father (now deceased) proposed to his mother, trying to convince him that one day he will do the same for her. Masamune reacts way too mildly to that statement. We find out that Elf’s actual name is Emily, and, thankfully, the episode ends.
Themes & Trivia
Japan southern islands: The Japanese southern islands are semitropical, with fantastic coastlines. Even though Tokyo might be Japan’s most popular destination, they offer a completely different perspective to the country’s culture. Okinawa is probably the most well-known one overseas.
Parasol: Notice how Muramasa is holding a parasol when everyone gets off the boat? Apart from being considered a fashion statement dating back to the 17th century Japan, umbrellas are very popular among Japanese women because the provide protection from the sun and secure a pale skin tone, which to this day is a beauty trend in Japan.
The marriage tradition in Japan: Japanese tradition includes two types of marriage: arranged (omiai, what Elf’s mother wanted her to have) and independent (ren’ai, when you decide to get married on your own). The difference between the two has grown weaker after the overall post-war westernization of the country.
Filler and fan service: If you’ve been watching anime for a while, you’ve probably noticed episodes like this one that have little or no relationship to the plot, also known as ‘fillers’. These episodes usually include audience pleasing material aka ‘fan service’, which is mostly excessive nudity.
This episode was boring, and I really need to go on holidays, so I’m not very happy.
You should probably think more carefully about marriage, girl
I mean, Elf is just 14 years old and she’s already keen on getting married. Not that there’s really a right age to make that sort of mistake.