Not even the everyday drama of the two girls is enough to save NTR: Netsuzou Trapfrom what it has become: the mundane story of a confused girl who can’t even put a finger on her feelings. If you asked me a few episodes ago, I would have still hoped for a more diverse story that would have been closer to Kuzu no Honkai. Now, even the 6 or so minutes of plot seem like a drag.
Japanese Title: 私に, 風邪うつして……?
Yuma is not the kind of girl that would engage in erotic games in front of other men for money, at least not until her jealousy gets the better part of her. She decides to do the poco game with Hotaru once again just so she can keep an eye on her best friend and potential lover/partner. That last one only if she finally gives in to her feelings. She was very close once or twice during the show, but of course there weren’t enough plot devices to keep such an interesting premise in motion. Instead, we get a selfish Yuma who goes back to the maid café not because she is actually worried about lusty otaku getting their hands on her friend, but because she can’t get it over her head that Hotaru wants money to get away from her.
As Yuma lies to pretty much everyone in the show she has a relationship with (to her mom about cram school, to Takeda about pretty much everything, and to Hotaru about the reason she goes back to the maid café) Hotaru decides to take matters on her own hands and prevent Yuma from going back to work by telling on about her to Yuma’s mom.
Yuma may have used sickness as an excuse, but all that lying and boob-showing did get the trick right. She raised a fever that led her to the infirmary. Hotaru visits her friend to give her things, but Yuma wants more than that, and for the first time goes full offensive and kisses Hotaru. I didn’t see that coming, but it wasn’t that unexpected, judging from all the pressure that was building up inside of her all this time.
Of course, Takeda caught them in the act of flirting (not kissing). Poor Takeda. Another cliffhanger that is going to be brushed off as a joke between girlfriends.
Fujiwara cares: about someone else than his own petty self. He is trying to discourage his friend from chasing after Yuma, partly because he knows but he can’t tell. If he was just a jerk, we would have spilled the beans episodes before. I think he genuinely wants for Takeda to avoid breaking his heart.
Yuma on the offensive: This was the first time Yuma made a move on Hotaru. It’s frustrating that her advances are not a direct result of touching to her inner feelings. Yuma still doesn’t know how she feels about Hotaru, and that kiss was more a product of lust than of logic.
Themes & Trivia
Drama: Part of what makes this show drag its feet along the floor like a slow zombie is Yuma’s unwillingness to realize her own feelings. I’m not sure how the original creator is dealing with her story in the manga, but the plot of the anime is frustrating to the point that I don’t even shout to Yuma at the screen like I used to during the first episodes. Whether an idiot by choice or by pen, Yuma is oblivious to the only thing that could have made the plot a bit better: her romantic feelings for her friend.
This is getting tiring. We have established the main plot almost from the beginning: This is all about Yuma and Hotaru getting together, but all this back and forth, the uninspiring climaxes and failed cliffhangers are disappointing. Like every story that respects the narrative art, this should have peaked in the last three episodes before putting a final brush during its finale. Now, I don’t even know if I care about Yuma and Hotaru. I think the only one I care about is Takeda. If I want someone to get through this unscathed, that’s he.
Yuma? What are you doing with Hotaru?
‘We are just messing around, Takeda’ is probably what the girls are going to say and brush this off as yet another joke. I lost my trust in the cliffhangers of this series. I don’t know how this love parade is going to end, but I hope that Takeda will leave this unhurt.
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