In this episode we actually get the back story for two of the other members of Otogi Bank, Otohime and Urashima. We learn about how Otohime used to be fat and slow, but changed for the better thanks to Urashima’s kindness. This episode parodies the Tortoise and the Hare, just not that well. About the only thing it bares resemblance to is that Otohime is known as turtle, and they portray her rival, Mimi, as the rabbit. Oh and Mimi is voiced by none other than Rie Kugimiya, so this episode has at least one positive about it. The episode basically serves as the staple Beauty Pageant episode. The ending is rather touching, but sadly loses a lot of the impact thanks to the rest of the episode being sub-par.
Ookami-san started off great in it’s first 2 episodes, but I will admit I am worried when the 3rd episode already feels like a filler. I hope they can rebound and get back on track with the main storyline.
Thankfully unlike Ookami-san, Amagami SS seems to get better with each episode, and this episode was so much fun to watch. Tachibana is determined to get another kiss from Morishima, but is thrown a curve ball by her. She challenges him to find a secluded spot without being seen on the way there. He accepts and does exactly as instructed. Once there he is given the chance to kiss her anywhere he wants within reason. I won’t give this one away, but Morishima’s reaction to the kiss is awesome. Later in the episode Morishima pulls out a Nyaa Nyan Attack on Tachibana that had me gushing over her. They also do some interesting role-play at lunch, but again I won’t spoil anything.
Amagami SS is three quarters through the Morishima arc, and it has been such a blast to watch, even though Tachibana is still kind of bland and annoying, but the girls are the heart and soul of the show. I can’t wait to see the conclusion of this arc.
Well who knew that this show would be able to actually make me laugh for an entire twenty plus minutes. I was readily growing tired of the incessant and overplayed jokes, but this episode really took a turn for the better. This episode primarily focuses on Hitoha and crazy antics that she gets caught up in. At first one of her classmates sees the magazine she is reading and wants to get a closer look. This leads to a misunderstanding with another classmate who assumes that he is actually trying to look at her panties. After this incident, Yabe decides that Hitoha should make friends. As Hitoha tries to act nice towards some of the other girls, she ends up actually scaring them to hilarious results. Hitoha eventually befriends a crazy girl with an interest in the supernatural, who mistakenly assumes that Hitoha can see ghosts. The final plot point ends with the 3 sisters trying to find out who stole their panties.
This episode was fantastic, and truly made me laugh out loud. Hitoha seems to have the most depth of the three sisters, and watching her reactions to various situations is a riot. I hope they focus more on her in the future, and follow the comedy formula used in this episode in the future.
Shino and Aria are off on a school field trip for episode three, leaving Suzu and Tsuda to handle Student Council duties themselves. The show tries to showcase both pairs, but most of the quality jokes and air time go to Shino and Aria. The perverted jokes we’ve come to love are of course here in full effect, but with surprisingly more depth to them and the shock value wasn’t as prevalent. Tsuda and Suzu even comment on it not being the same without the other two. The ending to the show is rather funny, and both pairs end up in a similar situation, with Shino’s predicament making me about fall off the couch in laughter.
Surprisingly in episode three, there was more of a variety in the humor. As much as I love the shows perverted nature, it was definitely a nice change to have it mix things up a little. Still one of my favorite comedies this season, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon.