How blatant, Kyoto Animation! Do you expect me to accept this as proper Dekomori fanservice? When I ask for ass-shots, I don’t want simple angles that place the subject smack dab in the center with other elements to accentuate the fact that a girl is hunched over an open window in a very non-erotic manner! I demand other.. angles. Also, I got heavy Jin-Roh vibes from this episode. I like that movie.
Watching this episode got me thinking again about from what perspective do I watch this show? I don’t normally associate with the harem lead. On the off chance they might spout off with lines that I might have no qualms with (Junichi from Amagami SS is one), I will. I do sympathize with Togashi Yuuta on the troubles of associating with someone so brazen. Rikka keeps behaving in the manner he’s been trying to leave behind. It’s that simple embarrassment. It’s similar to hanging out with someone who has no shame acting obtusely in public. Except it’s farther into fantastical delusions — even during non-public situations. Even if I try to match the same energy of who I’d be killing time with, I still have reservations on my behavior. In large groups, I prefer to be silent simply because other people are better at socializing and mouth-flapping. Yet doing that all the time won’t get me friends.
In this aspect, I end up thinking like Nibutani: It’s worth the minute of effort to have a semblance of new experiences, even if it means acting different. I could also be over-interpreting it entirely and she’s merely attempting to shed a shameful past that she doesn’t want to acknowledge. Too bad for her. She’s in an anime. Prime material to exploit!