“Second Issue: Say Hello to the New Heroine”
“Dainigō: Nyū Hiroin wo Yoroshiku ne” (第二号「新(ニュー)ヒロインをよろしくね♪」)
This was yet another episode full of hilarity and this show is becoming one of my favourites this season with its cast of ridiculous high schoolers and their utter insanity. This is by far the funniest show this season and while this episode wasn’t as hilarious as the previous one there were still laughs to be had and I thought it was a brilliant episode overall.
The Plot: So this episode is yet another fairly straightforward one with both Chiyo and Nozaki meeting each others’ friends and both debacles not going entirely as expected. There were a whole load of laughs as the two MC’s got to know each others’ close friends and find out that they’re completely disillusioned as to the kind of people that they are. Mikoshiba, voiced by the incredible Okamoto Nobuhiko (Ao no Exorcist, Haikyuu!!, Sekaiichi Hatsukoi) is most definitely, in some ways, the pure, kindhearted individual that Nozaki believes him to be, but in all other aspects is just such a character. Chiyo spends the better part of the episode utterly deadpanned and stunned by his puppy-ish, people-pleasing and proud personality that’s juxtaposed against the fact that he’s easily embarrassed by the cheesy things that come out of his own mouth. He’s adorable and I’m not sure what category of person I’d place him in; he’s got the makings of a tsundere but he’s such a pathetic drama queen at the same time. Nozaki also gets to meet Seo Yuzuki, hilariously voiced by Sawashiro Miyuki, and boy, but her character is so unlike any of the previous characters she’s voiced and that just deserves a round of applause! There’s a lot of sweat-dropping and “are you freaking serious” moments and I just found the whole episode really enjoyable!
The Characters/Episode Highlights:
– Mikoshiba Mikoto is an absolute darling. He plays this arrogant bishounen who’s thoroughly popular with the ladies but gets all embarrassed and shy by the romantically cheesy things he says in response. His interactions with Chiyo make for some hilarious moments where he tells her he’s her senpai and would find it troublesome if she asks him too many questions when secretly he’s just waiting to be asked something. After some nudging from Nozaki, Chiyo hesitantly agrees and really just humours Mikorin as he exuberantly explains the complexities of manga-drawing. His presence in the show is solid gold. It’s also doubly funny because Mikorin is the inspiration for Nozaki’s female lead character and I just find that hilarious.
– Yuzuki Seo was not what I was expecting. With her strong accent, rebellious attitude and zero sense of self-awareness, insight or tact, I thoroughly enjoyed how irritated Nozaki was when he observed her bizarre behaviour and called her a thorough fraud. It’s even funnier because of how oblivious Chiyo is to her friends’ eccentricities, just like how Nozaki is to Mikorin’s own oddities and to watch the four of them interact with each other, and the parallels between their dynamics was just so much fun. Seo’s ability to con anyone, including Nozaki, was stellar and she’s definitely ramping it up to become one of my favourite characters. The fact that Nozaki ended up using Seo as inspiration for one of his new male characters was the icing on the cake and I’m really looking forward for more of Seo in future episodes!
The Verdict: Loving this show because it’s a great way to start the week or end the weekend, depending on your time zone and I’ve derived so much laughter from it and we’re only on episode 2! Still, I’ve been waiting all week for this show and I’m very much excited about the rest of the characters introducing themselves. I do hope the show manages to carry its high level of humour and laughs through until the end and the fact that I don’t even know where the plot is supposed to be heading doesn’t even bother me. I do believe picking up the manga at some point soon is in order~