If Only It Had All Been A Dream 「ユメナラヨカッタノニ」
Resistance to Sena Izumi’s good looks is futile Ryouma-kun! Just give in to your animal instincts already you beast!
Ryouma’s very hung up on the fact that his one-sided desires for the last ten years was essentially for a guy. Feeling betrayed, he took it out on Izumi but yet can’t let go, even to the point of dreaming of “her”, only for such sweet dreams to turn into nightmares of him – the elephant reference was hilarious! Whenever he lets his guard down, his mind is flooded with Izumi because he’s upset? Angry? Or just… obsessed? It’s even affecting him at work! Determined to prove once and for all to himself that he is NOT interested in Izumi THAT way, the devious actor wriggles his way into the Izumi household on the pretense of getting his good-luck charm marble back. Instead, the beast sets himself upon Izumi, chasing him around his own home to take his clothes off so Ryouma can see for himself that Izumi is a HE and not a SHE. The plan backfired spectacularly in BL-fashion and oohlala did we get some nosebleed-inducing hot scenes this week O.O such strategic use of pink fluffy clouds!
Love Stage!! delivered yet another laughter-filled episode, even for a viewer who’s read the manga ages ago – Rei (I keep thinking it’s Free!’s Nagisa calling out to Free!’s Rei-chan seeing as both characters have the same seiyuus in both shows) telling Izumi to grow up onto the path of adulthood by confronting and apologising personally to Ryouma, only have it turn into deception through buying a new marble; Ryouma unable to walk straight after overlapping the child actress’ image with that of child Izumi; megane-Izumi being a completely different character in Ryouma’s mind, Izumi’s horrendous manga drawings, Shougo oniisan’s Izumi sensor plus his brother complex and Ryouma’s final breakdown in defeat over his true inner desires seeking help from Shougo onii-san.
Oh Ryouma, just give up already. It’s obvious that you have the hots for Izumi regardless if he’s a girl or guy. Of course it helps that he’s awfully cute, even when his otaku-megane self is so vastly different a character you failed to recognise him. You heart did go ‘kyun’ though! But really did you have to attack a crying Izumi, as irresistible as it must’ve been?! Terrible! He said to stop already but no, seme instincts kicking in right? Just had to follow through with erotic kisses didn’t you? Poor Izumi’s so traumatised (Yonaga‘s crying Izumi was so cute and pitiful!) he’s locked himself in his room because of you. Thankfully Shougo oniisan caught you in the act and stopped things from going any further otherwise you’d really have eaten his cute little brother up, something exclusively reserved for Shougo. But hey at least now you know your true feelings right? Don’t fight them anymore, Shougo oniisan can’t help you muahahaha!
Unfortunately, Shougo oniisan’s seiyuu DAIGO is really turning Love Stage!! into a 台無し(means: spoiling a good thing) anime… I’ve been holding back because he’s a supporting character after all and not a professional seiyuu. But I’ve had it in this episode when his too-nasal voice became Fran Drescher-irritating especially when whining to Rei about Ryouma in scenes towards the end. I wonder if the recording session went smoothly at all with his obvious acting – thankfully Hirakawa Daisuke‘s the veteran acting opposite this newbie. It’s ironic how Ryouma harps on about Sena Izumi riding on his family’s coattails when here we’ve got DAIGO riding on his sister’s coattails as Love Stage!! mangaka in order to voice a character supposedly based on him. Shougo’s a crucial character in bringing Ryouma and Izumi together as well as in the spin-off story of him and Rei in Back Stage!! so it’s really disappointing to not be able to look forward to Shougo’s appearance each week T_T Thankfully the rest of the cast make up for it more or less – Eguchi Takuya (Ryouma), Yonaga Tsubasa (Izumi) and Kimura Ryouhei who voices fellow manga club member Kuroi Takahiro, have great chemistry off-set in their own radio show together. Like Lala-lulu said, ‘nothing will ever change if you just run away you know’ so I’m gonna persevere through DAIGO because ultimately, Love Stage!! is quite a good manga (still ongoing and at a critical juncture if I may add) and 3 episodes into this anime adaptation, is living up to the manga’s standards. Let’s hope Izumi’s not too traumatised over no one realising the girl in the CM is him, which led to this whole misunderstanding with Ryouma in the first place!
*Akatsuki is covering these couple of weeks for Shion-chan who’s away on holiday at the moment. よろしくね〜