I have never been all that interested in romances. Now, while we have yet to see any real romance aside from blushing and loli-abuse, I am already rooting for Benio and Mashiro. Sparks just seem to fly when the two of them share the screen. I am very impressed by Dogakobo for this rather elaborate setup. There was a time when I was just as naive as you were, thinking they were pairing Kobeni and Hakuya. Boy do I feel stupid. Benio and Mashiro take the spotlight and run away with it during this weeks episode.
Given that Hakuya does not show up much outside of the series, that is to say the promotional material, I was not exactly expecting him to play a large rule on the screen. Still, I would like to see more Kobeni/Hakuya dynamic. I understand that this is only the second episode and that his character is supposed to be reserved, but I would like to see him dragged into all the zaniness that is happening around him. I was very pleased with his project constantly being destroyed. Call me simple, but I laughed every time it came tumbling down.
How can you stay mad at a bundle of joy like Mashiro?
What I really like about this episode is that it shows us that this is not going to be a show that focuses exclusively on Kobeni and Hakuya. We are not going to see Mashiro and Benio serve simply as foils to the development of their relationship. It seems all too often that good characters do not get fleshed out because they had the misfortune of being drawn up as part of the supporting cast.
While I am sure that Kobeni and Hakuya will take the spotlight away from these two in due time, I think we will have gotten our fill of the rest of the cast by then. Mind you, never can you have too much of a good thing. Mashiro, Mashiro, Mashiro. Her voice actress, Yuri Yoshida, is doing a superb job for her first role. In all honesty, I thought she was Mayumi Shintani, Nonon from Kill la Kill.
Mashiro’s smile is a miracle of the universe.
I am sure that most of us have an idea of what happened between Kobeni and Hakuya after seeing this episode. Personally, I am rather concerned as to how it will slip into the story. We have not yet run into anything even remotely dark, the exception being making Mashiro crying, so I am really at a loss as to how Dogakobo intends to introduce this incident. I can imagine how jarring it would be if things suddenly got grim in the Yonomori household.
Well, I am sure we will not be having Kobeni remembering anything for a number of episodes. Japan would not stand for any actual romance that extended beyond a couple of episodes.