When Kuroneko demands an answer, you give her one.
What They Say:
Kyosuke Kosaka, a normal 17-year-old high school student living in Chiba, has not gotten along with his younger sister Kirino in years. For longer than he can remember, Kirino has ignored his comings and goings and looked at him with spurning eyes. It seemed as if the relationship between Kyōsuke and his sister, now fourteen, would continue this way forever. One day however, Kyosuke finds a DVD case of a magical girl anime which had fallen in his house’s entrance way.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
With a rather good episode previously involving Kirino’s sort of boyfriend that put Kyosuke into a fair bit of jealousy, that had an unexpected event occur. Namely, it got Kuroneko to realize that there’s something really going on here and she had to make a stronger play for Kyosuke than she would otherwise, which allowed her to express her level of interest in him in a straightforward way. That now has her confronting him directly in the way that only she can among this group by being forceful and domineering, even while calling him sempai. The contrast is hilarious in its simplicity but also utterly adorable. She does make it clear what she’s interested in, and hearing her layout the benefits of being her boyfriend is really quite a lot of fun since there are many that would kill for someone like her. And to have her express her feelings so clearly says a lot about her as well.
Not surprisingly, he defers for the moment, promising to give her an answer later, because he really needs to know where he stands with Kirino after all the silliness with her supposed boyfriend. Kirino’s a little vague about things in a way as she’s still dealing with things, and there’s always that undercurrent of not really being sure what it is she’s after in the long run, if she even knows herself. This just puts Kyosuke in an even more awkward spot because he was hoping for some clarity, but all anyone seems to give him is just general support and the promise to be a good ear to listen to his problems. Even Manami gets in on the action a bit like this, providing him friendship and a sort of general support, but nothing in terms of actual suggestions or advice. Which can be good in some ways, but at the same time you really just want someone to stake out a position.
Thankfully, Kyosuke does actually stake one out and asks Kuroneko out, which you know has to surprise her in some ways since she knows what he’s like. Her reactions are hilarious when she gets back home and you just have to love her all the more. Kyosuke is fun to watch as well as he realizes what he’s done and that he really can be interested in her – and that he should probably call her by her real name. The potential for a real girlfriend that actually likes him is hilarious when the ramifications set in. The show doesn’t go too heavily into things, though we some jealousies creeping in and there’s also some good stuff with the larger group itself as more aspects start to surface. When things become more public, it just gets sillier and considering the way people viewed Kyosuke before, it leads to some great bits of comedy.
Whenever a show makes any form of forward progress, particularly when it comes to what is essentially a romantic comedy, you have to be pleased. These kinds of shows tend to just play coy for so much – if not all – of it that there’s never any payoff and it can get problematic after awhile. Seeing Kyosuke go forth with Kuroneko is a wonderful change of pace for things and both of them have to deal with a wide variety of issues, social conventions and just plain young pervy natures that come into play. Kuroneko is someone that hasn’t won me over much prior to the previous episode, but between that and her surprising openness in this episode about things, she’s quickly become my favorite of the series and has me hoping that things can work out in the end as the two have a really interesting dynamic.
Streamed By: Crunchyroll
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