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Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Episode 7

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Yep. I’m pretty sure this is the only legitimate way to use a cellphone’s built in camera feature. Besides taking snapshots to show everyone how much more expensive and tasty your lunch was than ours, of course.

Night Call

Summer is here and the heat is on, causing Kobato to think twice about joining her brother for any kind of outing, Neighbors Club or no. At school, Kodaka finds the other club members are equally restless with irregular turnouts and Yukimura as the only constant, fastidiously attending to his duty as his underling. On a certain rainy day, Kodaka shows up alone with only Yukimura in his company; the next day he raises the issue of finding a way to find out if and when others will be coming to club meetings. Rika finally suggests simply using their cell phones to keep in touch, and the members begin trading contact information.

 

 

Sena, however, doesn’t have a phone of her own, and feels so left out she can only sit in front of blank TV pretending to play video games while Kodaka and Yozora manually enter their information. The concept of receiving SMS messages causes them both to exult in rapture. When Kodaka asks Sena for her contact information, Yozora takes advantage of the situation to further alienate her by making a call to Kodaka’s phone, mocking her in an obvious ruse. Again humiliated by Yozora’s constant abuse, Sena (surprise) leaves the room in tears.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“I’m giving you a night call to tell you how I feel…”

 

At night, Kodaka is jolted awake by a call from Sena who demands to know the make and model of his cell phone and sure enough shows up with a matching model the next day. She returns to the clubroom, triumphantly showing off her new phone to an indifferent Yozora, who summarily expels her from the room with her customary abuse. In an attempt to dole out some payback, Sena texts Kodaka for Yozora’s phone number. The plan backfires, however, when Yozora preempts Sena and pranks her with an onslaught of infinite spam messages, causing her to run back to the clubroom for Kodaka’s assistance. Visibly offended, Yozora abruptly leaves.

Look on my cellphone, ye mighty, and despair!


Bad Connection

How come these guys waited until episode 7 before they even entertained the thought of trading contact info? It’s funny how Kodaka and Yozora bemoan their lack of tech savvy when the huge gap in know-how becomes apparent between them and their kohai, but why are they altogether behaving like they’re complete modern day luddites?

Given, the whole series is founded on the premise of social ineptitude but it’s still kind of pushing it for both Yozora and Kodaka to marvel at the wonders of what is by all accounts surely standard for current cellphone technology specifications. These are adolescents we’re talking about after all, and Japanese adolescents to boot: teens from a nation that excels at, indeed thrives on, creating gadgets and devices for what often seems the most superfluous, impractical applications imaginable.

Yozora, Yozora. Simply incorrigible. She just doesn’t seem to know how to play nice with Sena, whom she obviously sees as a rival for Kodaka’s attention. He still has that courtesy visit to pay to Sena’s father too, which has the potential to become a source of much misunderstanding while caught between two very difficult personalities. Ganbare yo, shounen.

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Episode 6

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Let’s -KARAOKE TIME!

Kodaka recalls his father informing him and his sister of their imminent move and his anxiousness to tell his friend before leaving town. They plan to meet the next day but unfortunately his friend never shows up for Kodaka to be able to give “him” the bad news…

As the end of the term nears, Yozora takes account of the club’s progress towards making real friends and finds everyone still as friendless as they were as when they first joined. Both Sena and Kodaka remark how their reputations have actually been damaged as a result of participating in club activities, misunderstandings notwithstanding.

Yozora knows just which "buttons" to push to get to Sena

Sena first mentions the idea of going to karaoke but her suggestion is quickly hijacked by Yozora, who quickly organizes a karaoke club outing and makes a point of excluding her when she feigns disinterest in the activity. Yozora forces Sena (in Yozora fashion) to beg to be allowed to come along until she realizes she doesn’t need Yozora’s permission in the first place. Yozora’s bullying ends with Sena leaving the room in tears.

 

The next day, Kodaka and Kobato meet up with Yozora, Sena, Yukimura and Rika at the station, from where they make the ten-minute walk to “Echoes from the Abyss:” a rather strange name for a karaoke parlor. Almost as though the owners couldn’t think of what to call it and just let Kobato name the place.

Yozora is outraged at what she believes to be suspiciously overpriced fees for group rates and teams up with Sena in a plan to get by for cheap by individually paying for singles. However, Kodaka does not go through with the scheme and pays for the remaining club members and himself. Thus while everyone else shares a room with Kodaka, Yozora and Sena go off to their own rooms. Alone. By themselves. Solo. In isolation. Rather than concede their fault and join the others, it seems they’d just as well pay the price for their stinginess with no one else bothering to ask if they are really fine with singing all by themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And so, without further ado, the segment where each character gets to showcase their respective seiyuu’s singing ability. Traditionally, karaoke scenes have been a staple of school-life harem and romance-comedy anime, although it may find its way to other genres, and is generally a hit-and-miss affair. Primarily, it comes down to raw singing ability of the seiyuu, but song choice is also factor to some extent.

Here, however it works reasonably well as Kimura Ryohei has relatively decent singing ability; Fukuen Misato is pretty good; but the issue arises when we are denied the divine moeness of Hanazawa Kana’s turn at the mic. The profound cruelty of this injustice is somewhat mitigated, however, by a duet (ironic in context, isn’t it?) featuring Inoue Marina and Itou Kanae. On a slight tangent, this batch of insert songs are actually pretty good. For anyone interested, full versions probably won’t be available until spring next year.

As the day ends, the clubmates go their separate ways, and Yozora announces club activities will continue throughout the summer. After Yozora (again) bullies Sena into running away crying, she returns some time later to relay her father’s invitation to Kodaka to visit him at his home. Relishing the sight of how uncomfortable this news makes Yozora, it seems Sena is finally able to frustrate the girl who always comes out better in an exchange.

So I guess the outing wasn’t a complete failure per se. In fact the majority of the group, i.e. the ones who weren’t singing alone in their own individually rented rooms, rather enjoyed themselves. So apart from Yozora’s and Sena’s failed protest, everything went pretty smoothly.

 


 

 

 

 

 

Hm? Still More Fighting? You know, actually I’m not convinced after all. Not everyone enjoyed the experience of singing together as a group so no dice this time either. Blame it on Yozora and Sena’s dysfunctionalism.

 

CLUB ACTIVITY: KARAOKE
RESULT: FAILED (やっぱり 失敗)

To reiterate, I don’t know anything about the visual novel but having come this far I was expecting exchanges between Yozora and Sena to be more even rather than all-out verbal beatdowns on Yozora’s part. Good for Sena for not being completely humiliated for once. It’s much more interesting than seeing her running away crying all the time.


Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Episode 5

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One evening during dinner, Kobato expresses her frustration with Kodaka spending so much time with his club activities. The next morning, she awakens to find Kodaka already hard at work in the kitchen preparing dish after dish of sumptuous side dishes. She is thrilled at first to see so much quality food but becomes sullen and leaves the room when Kodaka again mentions some of it is reserved for Maria.

At school, Kodaka finds Maria eating yet another bag of chips, courtesy of Yozora, which she has been stockpiling in a cabinet in the room.

Insisting she eat proper food, he hands her the bento he brought for her and comments how Maria reminds him of Kobato when she was younger. Curious, Maria confirms that Kodaka in fact has a younger sister and gushes how he seems like an older brother type. As Kodaka leaves to return to his classroom, Maria addresses him as “onii-chan,” taking him by surprise.

Yozora notices Kodaka’s lunchtime routine has changed recently; and when Maria arrives she thanks Kodaka “onii-chan” effusively for the delicious lunch he prepared, criticizing Yozora’s chips in the process. Her complaint earns her a withering stare, ending Maria’s rant. When Rika inquires about Maria’s sudden familial familiarity, Kodaka can only sheepishly explain Maria has unofficially adopted him as an older brother figure.

In the midst of yet another one of her gaming sessions, Sena casually gives voice to her wish to live in a game world; and seeing Yozora’s reaction, she is mortified to find she has carelessly revealed a secret desire.

Rika tells Sena she has perhaps the next best thing: a Beta version of an upcoming release being developed by one of the software companies she programs for – Romancing Saga XIV (Beta version) from Largehard, a multiplayer 3D RPG boasting virtual gameplay via means of a panoramic headset and controller. When the game loads and everyone has finished selecting their characters, the club members realize the appeal and effectiveness of their chosen job classes vary considerably, with Kodaka coming out on bottom as the weakest link:

Poor Kodaka. His “wizard” character is so lame and, according to Rika (in a blatant parody of FF X-2′s Gunner Yuna), is actually nothing more than a 30-year-old virgin. Too make matters worse, he has no magic ability, rendering him completely useless. I wonder how much research is actually necessary to find THE composite, stereotypical depiction of the average otaku.

Sena’s blacksmith. It seems the team at Largehard failed to properly account for players of Sena’s endowment and ran out of sarashi for the character model. Not that I’m complaining.

Isn’t the fact that Yozora chose a job class like “Rose Girl” coupled with the gleeful bouncing she did over her costume sort of telling about certain hidden aspects of her personality? Still, Yozora is Yozora, feeling no compunction over tricking Sena into meeting her untimely demise at the hands of the final boss.

And then we have Samurai Yukimura, redeeming a measure of manhood in compensation for wearing a maid’s uniform all day; and Maria, ostensibly a cleric, cosplaying as some character from a series whose side story proved more popular than the main anime. Thus outfitted, the party enters the last dungeon of the game after only a single enemy encounter’s worth of experience to their credit. No grinding allowed. It’s only a beta after all. Because the boss is in essence invincible, the entire party is wiped out one by one, netting the dreaded Bad Ending.

CLUB ACTIVITY: Romancing Saga XIV (Beta)
RESULT: FAILED (失敗)

Turns out when “Maria” snapped out of her stupor to save the day it was actually Kobato. Tired of only getting Kodaka’s leftover time, she has come to the clubroom to find out why he spends so much time there and see what the Neighbors Club is all about. Maria awakens and rushes over to Kodaka “onii-chan.” Seeing someone she doesn’t know taking her brother as their own doesn’t particularly sit well with Kobato, and she takes the opportunity to express her displeasure in the most mature, civilized way possible: by calling Maria an idiot. Kiddy meltdowns are never pretty, and this one is no exception. Although Maria staunchly opposes it, Kobato officially joins the club with Yozora’s approval. That night, Kobato sneaks into Kodaka’s room as he sleeps, lying next to him, comforting herself with the knowledge Kodaka is her brother.

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I love the priceless Index and OreImo references.

While the fantasy sequences are entertaining and provide a suitable vehicle for the good majority of the jokes, this episode’s club activity felt longer than in previous episodes. At any rate, I’m glad to see Kobato move up from being relegated to a mere couple minutes’ worth of brief at-home scenes to a more prominent supporting role within the main cast. Anything that nets Hanazawa Kana more screentime is fine by me.

Kodaka doesn’t seem like a thoughtless older sibling, although he does appear somewhat more distant and distracted than at the beginning of the series. It’s clear Kobato definitely has some insecurity on her part and she needs some validation and comfort from her only sibling, especially since she has already created an alternate personality as a coping mechanism.

Heads up, Kodaka.

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Episode 4

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Kodaka’s stalker is revealed, and a mad scientist makes her entrance. For those who enjoy the thrill of mecha in the heat of fierce engagement, you’re about to get your fix. Sort of. Subtitles in select screencaps for your amusement.

Ave Maria

One afternoon, Kodaka visits the clubroom to find a young girl in a nun’s habit sleeping there. Kodaka is puzzled at the sight of an elementary school-age child dressed as a sister until Yozora and Sena arrive. The girl awakens and recoils at the sight of Yozora, accusing her of duping her out of the clubroom (which she had been using previously as her personal nap area). Yozora introduces the girl as Takayama Maria-sensei (Iguchi Yuka), one of the resident sisters of St. Chronica and the Neighbors Club’s official faculty sponsor, a position Maria claims Yozora also tricked her into in order to get the club established.

Maria attempts to reassert her claim on the room by renouncing her role as sponsor, an act that effectively dissolves the club, but Yozora appeals to her desire to be treated like an adult to trick her into remaining club sponsor and maintain the status quo. She further manipulates Maria into daily housekeeping responsibilities for the clubroom and other menial tasks, as Kodaka and Sena look on, at a loss for words.

Shortly after, Kodaka confesses to Yozora and Sena that lately he feels he is being watched, almost as though someone were stalking him. His fears are met with derision from Sena, who mocks him but Yozora pledges the club’s assistance to help catch the stalker. They accompany Kodaka as he patrols the school grounds, eliciting stares and uneasy glances from their peers, which Yozora and Sena misinterpret as the staring Kodaka had been anxious about. Frustrated at their lack of perception, he raises his voice in an effort to correct them and incidentally puts every student to flight within a half-mile radius, emptying the grounds of all student activity.

Wait. Isn't that every man's wish?

Returning indoors, Kodaka again senses the presence of an unseen person watching and baits him into revealing himself. Kodaka looks down to see a short, effeminate-looking boy sprawled on the floor. Misunderstanding Kodaka’s actions as extortion, the boy reaches into his back pocket and holds out his wallet, to Kodaka’s severe annoyance. At the clubroom, he introduces himself as Kusunoki Yukimura (Yamamoto Nozomi), a freshman. He admits to being the person who has been stalking Kodaka, explaining he has been the target of bullying. He wishes to learn how to become strong like Kodaka, whom he perceives as a lawless rogue who lives by his own will, defiant of authority, taking what he wants and doing as he pleases.

Yozora approves of his motivation to become more manly and allows him to “learn the ways of men” from Kodaka, recruiting him as a member of the club. She then advises him on how to become an effective “underling” and he subsequently starts calling Kodaka “aniki,” furnishing him at lunchtime with food, manga and other tributes of respect. The act further cements Kodaka’s reputation as a “yankee” in the eyes of his peers. He rushes after Yukimura into the hallway to put a stop to the antics but in passing the Science Lab, he is startled to hear a sudden explosion. He peers into the smoke-filled room to see a girl lying on the floor, unconscious. He quickly rescues her from the noxious fumes and deposits her in the school infirmary. A short time later, the girl tracks him back to his classroom and introduces herself:

She LOOKS normal but...

Shiguma Rika (Fukuen Misato), a first year who prefers to refer to herself in third person. Although her life was not in danger, she insists had Kodaka not acted, she would have met with a very… “sticky fate.” The mere thought causes her to go into fits of ecstasy. With no reservations whatsoever, a very uninhibited Rika begins loudly fantasizing in graphic detail in the middle of the classroom.

She becomes so excited Kodaka has no choice but to lead her to an empty stairwell. Away from the classroom, Rika insists on repaying Kodaka somehow, immediately taking interest in him (and his DNA -interpret that how you will) before returning to class in the Science Lab.

Boy, you're gonna carry that weight...

In the clubroom, Yukimura continues catering to Kodaka, although now dressed as a maid. Yozora explains it is part of a regimen of “special training” to become more manly, which he should strive to emanate regardless of what he happens to be wearing. Sena recognizes Shiguma Rika is a genius who has been employed in making new software and pharmaceuticals since elementary school; she attends St. Chronica with special consideration from the headmaster that allow her to be excused from normal classroom instruction in favor of working in the Science Lab made just for her.

Hearing of Kodaka’s membership in the Neighbor’s club, Rika enters the clubroom and announces her intention to join. Although skeptical at first, Yozora approves her application, which thrills Rika to the prospect of seeing Kodaka on a regular basis.

Which brings us to Rika’s other interests and the nature of the kind of reading material she enjoys. She unfurls a “dirty magazine” she has been carrying around to reveal what really gets her off. Two words: MECHA PORN. Again, subtitles included for your amusement.

At least the girl knows she’s broken.

If anyone is looking for a “sex friend,” Rika is game. No, really she is. See?

Just so long as you know Kodaka is her #1.

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Inoue Marina has been great so far in her role as the tough, manipulative shrew Yozora. She’s one of the seiyuu I’ve always wanted to see more of. I just really like her voice. She has great expressive range, pulling off moe and yandere with equal ease. I’ve always enjoyed her comedic roles (some more than others) but her performance here is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Perhaps she’d taken notes from the Sawashiro School of Deadpan during their stint together at another Catholic school featuring characters of deliberately-ambiguous gender, but I think Fukuen Misato steals the show in this episode. Any seiyuu who can pull off portraying a character with such an outlandishly-bizarre fetish deserves major props.

All the major players have been introduced but perhaps there’s yet another member waiting to join the club…

Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai Episodes 1 – 3

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While I really don’t like compiling multiple episodes into a single post and it is not my general policy, I do wish to get caught up with reviews for this series as soon as possible -especially considering it was one of the new anime titles I originally lined up to cover this Fall. My apologies to those who were waiting for Haganai coverage.

And so it is my hope, gentle readers, you will forgive the rather late start because this really is one of the better offerings in the comedy/slice-of-life genre this season. Haganai is a fun ride, and there are plenty of moments where you may catch yourself laughing out loud. Each episode is solid entertainment.

Directed by Saito Hisashi (Bamboo Blade, Sora no Otoshimono) and featuring original character designs by Buriki (Denpa Onna to Seishun Otoko), Haganai exudes an inviting charm and playful tone that faithfully continues in the spirit of the antics portrayed in creator Hirasaka Yomi’s light novel series.

Welcome to St. Chronica Gakuen, an elite private Catholic school. This is the setting of Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai (僕は友達が少ない) or Haganai (はがない) in shorthand, a heart-warming story of boy meets girl. Well, maybe not that kind of story (at least, not in a conventional sense) but it all does start with the awkward meeting of two social outcasts:

Hasegawa Kodaka (Kimura Ryohei) is a fairly-recent transfer student who has the misfortune of being labelled a “yankee (ヤンキー),” basically a delinquent or thug, by his peers because of his somewhat intimidating appearance. The misunderstanding stems from his blonde-streaked hair, owing to the fact that Kodaka is half English. Although he has difficulty holding a normal conversation with his classmates, he’s actually a pretty nice guy and dotes on his younger sibling Kobato (Hanazawa Kana). Since her discovery of the anime Full Metal Necromancer, she has developed an affinity for gothic lolita fashion, even going so far as to adopt the alter-ego “Reisis V Felicity Sumeragi,” vampire and self-proclaimed mistress of darkness.

Mikazuki Yozora (Inoue Marina): self-willed, headstrong and outspoken, Yozora is considered unapproachable by the vast majority of her classmates. Her bluntness and abrasive personality make her difficult to get along with and as such she finds herself ostracized from would-be friends and acquaintances alike. She spends her days at school in solitude, initially taking solace in an imaginary friend she calls “Tomo” until Kodaka encourages her to make the effort to befriend real people. Inspired, she quickly forms the Neighbors Club (隣人部), inducting him as the first member and wastes no time publishing the club’s formation all over campus via special recruitment posters containing an encoded secret message she drew herself.

Kashiwazaki Sena (Itou Kanae) stops by the clubroom within minutes. Sena happens to be the school headmaster’s daughter and comes from a wealthy background. Because of her family’s name and her prestigious social standing, she is arrogant, narcissistic and condescending of “common” things and people whom she views as beneath her. At school, she is followed by an entourage of male followers who idolize her and cater to her every whim. As such, she views men as mere servants to do her bidding.

Popular and academically accomplished, Sena is resented by the school’s girl population, denying her any real, meaningful relationships. Despite Yozora’s extreme dislike for Sena (whom she refers to with insulting nicknames such as “Meat,” “Cow” and “Bitch”), she joins the club, bringing the total number of members to three within its first day. It is ironic Yozora regards Sena with such animosity, as Sena seems to be the embodiment of everything her imaginary friend Tomo is and more because, well, Sena happens to be a real person.

Episode 2 – Yozora announces the official start of club activities. Gaining friends means… playing video games?

Yozora begins the club meeting by announcing their first activity will be playing the Playing States Portable® game Monster Hunter. Inspired by a group of high school kids she happened to see playing the game, Yozora hopes to use the game’s co-op feature to foster deeper bonds within the club through teamwork. At least, that was her intention.

Reconvening on the following Monday, Yozora discovers Sena has been playing nonstop since their meeting last Friday, which explains her maxed-out stats and 53 hours of game-time.

Delving into their first mission, progressing properly and working together already begins proving problematic when Sena and Yozora inject their real-life hostilities into the game world, severely hampering team dynamics. Sena begins a cycle of reprisals, with both girls simply trying to eliminate the other. And so, as Kodaka observes, the “true hunt begins.” Their one-upmanship contest escalates into all-out war as they bring to bear their full arsenal of spells and weaponry against each other. Clashing ferociously and abandoning all concern for the mission at hand, they leave Kodaka in the background to fend for himself and collect quest items on his own. Eventually, Kodaka is felled by a beast while mining Dragonite ore. He looks up from his PSP® monitor to witness a disturbing sight. Yozora and Sena, over the edge and laughing maniacally -so engrossed in tearing each other apart they’ve lost all sense of their surroundings. And themselves:

As you can see, I’ve opted to include subtitles in this instance to better convey the psychotic depths to which they descended while playing this game.

Depending on each other to foster stronger bonds and deepen our relationships, was it? Right. Good call, Yozora.

CLUB ACTIVITY: Monster Hunter Co-op Play
RESULT: FAILED (失敗)

Later, Kodaka and Yozora return to the clubroom to find Sena setting up a Playing States® III console. Faulting the “stupid idea” of co-op gameplay as the reason for their failure with the last activity, Sena procures the galge Kirameki School Life 7 (きらめき スクール ライフ 7) which she claims will be much more useful for developing conversation and social interaction skills. Though Kodaka has his doubts, Yozora seems enthusiastic enough.

Why can't we get this in the States?

Sena takes control of the protagonist, whom Yozora blithely names “Semoponume”, and guides him through first encounters with several girls. It quickly becomes apparent that both Yozora and Sena are woefully lacking in interpersonal sensitivity, having no idea how to relate to people or consider the feelings of others. This grievous character flaw eventually costs Sena her target girl and brings her much anguish when she is rejected, as she had begun to feel a genuine rapport with the character.

Yukiko----!

CLUB ACTIVITY: Kirameki School Life 7
RESULT: FAILED (失敗)

Sena finds Kodaka the next morning before school. Having cleared all the routes and finished the game overnight, she loans the game to Kodaka, who remarks Sena has now made friends… with seven (2D) girls.

Episode 3 – And now, the obligatory pool/swimsuit/fanservice episode! (Might as well say it beforehand: you can watch the episode if you really want boob shots that badly)

Weird. Judging by this screencap, you'd think it was Yozora who was into eroge.

Kodaka and Yozora find Sena already in the clubroom, engrossed in an eroge on her notebook PC. Yozora condemns Sena as a degenerate for playing something so sleazy on school grounds, but Sena defends the game, Sacred Blackstar (whose characters bear an uncannily striking resemblance to those of a certain light novel/anime title) as being a respectable fantasy/adventure story with introspective themes that “put common literature to shame.”

Yozora puts Sena’s endorsement to the test by having her read the game’s dialogue out loud verbatim, agreeing to read aloud from a comparable “work of art” in return. This proves far too risque for Sena’s sensibilities, however, and she runs out in tears. Keeping her end of the bargain, Yozora begins reciting verse from Nakahara Chuuya.

Kobato = adorable. Of course, it is HanaKana

Kodaka returns home, finding Kobata eagerly awaiting dinner. As they eat, she complains he has been preoccupied with his club activities and demands to know which he values more: his club or her.

In voiceover, Kodaka provides a brief explanation for Kobato’s strange mannerisms, resulting from her obsession with her favorite anime and recounts a brief family history. Apparently, the Hasegawa siblings lived at their current house ten years earlier but moved because of their father’s job and returned when he was getting transferred overseas. Unfortunately, Kodaka doesn’t remember anything from the time they lived there before.

At school, Kodaka and Sena are alone in the clubroom. Smitten with yet another galge heroine, Sena reveals to Kodaka she doesn’t know how to swim and begs him to teach her, fearing inadequacy should she be invited to swim with her “friends” in real life. After gaining Kodaka’s agreement, she makes plans for him to train her at Ryuuguu Land water park on the weekend and makes him swear to keep her secret from Yozora.

On Sunday, Kodaka meets Sena in town where they take a bus together to reach the water park. Sena demonstrates remarkable adaptability, learning quickly. Breaking for lunch, Sena learns their fathers were old friends and Kodaka is treated to a stammering Sena, who confesses she was secretly happy to receive her first nickname, albeit a strange one, from Yozora.

When he returns from the bathroom, Kodaka finds Sena in over her head, fending off the advances of three guys none too thrilled to be rejected. As they leave, Sena taunts them and they turn to render physical retaliation against her, forcing Kodaka to step in and drive them off by using his yankee looks to his advantage. Kodaka reprimands Sena for her careless behavior taunting dangerous guys and tells her that it is his business to care. Outwardly, Sena dismisses the moment with tsundere nonchalance, announcing their outing finished but she is actually secretly glad to have found a reliable friend in Kodaka.

Back home, Kodaka recalls memories of his childhood, when his hair made him the constant target of bullying. At that time, he befriended a “guy” in a cap with whom he fought off his bullies, who taught him a quote about friendship learned from his mother.

After dozing off in the clubroom, Kodaka fully recalls and repeats the friendship quote aloud in front of Yozora, who is visibly shocked at the utterance. “You’ve remembered,” she murmurs under her breath, though her words fail to reach Kodaka, who does not yet recognize Yozora as his childhood friend from long ago.