Episode two begins and, as is typical with most second episodes of a love com, sets the stage for the side characters present in the novel. In this case, we are presented with NEW CHALLENGER, Twintails Iroha Tsuchiura (Marina Inoue). However, things take a twist quite quickly. Be warned, this episode takes some drama in to create plot, but rest assured the jokes still keep on coming ^^.
The episode starts straight from where episode one left us, with Shuu-chan in tears due to his ultimate shame. However, enter Nao with a kneesocks and swimsuit combo, not coincidentally similar to Shizuru’s getup before someone pulled the plug on her. She of course continues the running gag of tempting her unaware brother, stopping it just perfectly in order to avoid her brother’s suspicions.
However, leave the intro, and the real focus of the episode shifts to Iroha: crazy stalker who’s ridiculously patient, ridiculously coercive, and of course, ridiculously wants to get into Shuu’s pants. Not to reveal too much as usual, but the episode is very forward. VERY very forward. The personality portrayed in this episode seem like they’d fit in an MM universe, while also borrowing some vibes from Welcome to the NHK! Although maybe not as energetic as the former and not as subtle as the latter, the way the character plays out makes it hard not to recall the shows above.
Of particular note this episode is the way Iroha is drawn. I might be biased, but tell me if this doesn’t look like a prettier design than Nao has been drawn as. Not convinced? How about this side by side comparison? Still doubtful? Here’s the nail in the coffin. It seems that Nao, as the comedic protagonist, is doomed to have a simple exaggerated style most of the time. Iroha on the other hand, as the mysterious girl from the past, is blessed with style that places her in a pretty light whenever she’s with her precious Shuu-chan :3. This begs the question then if the third protagonist, class rep, will follow a similar distinctive quality in style.
Jokes-wise, the running gags continue through the series, but there are still some moments that’ll make you physically laugh. The comedic timing during the A.G.E and condom scenes were pretty good, with the latter being impressive due to the perfectly timed sound effects. As always, panty shots and selective censors are abound in the episode, especially with the introduction of a new animal to grace your innocent eyes :3. However, it seems that as other comedies enter this season, Onii-chan seems to have a faded image in comparison. Maybe it’s the art style catching up. Possibly it could be the imouto premise being dried up. Hopefully its gags really start to shine in later episodes, or else it may lag behind due to the bias of Super Comedy Monday (Level E, Zombie, and Dragon Crisis). However, the show itself is still a pleasant watch and still exceeds expectations I set beforehand.