Nyan Koi’s been fairly consistent, but it’s getting somewhat formulaic and getting stuck in "pretty good" land. Or basically, it is what I thought it would be when the season began. The fleeting hints of Seto no Hanayome greatness were probably just that – hints. Which isn’t to say I didn’t enjoy this last episode, because I did. It just wasn’t anything special.
There’s nothing like taking a trip to Kyoto while smuggling a cat in your luggage. I can’t remember that cat’s name, and I’m not going to bother to check since we’re never going to see him again. That cat shall be known as "Tama’s friend" from henceforth. Anyway, kudos to Junpei’s sacrifice, because I bet Tama’s friend left enough cat hair in that suitcase to last for weeks. On another note, I feel like all the Kyoto jokes went over my head.
Like for example, the tour guide woman. Was her look and mannerisms a Kyoto in-joke? I bet she had a funny accent too. The montage of her popping up in between Junpei having to help random cats was pretty funny and well paced. I bet he helped like 10 cats during this trip. He’s up to around 30 or so by my count…which means he has 5 episodes left to save the other 69 cats. Yeah, good luck with that buddy. Junpei may want to leave an offering for neko-Jizou to get him a second season to work with.
Unfortunately, we had a lack of twins this episode. But their scene was strnagely cute. Maybe it’s the sound of Hauka Tomatsu whining and shushing herself at the same time. And lol at the random humor. The boys love reading bus driver, Junpei’s happy thumb, and the "girls are not baby-makers" quote from Junpei plays-cool-but-really-is-a-perv friend. Nyan Koi does do that well.
For an onsen episode, I thought it was pretty light on the fanservice (and thankfully free of the black hole censorship), but we did get some nice angles of Kaede. I approve.
The quick visual gags of Kanako being a third wheel were great. I especially loved the picture of her being the horse. But the gags where Kanako beating the crap out of Junpei… has sort of worn itself out. I really wish AIC would explore some of Kanako’s more deredere moments from the manga, because her one-sided bitchiness is making her a magnet for fan hate. And to be fair, that fan hate is justified. I mean, when all she does is beat up Junpei, get in the way of his moments with Kaede, and then hypocritically blame him for not being honest with his feelings, you can pretty much expect people to hate her.
No those cats above are not starring in some weird doujinshi. In a twist of fate, Tama stumbles along a small kitten who just happens to be the son of Tama’s friend. This small kitten shall be dubbed, "Neko-chan" from henceforth. Little Neko-chan may want to invest in some therapy. Because it turns out he may have some half brothers out there, because his dad’s a sleaze and apparently cheated on his mom while she was pregnant with him. The site of Neko-chan’s mom smacking her husband silly and strangling him was too hilarious. Especially in contrast to Josephine and his wife, Cindia’s very blissful marriage. Who said you couldn’t learn family values from cats?
What’s Nagi’s cat Josephine doing in Kyoto in the first place? Well, it turns out Kyoto is Nagi’s family’s true home, and it just so happens that they were gathering for the yearly family meeting – which basically consisted of Nagi turning down all her henchmen for marriage. Nagi’s family is doing it all wrong. She can’t marry her own henchmen. What they need to do is find another clan and match her with the head male there. Seriously, the Ichinose clan needs to be a little more on the ball. However, seeing Junpei in Kyoto has sparked the destiny card for Nagi. And it looks like ExecutiveOtaku was right and Nagi might throw her hat back into the ring. Man, I did not expect that. Seriously. What the heck happened to hoes before bros? Tsk tsk tsk.
Josephine’s got the right idea. You gotta stop chasing after the hares and go after the grade A chicks. Hares barely have any meat on them, and chickens are much more delicious. Oh wait. What’s that? These hares were what? Metaphorical? Whoops. My bad. *Makes sheepish face. Cue laughtrack.* That’s all folks! I’m here all week. Thank you! Thank you!