Impression – Hentai Ouji to Warawanai Neko., Episode 03

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Episode 03 – “Say Something Before You Get Sad”

Our Youto is growing up, as he finally takes responsibility for lying to Azusa. He tracks down her “friends” and asks them what happened at their old school. Apparently, they had told her that their class trip was to Hokkaido rather than Okinawa. What was supposed to be innocent fun turned into a horrible prank when Azusa flew all the way to Hokkaido by herself and found herself alone. This hit me pretty hard. Just seeing her at the airport with her luggage all by herself got me pretty emotional. The girls never meant any harm and only teased her because she had funny reactions. It just goes to show that everyone has their limits, and sometimes we forget or take it for granted.

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Because of this incident, it’s easy to see why Azusa has trust issues with making friends. By putting on a ladylike facade, she’s able to push people away and doesn’t have to worry about getting hurt again. Youto convinces her that this isn’t the way she should be living her life. After a mother-approved abduction, he takes her to the stony cat and promises that she doesn’t need her facade. True friendships are built upon every single layer of someone’s personality, after all. With this, Azusa wishes to get rid of her facade, which returns to Youto.

Next, we get a look at Youto’s and Tsukiko’s true first encounter (finally more excitable Tsukiko!). While it was still in high school, Youto catches her messing around with masks (both physical and metaphorical). Tsukiko tells him that her dream is to become a kindergarten teacher, but she lacks the authoritative figure. This is why she was experimenting with a scary oni mask, but Youto tells her that she should put on a mask that better suits her. She comes back a later day with a cat mask and tells him that she’s been a big success with the little kids. Tsukiko also says that she’s going to be attending his high school in the future and that they should meet. He has no idea what she looks like under the mask though, which acts as a test for him. I would say he’s already failed twice if that’s the case…

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Henneko is really growing into something great, possibly my favorite from this season. The characters are showing lots of development in a relatively short period of time. This episode had a couple great scenes like Azusa’s past (which almost made me cry!) and the part where Tsukiko puts on a very dispassionate slideshow performance. While Youto outright says he doesn’t have romantic feelings for Azusa, there might be something forming between him and Tsukiko. This is also doesn’t mean Azusa will stop trying to gain his favor either. In fact, he has a date scheduled with both of them! We’ll have to wait until next week to see how that plays out.

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