In the last episode, Ayase ran into Kirino when the crew heads home from the Summer Comiket. Unfortunately, Ayase feels a bit concerned about Kirino from a feeling that Kirino was hiding something from her. It ultimately opens the Pandora’s box of trouble that causes their friendship to break apart temporarily.
Well sometimes, best friends fight with each other over the dumbest things possible. I have been though a fight with my friends in my life a few times. However, I don’t let them last too long since it affects my feelings as well. Ayase gets upset over something that Kirino is hiding. Kirino tries to run away, but Ayase grabs onto the bag and rips it. As a result, several books fell out and Ayase finds out the dirty things Kirino is reading. As a result, Ayase stop being friends with Kirino because of the negative generalization of Otakus.
Generalization is dangerous since the person is applying the same stereotype to everyone even though they don’t necessarily fit in the same group. I felt that Ayase was generalizing Otakus because of her perception of Otakus. She thinks that they are dirty people who have no life and only want to do perverted things to girls.
What angered me more about this is Ayase’s irrational disapproval that Otakus commit crimes based on the games they play. She accuses the siscon game SisCaly since an Otaku was influenced to use electricity to harm a young girl. Ayase reminds me of those feminists that want to ban all eroge games after the Rapelay incident. These kinds of things piss me off since they don’t understand it. Also, most people wouldn’t mimic what happens in the games since they know what is reality and fiction. Prejudice towards these games amazes me since they just want to push their agenda and they don’t care what other people thinks.
Fortunately, Kyousuke did some research by asking his dad about that incident. It seem that the journalists love to write FUD (fear, uncertainty, doubt) about eroge without doing their research. As a result, the mass media takes advantage of it and spread the fear and mistruth about the incident even though it’s a nonissue. The Rapelay article that CNN posted is one of the big examples. After they published it, the blogosphere and the mass media jumped on it even though it was old news.
From the information Kyousuke had, the perpetrator was not influenced by the game to take that action. He only wanted to take out the stun girl to act violent. Eventually, Ayase believes him, even though she still disapproves of Kirino’s hobby. Out of nowhere, Kirino shows up. She tries to explain her love for eroge and say that it’s part of herself. Ayase still disapproves it until Kyousuke comes up with a big lie. He says that the siscon manga influenced him to make love towards his little sister. As a result gets a big slap from Ayase and becomes overprotective of Kirino. In the end, it worked and they made up.
Ironically, this episode still shouts Rapelay after I watched it. The problem lies with Ayase. Her prejudice towards Kirino’s love for eroge is so irrational because it goes against her beliefs. Ayase should not base her friendship on Kirino’s hobby alone. There are other factors that make her a good person. If she is so popular and gets the best grades, why would her hobby be a factor in continuing or ending a friendship? It feels so wrong.
As for the ending… it sounds horrible.
Next Episode: Child-hood friend time!