Another beauty appears to challenge Misato.
While we got a glimpse of the highly energetic Haruka, the focus is primarily on the attractive long black-haired girl. Kurugaya is perhaps one of the most attractive girls seen thus far with the long hair, cleavage and her mysterious personality. Not only that, she is very intelligent for the fact she skips classes and have the highest exam grades.
Like her intelligence, her fighting skills are amazing and she manages to easily beat Misato who didn’t take the battle too seriously. While she ends up breaking the rules in the end, she shows her awesome use of the toy sword and forfeited for accidentally using her fists instead. After this ordeal, Little Busters got themselves a new member that will become a strong contender for the team, especially when she manages a home run on the first try.
In addition to Kurugaya’s appearance, we got to see a bit of Haruka. Even though she is cute and energetic, it’s funny to see her complain about the book she stole. Apparently, there was pudding inside the idiom dictionary. It makes me wonder why anyone would do such a thing? We will never know…
Aside from Kurugaya’s introduction, I have some unreserved feelings about this episode. While it’s not bad, it felt a little inconsistent. Compared to the jokes in the last episode, the same cannot be said about this one. One of the prime examples is Riki sitting on the chair that spontaneously fell apart. It basically left me with a surprised look. This is probably one of the most poorly executed jokes I witnessed so far even though I can’t be judgmental for the fact that I haven’t completed the source material. Still, I think this sentiment will change once everyone gets introduced. Don’t forget, it took about 5-6 episodes for Kanon and Clannad to get things rolling before they got to the plot. Still, I think some of this has to do with Jun Masada taking a softer approach compared to what we seen in his previous works.