I can’t believe that Kirino’s friend can be this annoying… Then again, why does this feel like the fourth episode from the first season?
While I enjoyed some parts of this episode, Ria, Kirino’s American friend annoyed me slightly. She is just out of control when she stood near the door naked. I don’t recall this show having a lot of fanservice, except for the same numbered episode in the prequel, but they gone a bit overboard this time. Of course, I blame Kirino for being careless for letting her towel slip and of course, letting her panty show while she spews insults. Calling Kyousuke a lolicon and a pervert was uncalled for. It’s just a big misunderstanding. Because of that, I don’t enjoy this aspect of her compared to her nicer side where she gets obsessed over her hobbies.
Despite the troubles I had with the first half, the second part reveals one thing that the girls have in common: they really enjoy their hobbies with a few differences. The only thing Ria cares about is running and nothing else. In an editorial, which I covered on hobbies, not all of them have a social aspect. Besides culture shock and missing her older brother, I think Kirino became depressed because she couldn’t continue her Otaku hobbies in America and share that passion with people who can understand it. Moreover, it’s difficult to buy anime merchandise, video games or eroge (and play with them). I can understand this since it’s harder to buy merchandise without having to import it compared to watching it since there is a lot of legal streaming sites such as Crunchyroll. In contrast, Ria doesn’t have this problem since she can run anywhere.
In the end, it was a mixed bag. I’m still perplexed by the lack of screen time for Kuroneko. Didn’t she have feelings for Kyousuke, which is why she is blushing? So far, Ayase and Saori had dedicated episode so far while she gets left in the dust. Even though Kyousuke’s confession that he is a siscon does not make things any better, it’s not end of the world! Of course, I feel the same way for Manami, who is getting neglected like any other childhood friend. ¶