*Note: This Episode Rambling will be longer than previous ramblings*
Remember that time when we all finished reading Chapter 37? We were in pretty good moods, and I’m pretty sure many of us were all like,”Banzai! Cheers! Now we know how the adaptation is going to end! Happy Ending for Junichi X Yame san!”
I was certain too. Sure, some changes might be inevitable, considering the length of the show (10 episodes long). And they happened. Just as we have all foreseen.
Except that the deviations were much more drastic than any of us could have possibly anticipated.
After having seen the extent of these deviations in the first three episodes, I was a bit worried about how the studio NAZ had handled the episode 4, which focuses on Kashii arc(A.K.A. Glasses-Kun’s Favorite Arc+Reason/Motivation for him to have spent hours to translate Ch31-37 on Photoshop). Just a tiny bit…yep, just a bit. It’s not like I don’t believe in Studio NAZ. I mean that studio did pretty good projects like….*checks and scrolls through its MAL page*…like…well, taste is subjective, so I won’t say anything. There is no such thing as a bad show, I daily tell myself. It’s just that some shows don’t pique our interests.
And seeing tweets like these certainly didn’t ameliorate the foreboding feeling I had at the back of my mind.
#Gratitude To My Twitter Followers For Warning Me…
Nevertheless, after several years of spending time with these mediums of storytelling (Manga/Anime) that are unfortunately seen with strong social prejudice, I came to learn that one should not rashly judge or make assumptions. So I prepared myself mentally and went in to battle field. To see the studio’s adaptation, decisions and depiction of Kashii. I read Aho Girl, and for those who are unfamiliar with the name, it basically means my mind is ready for any surprise or whatsoever.
And I got KOed quickly.
I feel as if first three episodes have been preparing me for this episode… Surprisingly, I felt less bittersweet/sour about the deviations than I had expected. I guess somewhere deep inside, I had already expected huge deviations.
But man, shoving 7 chapters worth of content(About 140 pages) into one episode? Has such thing ever been done before? I think it’s unprecedented; wow, cheers to Studio Naz. The pacing was absolutely avant-garde. Nene arc, which was supposed to happen before Kashii’s arc and build up the tension+develop characters+their relationships, completely flew out of the window.
While I was watching the episode, my face was—most of the time—like Leulouch’s in the gif above. Because at this point, I had absolutely no idea of how this show was going to end. The chapter 37, which we thought we would see on either episode 9 or episode 10, was finished on episode 4. Studio Naz completely caught the manga readers like us off guard. The shopping Scene? Kashii blushing at the mall scene? The park scene? The slap scene? The make-up kiss scene?Even the conversation about the trip between Yame and Junichi, which prepares the setting and the story for chapter 38-39 in manga, flew out of the window too. It’s as if story devices in HnG suddenly came to life in reality; they are all, one by one, flying out of the window. Wow…it’s tragically beautiful.
I’m not sure if it’s because I already read the manga, but I didn’t feel much emotions when seeing Kashii Kawaii Explosion this time. This shows again, as you probably all understand already, how important gradual character development is.
Now, let’s get to more shorter ramblings~
-Minoru. I honestly don’t know why I bring myself to talk about him in my episode ramblings. He is probably a minor character that nobody cares about….well, I guess that might be the reason why I care.
At this point, rather than the actual show itself, I am more curious about how the studio is going to boost Minoru’s Lolicon Character in the next episode. I feel like I’ve witnessed more of his growth as a lolicon than any growth from Junichi, Yame or anyone. Every episode, I think, “There’s no way the studio can up his lolicon points.” And Studio NAZ has been surprising me with what it can achieve….
-I was a bit surprised to see that Studio NAZ took out the whole 2D rambling from Glasses-Kun (Not me. The one in the show), when Keigo showed Boa to him. Well, I guess it means that Glasses-Kun took a step closer to being a decent human/ functional member of society. So good for him.
I didn’t expect him and other buddies to show up along with Ranko at the rooftop to save Junichi from Kashii though. When I saw the four shadows, I was like,”W-wait, is it ‘them’?” I guess that was pretty considerate/cool of them. In the adaptation, they’ve been usually portrayed as slightly douche to the MC, so this is a nice refreshing change. While this situation worked out for the show, I don’t think it necessarily would have for the manga though. Just because the circumstance in manga is illustrated as more serious/heavy, whereas the situation in the adaptation just seems…bizarre/absurd.
*This is prob the only scene in the whole series, in which Glasses-Kun will appear suave.
-Ranko. Surprisingly, I’m coming to like her as a character thanks to the adaptation. The EDM in Ranko-arc based episode during her first appearance was pretty G.
-Kashii. It’s a bit of a shame that the studio didn’t include in scenes for stuffs that reflect her psychological state. Like this one:
And I only have one other thing to say regarding her character.
I actually didn’t notice that the thing tying her hair was a snake-like hair rubber band. If it weren’t for a comment in the MAL discussion forum, I prob wouldn’t realized it anytime soon. I think the adaptation made the hair rubber design stand out more than the author did in the manga. I guess the design supposedly reflects Kashii’s sly and cunning nature. That’s a nice detail…
And Glasses-Kun’s HnG Episode 4 rambling ends here! I believe that the next episode will focuse on Nene, and man….I’m willing to bet that they are going to shove the entire Nene arc into that one episode too. I guess the rest of the show (5 episodes) will probably have Ch38-39 and a beach episode. But to be frank, with what we’ve seen so far, only studio NAZ and the author know what direction the studio is going towards.
How do you guys feel about the episode, the adaptation and what’s going to happen afterward in the second half of this show?
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