“Cinderella Doesn’t Smile”
The identity of who sent Masamune the letter at the end of the last episode is revealed, and it’s not who you might be thinking. Deciding not to let it stop his plans for getting revenge on Aki, Masamune continues to pursue the tactics he’s devised to win her over, but begins to doubt if he has the courage to go through with it.
Masamune seems slated to be another typical rom-com fodder series and that isn’t a bad thing. Hordes of viewers seek these sorts of light hearted entertainment as a way to decompress and what better way to do that then witness a love story unfold amid a slew of cheeky humor?
Episode 2 established what will likely be the running pattern for each episode. Masamune attempts to gain the upper hand on Aki, only to end up feeling humiliated in the end. There was some much needed character development with Yoshino, Aki’s companion/servant, this episode. As light is shed on Yoshino’s background, personality, and motives, viewers realize this ‘Cinderella,’ (as Masamune refers to her), is not just some doormat passively accepting Aki’s control over her. Given how much this episode focused on detailing her character, it seems Yoshino will not be reduced to a supporting role after all.
As with most series, there was a few unnecessary moments of fanservice that had me rolling my eyes. Regardless, it wasn’t too distracting compared to some of the other series I’ve watched this season (*cough* Gabriel DropOut). Since I expect to see this happen every single week, it’s really not worth mentioning anymore.
All in all, Masamune is shaping up to be everything I anticipated. The pacing is on point, the animation is decent, and glimpses of character growth are starting to emerge. If the remainder of this series continues like this, I won’t be disappointed.
-Exploring backgrounds of relevant characters.
-Light hearted and entertaining premise.
-Predictable story (as expected) and reccurring events.
This episode has Masamune doing a lot less posing in front of mirrors and instead focuses on the insecurities that lie beneath his façade. His becoming unnerved by the thought of someone knowing his old nickname leads to the expected paranoia, but doesn’t shake his resolve in getting his revenge on Aki.
Of course, he has played himself up in his own mind as a person capable of carrying out this sort of plot, but really falters when it comes time to act. He spends a great deal of time stressing out about how to ask Aki for her phone number, finding more difficulty with it than I thought was necessary to convey. It gives him a reason though, perhaps out of desperation, to take up Yoshino’s offer for help when she surprisingly takes his side.
Masamune’s interactions with the others don’t make him look any better in this episode. His single minded focus on Aki has him ignoring what is possibly genuine interest from another classmate and using others as a way to further his cause. Aki remains her same terrible self, leading Masamune into a false sense of progress before feeding him another lesson in futility. At least it wasn’t in front of the entire school this time, so perhaps she is softening.
A bit weaker than last week, but Yoshino is a sign that some things are progressing.
– Yoshino is becoming more interesting
– Masamune’s awkwardness is still pretty funny
– Masamune is still a kind of a jerk.
– Numerous panty shots that serve no purpose, given what we learn about Yoshino.
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