The Hentai Prince and the Stony Cat: Episode 3

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Recap: Youto makes up with Azusa and tells her the truth about why he has been stalking her. She wishes her facade away and he is back to normal

Tsukiko is becoming jealous of Youto’s relationship with Azusa, but she can’t express herself properly. Both girls have invited Youto on a date. It’s obvious that he only has feelings for Tsukiko, but with inability to show emotion on her face who knows how this will go down?

Chronic overreaction syndrome.

Chronic overreaction syndrome.

Lifesong’s Thoughts: Youto sure got his facade back faster than I was expecting. I guess it’s not that hard to get your wish undone if you can find the person who received what you lost. I assume Tsukiko will have a much harder time finding her lost expression. I had originally assumed that her sister took it, but things don’t seem to be developing in that direction.

I appreciate how honest Youto was with Azusa and how clear this anime has made it that Tsukiko is his only love interest, well if he can be said to have one at all. Youto seems to be very occupied by the idea of girls in swimsuits and I’m not sure if he really cares about anything else. Hopefully he will develop some now that his facade has returned to him.

Pictured: Totally not bitches.

Pictured: Totally not bitches.

I’m impressed by how interesting this story has been so far. I hope it will continue to be that was as we progress and won’t just deteriorate into a typical love triangle with predictable results. I am also curious to find out who took Tsukiko’s expression. I am willing to bet that whoever got it won’t be as willing to part with it as Azusa was with Youto’s facade.

Azusa makes a pretty decent character for a typical loli tsundere who misunderstands the world around her. It was a nice twist to see that those bitches at her old school were just jerks and not actively trying to ruin her life like is usually the case in anime. I am a little worried about her part in the rest of the story, but I’m all in for now. Will she become the annoying third wheel that destroys this anime? Or develop into an interesting character on her own right? Only time will tell.

Sanctioned kidnapping in progress.

Sanctioned kidnapping in progress.

Marlin’s Thoughts: This show is seriously the cutest thing of the entire season. From the character designs to the interactions I’ve really been enjoying the entire production. That said, the events of this episode really do create a do or die kind of scenario. To have Youto’s problems fixed so quickly means a dynamic shift in the plot. I actually wonder if, now that Azusa knows his true feelings, she might actually try to pursue him in a kind of roll reversal of the last few episodes. I do like that this would seem to imply the adorable relationship between Youto and Tsukiko will be getting more focus. The idea of the two of them knowing each other before the start is a bit old hat, but I’m hopin’ this show can execute it properly.

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