Months after their hearts were broken, Mugi and Hanabi reunite amidst their school’s cultural festival.
Troubled by her seemingly genuine feelings for Kanai, Akane joins him on a trip to a hot springs resort – where he confronts her with a startling proposal.
Sanae invites a heartbroken Hanabi to her family’s summer retreat. Atsuya invites himself. This post isn’t really about any of that.
Having both found peace with their unrequited feelings, Hanabi and Mugi agree to confess to their respective crushes, get rejected and move on, but things don’t exactly go according to plan. Meanwhile, Sanae reunites with her cousin for a bizarre round of romance counseling.
For both Moca and Hanabi, going on a boring date with an insufferable jackass turns out to be the perfect antidote to their twisted pride. Whether that’s a good thing, however, that’s a whole other question.
We’re past the halfway point of this season already, which means it’s once again time to pick our favourite anime song of the season. With JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure absent from the lineup for the first time in what seems to be forever, the path is clear for a larger variety of songs to be featured, most of which from shows probably no one’s even watching.
… Because for the sake of my own mental health, I need to take a break from coming up with metaphors for how perverse watching this show spiral out of control makes me feel and getting angry at people on the Internet for still defending Ecchan. See you next week, if I haven’t died from vicarious shame by then.
In spite of the easier solace they’ve found in the arms of others, Hanabi and Mugi fail to let each other go as Akane’s manipulations of the two grow ever more blatant. Torn apart by the risk of losing the tree people she cares about the most, Hanabi asked Mugi to take their relationship to the next level.
Her mask of wholesome innocence shattered, Akane sets Kanai up to profess his love to her before Hanabi’s eyes. Scared to confront Mugi with his beloved’s vicious true nature, Hanabi decides to risk her friendship with Sanae in search of relief.
Struggling to cope with Sanae’s confession, Hanabi runs back to Mugi, who has his own sexual frustrations to deal with. Things get complicated even further when the couple runs into Akane during a frustrated late-night date.
Hanabi and Mugi’s relationship starts to attract some attention, and not all of it positive. While Mugi’s jealous childhood friend attempts to annoy Hanabi into giving back her one true love, Sanae Ebato seeks to cut some pesky spacing from her current status as Hanabi’s only girl friend.
Hanabi and Mugi seem like the perfect couple, but in reality, their hearts belong to someone else: Hanabi is head over heels for her homeroom teacher, who she’s known ever since she was little, while Mugi has the hots for his former tutor. No one knows they’re only dating to share their grief and soothe their own loneliness. Yet how much longer can they keep up the charade when the targets of their affections start getting closer to each other?
Part 1 of our winter preview guide was pretty bleak and part 2 is not much better. Fortunately there are some glimmers of hope. The most notable is the return Little Witch Academia, Trigger’s magical OVA series now formatted for TV. Aqua tells me Scum’s Wish is also good if you like horrible people doing horrible things, but if that turns out feel free to place 100% of the blame on him. Let us know if anything else looks interesting to you, brave readers, and we’ll see you soon with our first looks in the next few days.