You know how sometimes when you are watching an anime episode, it will have a moment that makes you go “FINALLY!”? Well, you probably won’t say finally, but rather something more like:
THAT TOOK TOO *beep*ING LONG.
*beep* this show for taking so long.
Okay, well you get the idea or at least I will pretend you do.
Anyway, Haganai S2 episode 8 had not one, but two such moments.
MOMENT #1: There is a limit to Kodaka’s density.
One of the constant complaints of the various folk watching this show is that the characters don’t even realize that they are friends.
The club was originally formed with the purpose of making friends, but it has been obvious since close to the beginning, that the club members are already good friends and yet no one in the show seem to realize this most basic, most obvious fact.
Given her super smarts and common sense (something most of the other characters are severely lacking in), it would be quite appropriate to assume that Rika was the first person to figure this out. She is also the best character in the show, so obviously she will figure out stuff first.
And given her
delicious, pouting expression when Kodaka announced his desire to make more friends, it can be assumed that Rika already considered them all to be friends. In other words, Rika had realized something that the audience had known since close to the beginning.
This was good, but this wasn’t the “FINALLY!” moment.
No, that moment came a bit later shortly after Kodaka asked Rika what was wrong:
This moment made me go:
THAT TOOK TOO *beep*ing LONG!
I personally think that Kodaka is a pretty good MC. Unlike most other harem MC’s, he has no desire to get in the pants of the girls (quite unfortunate for Rika though) and he has a good deal of common sense. His seemingly infinite denseness on this simple matter though was always his most annoying characteristic in my eyes, especially since he seemed to be more social than most of the other characters (with perhaps the exception of Sena).
That is why I was very happy to see that he already thinks of them as friends. He has just been not willing to admit it yet. I am not sure why he doesn’t think he is ready for something as simply as friendship, but at the very least, he knows he isn’t ready so I am happy.
MOMENT #2: Sena throws Yozura off of her high horse.
There are two reasons why I really liked this moment.
The first reason is quite simply that I got to see Sena diss Yozura and Yozura subsequently got upset.
Poopface Yozura deserves to be sad.
The second and perhaps less shallow reason is that I was getting very tired of Yozura’s constant obsession with her past relationship with Kodaka.
I mean sure, after Kodaka left her, Yozura became a boring person and absolutely nothing worth noting happened in her life, but still!
In a harem, all of the haremettes are meant to enter the gladiator rink, bare everything and fight on even ground! It is meant to be a battle to the death and one that should not have childish childhood memories drama!
Okay, well, I will admit that in most harems, the “childhood friend I haven’t seen for a long time” almost always wins, but still!
So, anyway, even if I put aside my childish opinions on Yozura’s character, this moment was very important. It gave Yozura the kick to realize something that she likely already knew quite well. It was the moment that set her on her path to recovery and hopefully helped her realize that she can make friends in the current time to.
So, that is why I was glad that Sena (and subsequently Kodaka to) helped out Yozura. It was a moment that had to come sometime and while it took longer than I hoped, I am glad that it finally came.
p.s. As a total aside, I felt sorry for poor Sena when Yozura basically said that she’d be better of if Sena didn’t exist.
p.s. 2 Here is another picture of Rika I had lying around.