I apologize for making this post now. I understand that episode 12 is already out, but I watched 11 pretty recently and felt I had to make a short post (mostly a rant though).
Some Notes on Haganai episode 11:
Rika is still the best
My love for Rika is no secret and that love only got stronger thanks to episode 10 and 11.
In these two episodes, Rika had some incredibly moving conversations with Kodaka. She had some wonderful facial expressions and her lewdness was as high as it has always been.
I particularly liked the conversation between Rika and Kodaka in the infirmary. It was sweet, intimate and involved Yaoi holes. I can’t complain about any of that.
I am just going to say this now in case I don’t make another post on Haganai, but Rika is one of my favorite characters this season and maybe even one my favorite characters of all time. She of all people definitely deserves one of my “Saviors of Winter 13” posts.
I don’t hate Yozura as much now.
I know I have been a bit harsh on Yozura lately, but I actually liked her this episode. I like to think that Yozura has two different modes of operation.
- Childhood friend mode
- President Mode
When Yozura is in her “Childhood friend mode”, then she is really quite annoying. I don’t like how she gets fussy over her childhood memories. I don’t like how she gets really jealous over Kodaka and well in general, I don’t like her.
I like her a lot more in her “President Mode”. This is the mode she is in when she is leading the club and coming up with interesting activities. This is the mode she is in when she is ruthlessly defending the club from outside interference (e.g. The Student Council). I like Yozura a heck of a lot more when she is in this mode.
Sena had an excellent confession
I haven’t watched much anime this season, but from what I have seen, Winter 13 seems to have been oddly lacking in the “love confession” area.
Sena’s confession made up for it.
I am not sure if I can brainstorm and categorize exactly what kind of anime confessions I like right now, but in general, there are two types that I do like:
- Super Sweet Confessions (e.g. The Taiga under blanket kiss scene in Tora Dora. Well, that’s post confession, but w/e)
- Confessions that come out of nowhere.
Sena’s confession in episode 11 was definitely not expected. It is not that her feelings weren’t obvious, but to confess them during an erotic video game that Sena is playing with dildo-lookalike controller?
I love how Sena led up to it.
“Oh by the way Kodaka, you know the whole marriage thing? Yeah, let’s go through with it.”
“Why, you say? Well, cause I love you of course.”
It was spontaneous, sweet in its own way and most excellent. Her embarrassed reaction afterwords was also great.
I have always been a big fan of the Sena x Kodaka pair (because I know Rika x Kodaka will just not happen 😦 ), so I was glad to see some progress on that front. I was glad that Sena expressed some love for a guy who had supposedly never been complimented before.
It is just such a shame that Kodaka was an embarrassing buffoon.
(Oh and I did not like how EVERYONE ELSE had such a negative reaction to the confession. I can understand Yozura, but why did Kobato and Maria react like that? Why did Yukimura react so strongly? Once again, I do not like how everyone is obsessed with monopolizing MC-kun.)
I am not pleased with Kodaka
And now, we finally get to the actual title of the post.
Let me compliment this rant with a personal anecdote.
I am normally pretty decent at day to day communication. Small talk, big talk, I can generally handle it quite well. Sometimes though if I am asked to make a split second decision or to reveal a potentially upsetting decision, then my brain comes to a grinding halt and I turn into a stuttering mess.
An example would be when a coworker at my internship asks if I am going to come back after graduation.
I start stumbling because even though I have already made a likely decision (probably won’t come back), I don’t really want to take responsibility for it and end up offending anyone.
In that regard, I think I am similar to Kodaka. Sure, his hesitation might not be because he doesn’t want to offend people, he just doesn’t want to go some place he doesn’t understand, but both of us try to hide from social responsibility.
That is why, I can point my finger at Kodaka and call him an idiot.
I can understand Kodaka getting frozen in shock when Sena confesses. I can understand him stuttering or stumbling with what to say. I can understand asking for more time. I can even understand rejecting her (though I don’t approve of it).
Now, while I can understand why Kodaka did what he did (because he is a dumb, dumb poop face), I certainly can not tolerate it!
You don’t just do that when someone confesses their heart felt feelings.
IT IS RUDE!
And I guess that’s all I have to say.
I have episode 12 downloaded but I don’t know if I can convince myself to watch it. Kodaka is going to grumble and mumble. Yozura will initiate childhood drama again. Sena will be hurt and poor Rika will be helpless. Then the series will end on some pseudo contrived, happy note and promise a season 3 a year down the line. Grumble, Grumble…