Re: Episode 2
Still can't wrap my head around Haru's god-level intelligence (he apparently didn't go to school at all during 3 years of junior high), though I suppose I'm considering it from the perspective that more intelligent students tend to get put in higher-tier classes (AP classes, etc).
Because Shizuku is clearly intelligent, I expect her to be in a higher level class rather than mixing with the mundanes (and certainly not stressing over the effort to get top marks in an ordinary class). Because Haru is in the same class with her, I was considering him from the perspective of effortlessly getting 100's in an advanced course.
If, however, Shizuku is in an ordinary class (as must be necessary for Natsume), then Haru being quite intelligent and being able to get top marks with minimal studying is not nearly as unrealistic.
I guess it depends on how they approach class distribution in Japan. Since all classmates tend to stick together, just rotating the teachers into each classroom, there's less opportunity for the really intelligent students to push forward.
Of course that also reflects negatively on Shizuku's actual intelligence. She's just a hardworking girl who might be somewhat better than average with numbers, but no actual exceptional talent.
On the episode itself, I enjoyed it a lot more than the first episode. Shizuku in particular is just a wonderful character, and it's great that she's giving serious thought to her feelings throughout the episode, without tempermental rejections clouding things to artificially delay any romantic matchups.
It still feels like Haru is just being made extra intelligent because of some literary requirement that the male romantic lead has to be better than the female lead in whatever her primary focus is (and thus the subtle nudge that her -actual- focus should be "get back in the kitchen and make me a sammich"). However overall there weren't really any real grating moments, and there were several sympathizable moments.