Apparently things do not mean what you think they mean.
What They Say
Yuuto Ayase attends Hakujou Academy, a private high school in Japan. His classmate, Haruka Nogizaka, is not only very attractive, but is intelligent and rich, garnering her the title as the school's idol.
However, one day when Yuuto's friend asks him to return a book to the library, he unexpectedly stumbles across Haruka and her deepest, darkest secret—she is an otaku!! Promising to keep her secret hidden, Yuuto and Haruka become close friends, helping Haruka with her secret hobby and developing their relationship together. Season two of NOGIZAKA HARUKA NO HIMITSU picks up where we left off in the first season, making for a romantic-comedy adventure that everyone is sure to enjoy!
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
There is definitely something funny going on. The Nogizaka Maid Squad and Mika are listening in on Yuuto and Haruka's conversation. And what they are saying, is really…suggestive (as is the title of this episode). At which point Haruka's father appears, and he too listens in. Of course, it's all an elaborate misdirection as Yuuto is not about to deflower his precious daughter. Instead, they are just drawing doujinshi (fan comics), though that perhaps leads to the other thing on occasion. Wait, this is a nerd pursuit I am talking about. I doubt that does ever happen, but who knows.
As it turns out, the doujinshi creation is related to something that Yuuto got stuck doing: his friend Nobunaga runs a circle (a group that makes doujinshi), but he can't go to the convention to sell the circle's comic, so he ropes Yuuto into doing it. When Haruka finds out, she gets very excited, and so she wants to make her own comic based off of her favorite show, "Nocturne Girl's School Lacrosse Club." To say the least, Haruka's drawing abilities are not very advanced (one wonders if the animators themselves found it difficult to create such an amateurish-looking work).
But that's not important. It's yet another occasion where Haruka and Yuuto get to spend some quality time together, doing what Haruka loves: being a complete nerd girl, hanging out at a comic market selling her own doujinshi. And Yuuto, of course, doesn't mind being around Haruka. They're such a lovey-dovey couple as well. It would be sickening if it wasn't so incredibly sweet.
Poor Shiina, on the other hand. She came to Yuuto's house, hoping to invite him out to a movie that she happened to get a couple tickets to. Instead, she gets assaulted by Yuuto's incredibly louche sister Ruko and her perverted friend Yukari.
So, the fates are kind to one, but very unkind to another.
This episode was mildly amusing and sweetly sentimental. It basically played like a one episode summary of Comic Party, except that here the girl is a doujinshi fanatic, not just a long-suffering, outsider. Again, this episode is nothing but pure otaku wish-fulfillment. It has its cute moments, though, with Haruka's father providing some broad slapstick comic relief along with the Maid Squad. If it continues along in this vein, it will be a mildly enjoyable light romantic comedy series. Fluff, but fluff that brings a smile to your face.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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