Double dates! Amnesia! Moe! Augh!
What They Say
Ringo arranges a precocious pairing in response to a request from the Academy's baseball whiz. When Ryoko flees the mission, a blow to the head leads to a run-in with the tormentor from her past.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Dating in the world of Okamisan hasn't exactly been out there, though you know that Ryoshi really wants to get closer to Ryoko. He gets his chance when a double date is organized after a different request comes in. That request is amusing as second year student Jizou has found that someone has been coming into his place, cleaning it and making him meals and generally helping him out. He wanted to know who it was so he had the club figure it out by installing cameras through which he learned it was being done by another second year student named Ami. She's a very cute if shy girl and when Jizou gets it all figured out, he insists in his very deadpan and reserved manner that he'd like to pay her back by taking her out. And that gets Ryoko and Ryoshi caught up in it by double dating with Ringo providing help to Ryoko through an earbud. The pair are quite cute together since Ryoko wants so little to do with this. But even when it goes awkwardly on their part, it inspires Jizou to be more forthright.
Unfortunately, the show takes a turn for the worse just before the second half where Ryoko gets a blow to the head from a shallow pond incident and loses her memory, causing her to not know who Ryoshi is. She goes back to a previous part in her life when she was a thirteen year old middle school student, and that gets a very awkward yet surprisingly endearing moment where she referes to Ryoshi as an older brother of sorts since she thinks of him as several years old. Ryoko in this form is very shy but happy in a way where she has what could be categorized as the epitome of moe-ness. She comes across as very fragile and weak, even if she is smiling all the time and full of happiness.
Giving Ryoko and Ryoshi a chance to have a somewhat normal date of sorts, with her not having any of her defenses up or being violent, is what you know Ryoshi has wanted all along. This is a big part of the Ryoko that he sees that she tries to hide from everyone because it's not who she wants to be at this point in her life. It's not all sunshine and unicorns though as Ryoko ends up running into a problem from the past that makes it even clearer why she's become the way she is now in terms of personality. It's a pretty cruel run-in, one that makes things much clearer to Ryoshi if he takes it all at face value, and brings out some decidedly strong emotions in him with how he wants to protect Ryoko, giving him a bit more impact overall as a character.
Shows involving amnesia aren't exactly favorites of mine when they're used as a one-episode plot device and that's no exception here. It is nice to see a different version of Ryoko since they have her reverting back a few years instead of a mostly blank slate so that helps to alleviate it, and watching Ryoshi man up again in regards to her is welcome as well. The really fun moments for me revolved around the actual club activities with Jizou and Ami as I really wanted to see how that would play out as they looked to be an absolutely adorable couple. Okamisan has a bit more of a push towards what's in Ryoko's past, making it clearer to Ryoshi while still screwing with him, and it's worth it from that perspective, but it's a mixed bag overall depending on how you feel about amnesia episodes.
Japanese 2.0 Language, English Subtitles
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