The 4th week of this little story of the misadventures of Hasegawa Kodaka focused on the introduction of the remaining side characters. That would be a 10-year-old sister wearing an outfit straight out of the To Aru Majutsu no Index, the most sexually-confused character this side of Wandering Son and a refreshingly open fujoshi character willing to speak the audience’s darkest inner thoughts on what they are watching. Alright, it wasn’t exactly the highest quality piece of work, but it sets the stage for what lies ahead.
So let’s start with Maria, the 10-year-old nun character who lowers the bar for gullibility. Regardless of one’s views on the topic, one could probably say that she pretty much falls for everything if someone says it came from God. Alright, she’s 10 and can’t really know every interpretation of the Bible, but it seemed strange that someone in her situation would lack skepticism.
Then looking at Yozora’s manipulation of her, I actually found this pretty realistic. How she gets her to do things is classic manipulation of a child’s desires. Maria wants to be seen as an adult and she gets that first by having her own room to sleep in, but that allusion is shattered by the thought that only adults can serve as club advisors, whose duties Yozora manipulates to her end. So in the end, she takes a worse position because she thinks she’s seen as an adult with adult-like responsibilities though no one else ever sees her that way. Isn’t that how it always seemed to work out as a kid?
Yukimura’s angle isn’t as interesting at a larger lever, basically he serves the role of the male version of a maid character. I did find his view of bullying interesting. Because of his appearance, he’s excluded from day-to-day activities by his male classmates. This actually has a lot in common with Kodaka’s problems relating to other students. They both appear different and some of the same biases kick in to exclude them from the group. It’s clearly more active in Kodaka’s case though. I can’t say I expect much from Yukimura though.
Finally there’s Rika, a fujoshi who carries around literal mecha porn. I actually found it refreshing to have a point of view. There’s something about the way she sees everything in purely sexual terms that’s intriguing. It’s like a study of sorts of the problems one could have after exposure to too much porn. Personally, I can’t see how anyone could be so focused on it that everything potentially turns into something they’ve read from a doujin manga.
This in turn leads to another one of Haganai’s trademark “shocking Yozora revelations” in this episode there were 2. The first was her protestation at being characterized as a bully by Kodaka. The better one was after Rika’s insistance that men and women cannot be friends without sex getting in the way. This went very much against the core of Yozora’s character as the secret childhood friend.
It also gets to the center of what’s the real story of this series. How far can friendships in this group develop with a man at the center. It’s very much When Harry Met Sally as harem anime. That said, I’m not expecting anything like that particular film (though there have been 2 fake orgasms to date) . Actually considering the genre, I probably shouldn’t expect a conclusion should I?