Leave it to Amagami to be the first show this season I feel like continuing to watch beyond the first episode. The second season starts by picking back up on Tsukasa’s arc, and though most should know from the first season that all ends well between our erstwhile man of action Junichi and Tsukasa, this episode does a good job of combining drama and the feel of the first season.
This episode can clearly be divided into two separate parts; the plot relevant bits surrounding the student council election and Junichi doing his thing and they both do a good job of entertaining in my view.
The election aspect was fairly interesting for me. Then again, the last six months of this year have been devoted to the reality show that has been presidential debates filled with gaffes. So let’s just run through the events here:
- Tsukasa announces candidacy for student council president
- The 4 nominees are announced along with their running mates; Junichi is named with Tsukasa and rival Kurosawa Noriko
- Preliminary polling shows Tsukasa a distant 3rd, or 2nd in the anti-Kurosawa bloc
- The only male candidate is caught having a crippling porn habit and loses all of his support which goes to Tsukasa as the head of the anti-Kurosawa bloc
- Kurosawa goes negative using Junichi as a pawn
At least Tsukasa was pretty up front about what this election was really about. It isn’t about helping the students at the school, it’s just about being able to land that sweet job 5 years down the line. So we have the establishment candidate Kurosawa with political connections from outside of school trying to win against Tsukasa who was more visible due to her work on the Christmas festivals.
Of course, there’s the whole fact that Kurosawa clearly didn’t pay attention to the events of the winter. She would have known that using Junichi to mess with Tsukasa would only bring out the real Tsukasa who will enter beast mode to accomplish her goals. Yet, that also endears her to more people. So clearly Junichi is in for a beating, but it will all work out in the end.
Then there’s the less serious stuff. The season opened with a bath scene with Tsukasa and Junichi in which mirrors and missing towels played a role. Sure it was a dream sequence, but only Junichi could have his dream turned into a nightmare by having Miya wake him up. Then, there was also the needless photo shoot as far as the plot went. I was actually pretty surprised at just how far she let him go with that.
So one episode down in Amagami and I don’t know if it was a spectacularly good idea to blog this, but I think I can deal with this arc at least. When the other arcs begin, I may have to take it much less seriously than I am this. I at least know the Ai arc will have some level of hatred from outside. Once again, please let me know what you think in the comments.