Short ones while because I’m ill: Chololate and Imouto 4, Polar Bear 17

Of course the day before a week’s holiday I start to get sick …

Me neither.

Kono Naka ni Hitori, Imouto ga Iru! 4 surprised the hell out of me. We learn who the sister is! … sort of. After Ikusu does some research she should have done from the beginning they determine that the sister is using a voice-changing phone, that pink model that Konoe uses. And rather than have the story come up with a valid reason that explains the phone but keep the mystery, Konoe confesses! She talks about the cake, the present, the photo, everything that the sister did, except one. It’s only episode four! Not only that, we get the differences between Shougo and Miyabi cleared up using that little-used dramatic technique called “talking it out.” So now it looks like Shougo and both girls were childhood friends, and they both want to marry him, the rivalry taken to new heights, or lows … But it doesn’t explain the girl at the funeral; there’s still a long-lost sister out there. But at least we’ve got the creepy stalker business out of the way. On the other hand, we now have no clues.

Four episodes in and I still have no idea who these girls are.

Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate 4 tries to get us worried about Aomi, the poor girl going to school by scholarship and being harassed by the rich kids, but it’s hard to get any emotions up when you’ve just undergone a long scene about raising funds for the campaign that goes as far as estimating the time needed per person to stick labels on 30000 candy bars, not to mention the time and money spent baking cake rolls. And all the while the characters have barely developed at all, apart from Yuuki, who had a nice moment worthy of Amagami’s Junichi when Aomi asks him to smell her up close. And the “air sumo” bit was pretty funny.

Run, girl! Run away as fast as you can!

Polar Bear’s Cafe 17 had a predictable first half with the gang along with Grizzly going camping. Pleasant surprises were Grizzly and Penguin hitting it off, and Polar’s rather relaxed attitude toward camping. The second half was downright creepy. Rintarou the florist, who already creeps out Panda with his obsession, asks a high school girl out on a date because her bag has a panda thing on it. The girl is already crushing on Rintarou and so doesn’t think too much about it until his creepy attitude toward Panda (and not any panda, but only Panda-Kun) creeps HER out, too. A good life lesson for young girls here: if a grown man asks you out it’s probably only because of his interest in another species. Happily, she escapes with only a wasted afternoon.

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