Nogizaka Haruka no Himitsu – Episode 07

27 08 2008

Summary

The episode sets up with the revelation that Haruka’s father (who looks like a yakuza boss) has discovered Haruka’s anime hobby.  Obviously he’s pissed and sends out his personal military, the Hellhounds, to find her and bring her back.

In panic, Haruka went to Yuuto’s house for support from him.  Hazuki followed suit, and promised that she would protect Haruka no matter what.  Ruko, who was overhearing the conversation, permits Haruka to stay over the night.  Yuuto immediately imagines something a bit different (*wink*).  After convincing Haruka is not a burden, she agrees to stay over.

During dinner, Yukari, Hazuki, and Ruko begin pestering Yuto about their relationship.  After Yuuto insists that they’re just friends, they start pestering him about his feelings… which he blatantly avoids.  After dinner, Yuuto tells Mika about the Haruka staying over, which Mika immediately exploits.

After Hazuki begins patrolling in her oddly drunken state, Yuuto carries a half asleep Haruka to her room.  After which his imagination starts to run a little wild.  Haruka knocks on his door and explains that she’s scared of sleeping alone (at her home there are stuffed animals).  Yuuto reluctantly agrees to let her sleep in his room.  To further add to his woes, Haruka insists on sleeping while holding hands.  

The next morning, a bloodshot Hazuki spots a Hellhound member who found Haruka and immediatly takes him out, but not before he radios her location.  In the house, Haruka is making breakfast for Yuuto when Mika calls informing him about the discovery.  Almost immediately, squad cars and hellhound members surround Yuuto’s house.  Haruka’s father forces his way into the house and the confrontation begins.

Hazuki (with her chainsaw) and Ruko (with a katana) do their best in taking care of the hellhound members, but can’t stop Haruka’s father from reaching Haruka. He says that he’ll forgive her if she admits that her anime hobby is just a short-time deal.  However, after Haruka refuses, Yuuto starts to defend her and her hobby.  Just as Haruka’s father is about to take out Yuuto, Mika and Nanami appear and orders her father to stop.

After he refuses to listen, his wife shows up and manages to talk some sense into him.  She defends Haruka’s hobby and accepts it.  He finally gives in and accepts it as well.  Before they leave, Gentou (Haruka’s father) admits to Yuuto that he’s the first person to ever stand up to him.  Haruka’s parents leave by helicopter, Haruka takes Yuuto’s hand, and everyone goes back in to clean up the mess.

Thoughts

So this was the first real comedy centric episode of the show, and the comedy was somewhat reminiscent of Seto no Hanayome just not as funny.  This episode was one of the weaker episodes, animation and story wise.  A lot of the humor fell flat (namely with Yuuto’s daydreams) however, others worked well.  Especially with Haruka thinking Ruko is a great woman for her high alcohol tolerance, and Hazuki’s drunken state.

As for romance developments, Haruka and Yuuto are now comfortable holding hands with each other, as well as hugging.  Yuuto is also starting to think about whether he has feelings for Haruka or not.

Next week has something to do with Mika asking Yuuto out.  My guess, this is a ploy by Mika to push Yuuto and Haruka even closer.

7.5/10 (Animation quality really hurt the episode this week)

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