As the story of KoiChoco is starting to get in gear, the focus of the story shifts slightly. With Yuuki getting the expertise of Mouri, the former student council president, the team gets ready for big shots.
As with every harem-themed romantic drama show with a bit of comedy thrown around, the typical aspects are all present. The cliché yet individualistic personalities of the girls (and one gender-confused guy) do not clash with each other, which is certainly refreshing to see.
Mouri's sudden consultation service didn't exactly come as a surprise. Being a seemingly resourceful individual with his own motives, Yuuki and friends were bound to receive his help sooner or later. I don't see any possible way Yuuki could be the least bit successful without some sort of external assistance. Though I have my doubts regarding what he plans to take as his own reward for offering his services to the student council president candidate, for now, this event paves the way for further development of the story.
Chisato is receiving so much screen time in comparison to the other characters, I'd be surprised, disappointed rather, if the end result wasn't Yuuki x Chisato. Not only do the two have chemistry and a long history, the majority which has not been revealed yet, working together in the student council elections will certainly boost their relationship even more.
Speaking of relationships, Hazuki and Satsuki being sisters with different mothers is one recurring theme that seems to keep coming up, not that it's a bad thing. With the school set up in a way where the student essentially control how the school runs, the relationship between the two sisters isn't exactly stellar. I'm not exactly sure how I feel about the two, particularly Satsuki showing close to zero respect to her older sister, but once again, as with all most other character relations in this show, the details are still hazy or non-existent. I guess it's nice to take things slow, given that the introduction has barely finished. On that note, Satsuki's friendliness with Yuuki is definitely eyebrow-raising. It's difficult to tell whether or not her friendliness is genuine or fake at this point. Regardless, her expressions are unbelievably cute, all the time. She's the kind of girl who's loved by all. Strong-willed yet soft-hearted. A win-win. Manipulative? Maybe, but so far she does not come off as the type.
Perhaps the biggest revelation this episode is the relationship between Yuuki and Hazuki being brought to light. I must say, I was totally blind-sided by this. Not only is another potential route being brought to light, it further complicates the already complicated (but exciting) story. That hug was certainly not a typical friendly hug, it almost felt motherly in a sense. We'll have to wait and see what the story behind these two are, although it is made clear that Hazuki kissed Yuuki sometime in the past, maybe during a similar dinner situation.
It's frustrating to see all the potential routes Yuuki could select. Not all the characters have been introduced, but they will be sooner or later, and it's annoying to realize that only one girl will be chosen to be with Yuuki. One by one, we're being slipped a few details here and there, which will eventually piece up the puzzle. So much to know, so little episodes.
Kudos to anyone who can figure out what kind of kind of animal that is.
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