Sunohara could potentially be the best male supporting character for this season, for he is simply a riot. Game veterans have singled out Sunohara as being the source of 50% of the jokes in the game (Akio contributing a further 40%), and from what little I’ve seen thus far of him, I can believe it. On another note, this scene reminds me of a classmate in secondary school, who was always full of bullshit. No prizes for guessing what happens when the guys in the class have had enough of his bullshit.
Somehow, I feel that the timing of this episode was a bit off this time round. It just doesn’t feel right when Tomoyo starts being all dere-dere to Tomoya, when she practically overlooked his existence just one episode ago. I would have expected Tomoyo to sustain the ice-queen act a little longer.
Mami-chan!!!! Yup, Ichinose Kotomi is voiced by Noto Mamiko, the same seiyuu who brought so much uniqueness to the character of Shihou Matsuri in Sola
. Kotomi didn’t get much screentime this episode though, so I didn’t get to hear much of her.
(Is it just me, or is it another KEY tradition that the male lead always bum food off at least one of the girls? Yukito steals half of Kano’s bento, Yuuichi gets served by Sayuri and Shiori, and now Tomoya bums a bite off Kotomi’s bento. I bet they’ll soon be having regular picnics on the library floor, too.)
I’m getting some pretty bad vibes off Fuuko. There’s もえ, and then there’s simply brain-damaged. She doesn’t strike me as being particularly smart, to severely understate it….
Moreover, she was mewling so much, I was surprised that she didn’t go "uguu!" or "gao!" or something like that.
What truly surprised me, though, was how quickly KyoAni shifted into a more serious mood; I mean, c’mon, it’s only the second episode. And it’s no longer merely Yuuichi moping fit to rival Keanu Reeves, either; Tomoya really goes all out with his emotional outbursts. There must have been some pretty serious negative history for Tomoya to practically see his dad as an enemy.
I really liked how KyoAni juxtaposed the solitary image of the lonely girl in the foreground while Nagisa was talking about her own past as a lonely person; it was a nice theme for the conversation, as well as saving KyoAni some animation budget by avoiding the need to animate lips altogether. The studio always did know how to conserve budget creatively.
And here we have even more emotionally torturous scenes; it really is quite saddening to hear the reason behind Tomoya’s hatred of his father; seriously, that kind of personal history would bum anyone out, and it goes a long way to explain why Tomoya is who he is. Still, I still think the second episode is kinda too quick for these kinds of things; I would have preferred one more episode of laughs before going into the serious stuff.
(On another note, I think Fuuko’s not the only brain-damaged one. C’mon, standing in the rain when your body’s so weak you had to be held back a year? There’s a piece of modern technology available for your use, girl; it’s called a telephone. Just freakin’ call him if you’re not sure he’ll turn up. Jeez. Same goes for you, boy.)
And of course, in anime, when a sick girl stands in the rain (despite all common sense), she will inevitably faint, thereby setting the scene for the next episode. Ascaloth, out.