These little commentaries continue to be one of the more interesting DVD extras I’ve seen for a while. They act as both a kind of teaser trailer for the source material (and possible future episodes of the anime) and a psychotherapy session for the characters.
Just about everyone got in the act this week, starting with Kyousuke getting a rude surprise when he Dad shows up for the commentary instead of Ayase. Saori and Manami take the B part of the episode 3 commentary, giving way to Ayase and Ayase (heh) and finally Koyousuke and Kuroneko, back in the saddle. Each segment was interesting, but the most so for me was watching the two Ayases square off against each other. That was a very clever riff on the slightly psychotic behavior she showed in the series itself. The whole possibility of mutual affection between she and Kyou is played up much more here than it was in the source material, but really, Kyou has an embarrassment of riches at his disposal – he can do much better.
New tidbits – Saori has an older sister. She also confesses to Kyou in her commentary, much to Manami’s dismay. Kuroneko plays a rather kittenish hard-to-get, but reveals her true feelings for Kyou in the special scene she chooses. I like all three of these girls an awful lot – it was cute how Saori revealed a novel-only scene that was “cut” from the anime where Kyousuke is amazed that she’s in middle school. But forced to choose a partner for Kyou, it would have to be Kuroneko – she’s just a perfect combination of innocence and cynicism and she couldn’t be any damn cuter. She gives Kyou a hard time but unlike with his sister, it feels playful and not mean-spirited. But if he were to end up with Saori or even Manami, I’d have no complaints. Just to long as it isn’t Kirino or Ayase…
Looking forward to a few more of these as we count down towards the “true end” – the whole notion of the “actors” commenting on the events on-screen is ridiculously clever and entertaining.