I think we can say girls reading porn out loud is officially a trend in anime this season. Not that I’m complaining.
OP2: “Treasure!” 「オープニングテーマ」by IRIS
The great Emiri Katou blew into Ben-To like a hurricane this week – Hurricana Shaga, in fact, complete with her own OP. Say what you will about the character Ayame Shaga, but that’s how you do an introduction. Shaga has many facets, it seems. She’s The Beauty by the Lake, a formidable – though no match for The Ice Witch – wolf in her own right. She’s You’s cousin, and there’s apparently a lot of history there that makes me wonder just what games those two were playing as kids. And she’s a bit of an ecchi queen herself, if her assault on Oshiroi’s breasts was anything to go by. Not that I’m complaining.
Of course it was pretty obvious Shaga was a sexually charged beast from her interactions with You. All that “how did we end up in the friend zone?” stuff was played for laughs, but clearly it meant something to her. Other than the fact that Shaga is half-Italian and a first-year (really?) high-schooler, we don’t know too much at this point. She certainly talks a big game, but when it comes to backing it up, I get the sense she’s a bit of a paper tiger. As mentioned she couldn’t match Yarizui in the trenches when it all went down (though she did fight hard) and when Ume came by to put the hurt on her for sexually harassing Oshiroi, she didn’t really put up much of a fight when she was dragged off to the bath. And when Ume turned the yuri tables on her, Shaga backed down pretty fast.
That Oshiroi’s novel is a hentai should certainly come as no surprise, based on what we’ve seen of her character so far. Turning the Ben-To wars into a porno somehow feels about right for this extremely strange series, but where we’re going next with the guy in the command center doing reconnaissance on the local wolves I have no idea. The surrealism level seems to be raised just about every week with this series though, so I’m sure whatever it is will be extremely absurd. It’s interesting to see that for all his uselessness against Ume and Shaga, You is getting pretty strong in the wolf department – he bested
The Wizard himself some new random character for a prized tofu burger bento with maitake mushrooms in bean paste this week.