From the tsundere Rika to the Meat manipulation by Yozora’s fortune telling, Haganai never ceases to be fun and enjoyable even if things look like they’re not getting anywhere.
Friendship and Meat
Yozora smoothly calms the club members’ nerves by stating that it’s not a big deal for her and Kodaka to be “friends.” Even if it’s one of her most valued memories, playing it cool will definitely ease the suspicion. Then of course, we have Meat with her overinflated ego proclaiming her gloriousness even though she’s just being unaware of the circumstances that she has been through.
What’s important in this episode has definitely got to be the maids. Yep, being a maid isn’t easy, not that I would know, but the act of serving someone can go very far in Japan. Personally, I’ve never been to a maid cafe, but as some will tell you, it’s a fairly unique experience given the way of dress and how the maids act. Speaking of unique experiences, Rika showing her tsundere side to the pitiful Kodaka must be new even to him. Watching him being abused by the amazing performance is hilarious. Kicked in the shin, bad-mouthed, and put into a position of sitting down in mid-air, Kodaka might as well be forced into submission by Rika every episode.
Did… did Yukimura just do follow the lines of Rika?! Still, I’m not that surprised with the well-endowed Sena taking the form of a maid to wait Kodaka with her previous maid knowledge that she has gained from going to maid cafes. Even Yozora, with her normally strict and grave demeanor sneakily puts on the maid outfit when no one is looking. Curious? Or is it something more?
While it’s entertaining to see Yozora pummel Sena with her words, it still shows how unfriendly she actually is. Now that I think about it, she basically verbally abuses Sena with every chance she gets. Of course, Sena’s overwhelmingly optimistic and egocentric behavior doesn’t mitigate that fact, but some people may dislike Yozora for her attitude. She may need to undergo some kind of change before I can like the coupling between her and Kodaka.
Barnum effect. Yes, this is the effect that gets almost everyone who hasn’t been exposed to it before. Fortune tellers, psychics, and various practitioners use this to exploit people into thinking that they are who they proclaim to be. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that legitimate fortune tellers or psychics don’t exist, but I am saying that most of them will use this technique. Whether they actually do exist, who knows, but these kinds of activities are huge businesses.