Still stuck in familiarity for now, so thank god they at least kept it wacky and relevant.
Unlike ep 1, the romcom aspect had a clear theme to them this time. Rather than just play towards the traits of our wackos again, Nibutani decides to drag everyone into analysing Yuuta’s love life now that Rikka’s moved in. Needless to say, it works as the perfect segue into jokes both involved with the love gossip or not. Everyone gets to let out what they think about the two and what they plan to do about it, particularly with Nibutani setting a date trap as a push forward.
On a more serious note, I really liked how they elaborated more on Yuuta and Rikka’s awkward relationship. Nibutani points out on multiple occassions that despite dating for half a year, they resemble the relationship between siblings rather than lovers. The problem is that Rikka is still unsure what it means to be a lover outside of her delusions, and even she sees this as a problem. Yuuta’s date with Rikka, while definitely a step-up, doesn’t change how platonic their relationship is. So while their affection is definitely present, I do hope this issue is brought up more often.
But hope is all I can rely on, because most of what we’ve seen is just faffing about. Both the gags and romantic moments are mostly reactions on the new set-up. They don’t add to the experience as much as broaden our perspective. There’s nothing wrong with giving your audience a better idea of things, but you’ve got to have something else that adds upon the set-up by the time the 2nd ep is reached.
However hope for action reappears toward the end, as the new girl climbs down from the upper floor just like Rikka in the past. Nibutani did warn that lack of activity between lovers leaves an opening for interlopers. I’m guessing we’ll have something to talk about next week.