Advisory: Potentially NSFW
For some incomprehensible reason, this episode of NakaImo actually had way more plot development than the previous 3 episodes, in fact fan-service was nearly non-existent so I thought they had forgotten to include it in until the final moments of the episode. N-not that I want it or anything like that!
As I correctly predicated way back when the series started airing, I highly suspected plot twists to occur along the way, but I wasn’t expecting it to be revealed this early. The mysterious “little sister” who kept harassing Shougo over the phone turned out to be Konoe. While it was ultimately the clock chime in the park that gave her location and identity away, it was the IMT-270 phone model that Konoe used which tipped us off initially that she could potentially the little sister.
With the beans being spilled at a mere episode 4, I was left wondering what the writers would do with the remaining episodes, but alas I assumed things way too quickly. This is where the twist came into the picture – Konoe is actually a childhood friend of Shougo who wanted to play a prank on him by claiming to be his “little sister”. Coincidence? Maybe, more like it was a red herring done on purpose to mislead us.
If that wasn’t enough, the cliffhanger in the previous episode is resolved as well and to no one’s surprise, Miyabi is also another childhood friend of Shougo (hmm he sure made many friends huh). In addition to that, they promised to “marry” each other hence the strange reaction by Miyabi when Shougo confronted her in the last episode. The mystery behind that crap shampoo bottle is also solved!
What does all this mean? The only thing that can be deemed conclusive is that neither of them is the little sister that Shougo overheard during his father funeral. Having said that, who knows what other kind of twists will occur though, don’t count them out just yet.
Based off this episode, I’m starting to see a trend here. It seems that the story so far is rather character orientated, and so far it is focused on Konoe and Miyabi. Now that their real motives have been unveiled, the spotlight might shift to the remaining 3 girls (excluding Miss X and the loli teacher). Having taken up the majority of the screen time for all the episodes thus far, I would not be surprised if the appearance of Konoe and Miyabi will reduced slowly in favour of the remaining candidates since they were “eliminated”.
In the beginning, I wasn’t sure what kind of approach would NakaImo take since the premise while cheesy, is still unique. Now that episode 4 shed some light regarding just that, I’m thinking that subsequently each female lead will have something that will make them seem like they are the little sister, with a twist proving that they are not afterwards.
At the end of all this, I was pleasantly surprised by the sudden turn of events. Although my impression of NakaImo hasn’t changed all that much, that it is still the average generic harem series, NakaImo still has some kind of plot device (the little sister) going for it, with twists being thrown in along the way. The first question that everyone wants to know hasn’t changed – “Who could it be?” My guess still remains the same – I don’t think it is anyone of them simply because this isn’t a mystery series, therefore it makes no sense for one of them to actually be the little sister. I’m no Sherlock Holmes though, so I could be wrong about that.
- Hmm the whole “dashing onto road to save girl from vehicle” thing is something that is way overused, oh wait it just happened in episode 1 as well..
- Fair play? Sure..Apparently dressed in nothing but a buttoned shirt/apron is fair play.
- Speaking of the above, I wonder which is more delectable. mmm..