Houkago Saikoro Club Ep. 2 – Cockroach Poker Capers

In the span of two episodes of Houkago Saikoro Club we’ve seen two nuggets of drama/conflict that will drive the anime. The first, and most compelling one, revolves around Miki’s reticence to join in other social activities and how she’ll emerge from her shell. The second, and least thrilling point of drama, is when Tanoue has a crush on Aya, tries to get close to her, but results in Aya misinterpreting his intentions. That sort of drama gets a big eyeroll from me, even though it’s there to drum up some comedy. Having two decades of life experience may be a factor in my inability to sympathize, but that can’t completely be it. My annoyance springs from Houkago Saikoro Club unoriginality. Series like Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun do a great job with the romantic misunderstandings and I often found myself in stitches. Factors tilting it in Nozaki-kun’s favor are a stronger cast of characters and the absurdity inherent in its premise. On the flipside, Houkago Saikoro Club’s characters are mostly cardboar

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