By Operation Rainfall Contributor / October 28th, 2014
WARNING: The following article contains SPOILERS for The Fruit of Grisaia episode 3. If you don’t want to be spoiled, please stop reading. You have been warned. Also some of the images in this article may not be safe for children.
This episode of The Fruit of Grisaia didn’t quiet address any questions that have previously come up about the students of the Mihama Academy. What it did do however was make me laugh quiet a few times while also providing some fan service that was going to happen sooner or later. I wouldn’t call this an unnecessary episode, though, since it showed off more of the students personalities that we haven’t seen yet; and that’s always fun!
After Yugi Kazami catches Amane Suou breaking into his room, his coolness is definitely put to the test after he catches her doing some private things on his bed. I really like his attitude and the way he handles things so much. It comes as a huge relief rather than the typical guy catching girl and nose bleed along with a scream and a ton of “gomennasai’s” (“I’m sorry” in Japanese). Don’t get me, wrong scenes like that are funny. It’s just good to not have an anime protagonist rely on that overplayed reaction.
Kazami’s next encounter is with Michiru Matsushima, where he believes students are having sex on campus. This irritates him and he decides to put a stop to it. We find out Michiru was just getting attacked by a cat and the strategy Kazami comes up with is to use her hair’s citrus scent as a way to scare off her feline friend. The chibi animation for this scene makes it really funny, and the fact that Kazami just walks away after their attempt doesn’t work is pretty great.
We also find out that Kazami hasn’t been sleeping very well. This gets him into a lot of trouble with Sachi Komine when she begins measuring him and leaves. What ended up happening was that he was on autopilot, pretty much just saying ‘yes’ to everything, and ended up agreeing to have a fanny pack handmade just for him from Sachi. This is the first time we see Kazami lose his cool as he tries so hard to get out of wearing the fanny pack. This scene makes the entire episode worth watching because of how hilarious it is. It also shows development in the characters’ friendships with each other and the conclusion ends up being a happy one, thanks to the help of Michiru.
In the last scene, Amane asks Kazami to be her boyfriend. This scene was very touching, but I don’t think Kazami really understands his feelings for anyone. I also don’t doubt that Amane loves Kazami and this wont be her last attempt to make him her boyfriend.
This episode did something really good in the end: it showed Kazami’s growth as a student and as a friend. He has been fairly quiet and kept to himself up until now and I feel like he is finally to a point where he can call these girls his friends. Now I’m just expecting something to happen and shake things up a bit. Maybe another visit from the mysterious JB? Let me know what you think in the comments below.
The Fruit of Grisaia is available to watch on Crunchyroll. New episodes come out Sundays at 1:00 PM ET/10:00 AM PT for premium users. Non-premium users will be able to watch one week after it first airs.
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