At first I was not particularly anticipating the new To Heart 2 OVAs, seeing that the TV series failed my expectations a bit. Of course, having Ma-ryan and Sasara (and present-day Yuuki) animated is a nice bonus, but otherwise I stick to the original game for my fandom. I would only wonder in horror how they would dilute Sasara’s scenario (the longest scenario in the game) in a mere episode or two.
That is not the story though for the first episode. This one is about our robot maid Ilfa, and secondarily Tama-nee. Basically, Yuji the pervert desperately wanted a robot maid, and so his ever-reliable friend Takaaki asked the Himeyuri twins if Ilfa could be hired into the Kousaka residence for a few days. At first Ilfa thought that Takaaki is the one needing a robot maid, which sent her blushing (never thought she could be that emotional… for a robot). The twins said that it will be a nice chance for Ilfa to train and be better as a robot maid, so they agreed to lend her to Yuji.
At home, Tamaki is surprised that Ilfa is there. Knowing about the circumstances, Tamaki now proceeds to train Ilfa in cleaning, cooking, and other chores of the residence… all while kicking Yuji around because he is trying to film Ilfa’s sekushiness. Darn rich them Kousaka family, Yuji has, what… 4 kinds of video cameras? All of them broken by his sister because of his indecent antics. Seeing these, Ilfa thought that Yuji and Tamaki aren’t close, very unlike the Himeyuri sisters who love each other dearly. Knowing all along that this is not some training deal but just Yuji’s request, Tamaki said that Ilfa should not be too serious, but just be like a part of the Kousaka family. he’s lazy). Ilfa realized that she as well should be a bit strict to Yuji, so she treats him the way Tamaki usually does. Hell for Yuji begins now as if he has two Tama-nee in the house! Ilfa also is getting better at her chores and cooking. As her final ‘training’, Ilfa asked Tamaki to teach her how to…
Anyway, after a few days, Ilfa will now return to the Himeyuri sisters, so she thanks Tamaki for all the help, and gives Yuji a wonderful gift… er… actually Ilfa asked Tamaki to teach her the “Tamaki grip” that she always does whenever Yuji is acting crazy. And so Ilfa let one rip to Yuji!
What a filler episode. While the story isn’t particularly interesting at all, we have loads of Tama-nee, Himeyuri and Ilfa goodness here. But the best stuff in this episode is in the technical side. The animation has radically improved, as expected from an OVA, and Konomi-chan is sooooooooo cute! (she only appears a few times though) More interestingly, the background music is now taken from the original To Heart 2 game soundtrack! It sounded so nostalgic to me because I played the game. And the ending theme is actually Tamaki’s image song. There’s a short extra after the episode, where Yuma, Manaka, Karin and Yuuki order at some restaurant. Cute, and may be worth the admission more than the episode itself, if you are a Yuuki fan.
This is a nice start for the new To Heart 2 anime, not particularly groundbreaking, but enough to keep me smile. I think I am anticipating a bit now for the next one.