The second episode is about the sisters Manaka and Ikuno Komaki. This marks Ikuno’s anime debut! The game featured a bit of her in Manaka’s scenario, and so I was looking forward to her stint in the OVA. The OVA finally arrived, and well… it is still typical To Heart 2, aside from more fanservice than the usual. Anyway, this is the ever-present beach episode, and Ikuno is quite bored.
She sighs a lot. She’s like a snobbish little brat in this episode. While Konomi, Tamaki, Ruuko and Manaka are having fun with the two guys at the beach, she prefers to just stay at the shade alone. What a party pooper. Throughout half of this episode, she just sits there while all them ToHeart2 idiots have their fun. She starts to stare and look at them as if they were the bishoujo game characters (that they are). “Ahh, so Konomi’s the imouto-chara, then Tamaki’s the onee-chan-chara.” Ruuko… well, she can’t describe of course. Yuuji went back to the shade, then tried to hit (usual perversion style) on Ikuno. Of course, Tama-nee is there to save the day, and confiscate his camera. Takaaki came back to the shade. Ikuno now wonders why her Aneki likes this person, he is soooooooo normal. And clueless too.
The group then went to eat, and Ikuno still wonders, while Manaka is at her usual clumsy stint. Ikuno sighs and thinks that Manaka won’t get her man like this. It seems to me that Ikuno is trying to bridge Takaaki and Manaka closer, but at this state (Takaaki-clueless and Manaka-clumsy), hope is fading. Anyway, Ikuno ‘finally’ went away from the shade to buy a drink, then she gets attracted to the surroundings. She found a nice shore of the beach where crabs and shells abound. Takaaki then appeared. Ikuno does her snobbish style and confronts him like a softer ‘tsun without the dere’ girl. During the conversation though, she notices that Takaaki called Manaka by her stature-name “Iincho” (class president), very unlike the first-name-basis of the other girls he calls. In Japanese terms, this implies that Takaaki is quite distant from Manaka, and so Ikuno is quite pissed.
Then Manaka appears. After displaying her clumsyness again by falling into the water, the three now go hunt for some nice shells. Takaaki now tried to call Manaka using “Komaki-san”. HAH! Ikuno is also Komaki-san! Ikuno puts him in a bind, trying to force Takaaki to call Manaka by her first name (again, Japanese terms, implying closeness of friendship/love?). “Ikuno-chan… and………. Manaka-san.” Hah, he said it! Now then, Ikuno leaves them alone and hides to see if Manaka can be first-name-basis with Takaaki too (all this time she calls him “Kono-kun”). Few moments pass, and they just won’t budge. Ikuno sighs again, and tries to stand up, but then she trips and hurt her foot. As usual, Takaaki does his kindness act and helps Ikuno. Manaka thanks her, and whoa, calls him “Takaaki-kun”. Blushes abound. After that stint, they go back to the others. And seeing that nothing seems to have changed in Manaka’s clumsyness, Ikuno sighs again. At night, they did their hanabi (fireworks), and Ikuno teases her sister that her boyfriend is calling. Manaka in denial mode again.
Throughout this episode, Ikuno went from snobbish brat to rabu rabu daisakusen master, lol. She really is an interesting character, and I would love to play her scenario when the new To Heart 2 game is released. As for this episode, it’s quite good for an OVA, cuteness and service aside, but still leaves me craving for more. Final episode is still months away, when we finally have Sasara and Ma-ryan animated! Yes!