My prediction of Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate becoming “more drama-orientated” was actually accurate. There were quite a few developments in this episode, and surprisingly, it didn’t seemed forced. More so, the romance is becoming less apparent in an “obvious winner”. His not liking Chisato as more than friends is an enigmatic trait indeed; he readily contemplated [perhaps jokingly] on the possibility of a romance with the teacher, but instinctively denied a romance with Chisato. There should be a more “integral” reason than “because we’re childhood friends”. But even more, he didn’t handle his situation with Chisato retardedly. Normally, I’d be spewing invectives at how badly the protagonist handled a denial of romance with a heroine; but in his case, he did it pragmatically. He asserted his caring for her as an absolute value, but stated that he didn’t like her romantically. More often than not, most protagonists tend to screw up scenarios like this, by either insinuating an ambiguous outlook, or being “romantically inept”. Anyhow, given the previous “hot spring development” and Chisato getting the majority [spanned throughout numerous episodes, albeit she hasn’t had her “own episode”] of the screen time; it’s too soon to say that she’s “lost” the battle.
The relationship between Shinonome and her sister was enunciated and clarified in this episode. It seemed a bit strange for her to tell Shinonome about the past without losing to her. Nevertheless, if we believe her words, then it’s apparent that she had her reasons for “alienating” her family. As to the romance between the three, I can’t see the teacher winning, it’s just not the most practical development. Shinonome has a chance, but it’s a matter of whether she’s filtered out of the primary storyline outside her arc [the previous side characters aren’t mentioned too much after their arcs, but Chisato has remained a “constant”, which leads me to believe that she’s ironically, winning]. Nevertheless, I don’t really have a clear favorite between Shinonome and Chisato; I like Shinonome’s character far more, but I can’t help but root for the “main heroine” [blatantly at least], and in this case, the childhood friend trope [because childhood friends are cool and shit].
It’s also a bit “awesome” how Koi to Senkyo to Chocolate handles the previews to the next episodes. I skip previews most of the time because I don’t care to know what occurs in the next episode [that would defeat the purpose of actually speculating], but Chocolate does it uniquely. Regardless of the developments, Chocolate shows the most lighthearted scenes from the next episode, and it’s always accompanied by a lighthearted track, which attenuates a “serious” mood. It’s by no means bad, it’s almost a bit trolly; it’s just awesome that music could be the deciding factor in delineating between a “serious” preview and a “lighthearted” one.
Drama’s cool. I swear, I have the anime preferences of a teenage, hormonal girl. I don’t like action series since they tend to be banal, and desolate of a storyline; and I tend to dislike shounens because they’re often immature in storyline and character. I can’t quite say that I like shoujo, but I like most josei and seinen series that I do watch. So yeah, cool episode.