Saturday, July 15, 2017

NTR: Netsuzou Trap Episode #02 Anime Review

Maybe we should practice going further?

What They Say:
Yuma, a high school second-year, is enjoying every day now that she has her first boyfriend. After she asks for relationship advice from Hotaru, her beautiful long-time friend who has had many boyfriends, Hotaru teases her for her inexperience and playfully does things to her that even her boyfriend doesn't do. Yuma and Hotaru's secret relationship continues to escalate, and Yuma finds herself unable to deny how it makes her feel. This school drama tells the story of the interwoven lives of these two girls with boyfriends.

The Review:
Content: (Please note that the content portion of the review may contain spoilers)
The cuckolding continues as Yuma and Hotaru's relationship spirals further down the path of no return, albeit ever so slightly. With Takeda wanting to push their relationship to the next level, Yuma's nerves begin to take hold of her -- especially considering Takeda's parents will be away for the weekend. And while his first idea is that the two of them spend some 'alone' time together, he quickly backtracks on this as he figures out just how important Hotaru is to her (If only he really knew). So instead of inviting her over to his house, Takeda slips into his nice-guy suit and brings everyone to the amusement part. Fortunately, this opens the window to the obligatory Ferris wheel scene that accompanies every true anime romance. Even more fortunately, we get three separate Ferris wheel scenes with the main attraction being another Yuma x Hotaru moment.

Right before this, however, we find out a bit more about the 'predicament' Hotaru has fallen into. While Yuma and Takeda enjoy a cute, G-Rated experience in the cart above, Hotaru and Fujiwara go through something a bit less acceptable. As it turns out, he's the type of guy that thinks he can just force himself on his girlfriend whenever he wants. And while it usually works in his favor, Hotaru was definitely not feeling it this time. What she was feeling, however, was satisfying her lust with her best friend just moments later. The whole Hotaru x Fujiwara coupling seems like more of a farce than ever as she masks her true feelings in the arms of the girl she's known since childhood. Once again, Yuma gives in poor Takeda is left in the dust. And even with how nice of a guy he is, we all continue wanting Takeda to lose due to the sheer enjoyment of watching Yuma and Hotaru go at it with each other.

In Summary:
While this episode's pacing may have been better than the pilot, the short runtime of NTR leaves much to be desired yet again. With significantly less fanservice than the last episode, this installment focuses more on beating exposition into you in the form of quick inner-monologues from Yuma. One thing I will give NTR props for, particularly in this episode, is its ability to segue from one conversation to a completely different one. The utilization of this editorial technique moves the series along at a much quicker pace while not skipping out on anything essential. If the series needs to be a short, which it clearly does, this is definitely the right way to handle it.

Grade: B-

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

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