Saturday, August 5, 2017

NTR: Netsuzou Trap Episode #05 Anime Review

What made you want to do those things with me?

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)
After four weeks of watching Yuma and Hotaru attempt to drown each other in their saliva, we finally get an episode where they manage to act like normal human beings. Kind of. Apparently, Yuma and Takeda have started [sort of] seeing each other again. That being said, there is still an awkward air between them. Takeda knows that Yuma is trying to keep their relationship going but he can't help but feel like she's hiding something. Meanwhile, Fujiwara begins to use his knowledge of the situation to his advantage, essentially blackmailing Hotaru into doing anything he wants whenever he wants. Yuma, once again being the ultimate best friend, figures this out and finally confronts him about the whole eyepatch thing.

Of course, Fujiwara denies his involvement in Hotaru's injury and dodges a major bullet when Yuma confronts him about cheating. Instead of giving into the question, he subtly lets Yuma know that he knows what's going on between her and Hotaru and that she is the last person he wants to hear about cheating from. Meanwhile, Takeda sits on a bench somewhere being stood-up by his girlfriend for the umpteenth time. When Yuma finally remembers that she is someone's significant other, she sprints over to the park where she was supposed to meet Takeda and, upon arriving, receives a phone call that severs their relationship. The very next day, Fujiwara pretty much laughs in her face about the entire situation and says the only way he'll keep quiet about the cheating is if he gets to have a threesome with them. Nice.

I'm going to use this space to complain about the horrible continuity in this series. In the short time between leaving Hotaru's house and going to meet up with Takeda (Which couldn't be any longer than an hour at most), Hotaru's black eye just straight up disappears. Now, either she possesses some sort of unworldly healing power or this is a blatant lack of attention to detail in a narrative that already feels forced. It's basically an admittance that the whole abuse thing was nothing more than a temporary plot device used to lure us into thinking that something was actually going to happen sometime soon.

In Summary:
The lack of fanservice in this week's episode may irritate some, but I see it as a ray of light. Don't get me wrong, I love physical yuri romance just as much as the next guy, but the allure of NTR is supposed to preside within its darker themes. The only way we're ever going to get to that point is if Yuma and Hotaru stop making out long enough to actually do something. Luckily for us, they almost manage to restrain themselves for an entire episode this time around. Unfortunately, the bonus points they gain from this cancel out due to an extreme error in continuity concerning Hotaru's black eye.

Grade: C+

Streamed By: Crunchyroll

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