03
May
09

To Heart 2 adplus Vol. 1

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Summary:

Takaaki is being woken up by Silfa one morning, but gets hit by Silfa when he accidentally gets a glimpse of her panties. At the breakfast table, Takaaki notes that they’re out of soy sauce; Silfa panics and says that too much soy sauce is bad for you. When Takaaki asks for milk, Silfa panics again and says that milk is on vacation today; Takaaki looks at her and asks her to come with him to go shopping, and Silfa’s face droops in response. Later that evening Silfa is waiting in front of the super market; as she’s waiting she keeps panicking every time someone passes by. Yuuji happens to notice her and basically hits on her. When he asks Silfa what’s wrong, she panics and runs away; Takaaki finally arrives at the market and looks for her. When he notices Yuuji, Yuuji tells him he saw a cute maid robot and she ran away; Takaaki gets the idea and runs back to his house. Back at home he finds Silfa sitting in a box; Takaaki apologizes, and Silfa tells him it was really scary. Takaaki tells her he’ll be with her next time and asks her to come along again, though Silfa says she’s very busy and tells him that he should go shopping if he likes it so much and since it’s stuff for himself. Takaaki is by himself the next day at the market, when he gets hugged by Harumi from behind. Harumi starts clinging to Takaaki calling him “darling” and accompanies him with his shopping. Harumi tells him he shouldn’t buy instant stuff, and informs her that cooking is her specialty and suggests coming over to his place to cook for him; Takaaki appreciates the thought, but reminds her he has Silfa. Jealous, Harumi yells at Takaaki and runs away. As Takaaki is returning home, with Ilfa tailing him. When Takaaki gets inside the house, Silfa tells him he’s late; though as Silfa is telling Takaaki is no good, she notices an angry Ilfa behind him. Ilfa starts scolding Silfa, reminding her of the reason she’s at Takaaki’s in the first place; which are have her perform maid duties, but she’s placing those duties on Takaaki. Takaaki tries defending Silfa, but Ilfa feels that Silfa can’t keep taking advantage of his kindness.

Haruka comes in looking for Takaaki, and asks if he’s eaten dinner yet; Takaaki tells her he hasn’t and Haruka invites him over for dinner. Takaaki thanks her, but tells her that Silfa is making dinner; Haruka says it’s a shame since they’re having curry tonight, and this has Takaaki remembering how good Haruka’s curry is. This gets Silfa jealous, and she says that her curry is normal, though when Takaaki tries to tell her that her curry is also good, Silfa tells him to go marry Haruka if he likes her curry so much. This causes Ilfa to scold her again; Takaaki apologizes to Haruka again, and she leaves. On the way out, Ilfa asks to talk with Haruka. Inside the kitchen, Silfa is chopping leeks and Takaaki is assuring her that her curry is good.  Silfa thanks him for the compliment, but when Takaaki asks what she said; Silfa replies it was nothing. The next day Silfa is drying the laundry outside, and Haruka comes by to talk with her. Haruka came to tell Silfa a method to get Takaaki mero mero (I suppose smitten would be the best substitute for mero mero); Haruka says her curry can strike at the heart and asks Silfa if she wants the recipe. Silfa declines, stating that Takaaki said her curry was good; Haruka has her imagine the imagery of Takaaki eating her curry and embracing her in thanks. Silfa completely falls for it and accepts; Silfa looks at the ingredients list and notices that they don’t have enough at home so she’ll have to go shopping. As Silfa is thinking she’ll go shopping tomorrow; Harumi stops by. When Silfa asks why she’s here, Harumi replies she came to go shopping with Takaaki. When Silfa questions if that’s really the reason; Harumi playfully asks if it isn’t because Takaaki got tired of a certain someone’s cooking. Harumi decides to make Takaaki curry and runs to the market; Silfa panics and tries to follow her, but stops at the door as she thinks of all the unpleasantness of being outside. As Silfa is still struggling to get out, Takaaki opens the door as he just got back from school. Silfa then remembers what Haruka said about Takaaki being happy and says she’s going out shopping and heads out. Takaaki tries to follow her, but Ilfa discretely stops him; who tells him not to follow Silfa, because she’ll be fine.

Silfa arrives at the shopping district and looks at the ingredients list to see what to buy; as she’s looking at the list, Harumi snatches it to see what it is. Harumi sees that it’s the recipe for a goshujin-sama ichi koro hisatsu curry and realizes Ilfa has tricked her. Silfa takes the list back and goes to get the meat first, when the butcher asks Silfa if she needs anything Silfa can’t help but see her in a monster-like manner. She’s about to run away, when she runs into Ruuko who helps her with getting meat and requests the meat for her; with Harumi secretly watching them. Ruuko leaves, and Harumi comes out of hiding and tries requesting the same thing; unfortunately, they are now out. Silfa is now getting the vegetables, and again gets freaked out by the seller. This time it’s Tama-nee and Konomi she runs into why trying to run away; so Konomi and Tamaki help her ask for vegetables.  Tamaki asks for potatoes and onions and carrots; Konomi scolds Tamaki for getting the vegetables for her, but Tamaki says she’s only order for herself. Silfa then asks for the same items, though her voice is shaky as she does so. As they leave, Harumi walks up and asks for the same things. Silfa then goes to the market, though this time she has no trouble walking in. The first item she buys is butter, then coffee powder; when she reaches for olive oil, she bumps into Harumi. Silfa notices that Harumi has gotten the same things as her and questions her, and Harumi says that she’ll be the one to make Takaaki curry. The two start having a race to buy the ingredients; though Harumi is asking what’s next on the list. The last item is chocolate, but Harumi gets the last bar; Silfa tries fighting for it, but fortunately a new set of chocolate was just put up. The race continues; eventually Harumi grabs a hold of the list and goes off to get the rest of the ingredients herself; Silfa manages to tear the list back, but Harumi still has a small portion unbeknownst to Silfa. Silfa gets what she believes to be the rest of the ingredients, but Harumi has the part of the list with the last item; which is Cumin, and leaves Harumi to believe she’s won. As soon as Silfa races to the cashier, she again has a hikkikomori moment; eventually Silfa, who got the idea from Harumi joking to cover her face, is able to move forward by putting a box over her head, and heading over to the cashier. As Harumi is walking to Takaaki’s, Ilfa who tells her not to interfere since this was a lesson for Silfa to learn to do the shopping herself intercepts her, but Harumi says it’s unfair, as she wasn’t told about the hisatsu curry. Ilfa says that’s why she didn’t tell her; though she understands her feelings, today is for Silfa.

Silfa returns home and is surprised when she hears that Harumi hasn’t arrived yet. Silfa asks Takaaki to leave the kitchen, as he’ll prevent her from cooking, as Silfa is cooking the curry, Harumi knocks on the window to deliver the cumin Silfa didn’t buy. Silfa finishes t he curry and watches as Takaaki eats it and comments that it’s really good; which gets Silfa’s eyes to light up with delight. Silfa remembers what Haruka told her and gets a bit disappointed that Takaaki is more in love with the curry than with her.
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Marrianne and Sasara make an appearance to criticize on their lack of screen time. Sasara tries to calm down Marrianne, but Marrianne doesn’t take any of it; instead she takes out a teddy and tries to get Sasara to put it on in order to be more appealing. This pisses Sasara off and gets her serious, who then makes a speech on what moe is; such as slender legs in kimono, long silky hair, or breasts that are surprisingly big. Her speech continues with how after Nanako-chan, and the 3 maid robots, it’s their turn to be the heroines.

Opinions:
I know I always say this, but I enjoyed this OVA; the majority of the reason being I really sympathize with Silfa. For anyone who’s never experienced what it’s like to be a hikkikomori, they do a great job of simulating of what goes on in their minds. If you couldn’t tell yet, or haven’t played Silfa’s arc in the game; she’s kinda like a hikkikomori. I find it ironic that she is one, as she’ a robot and being a hikkikomori is more of a social illness; though I suppose you can chalk it up to really good programming? I myself have gone through such things; it was when I spent a summer playing a lot of video games, and my skin got all pale from the lack of sunlight. If you devoid yourself of human contact, after a while you get sort of scared to death by the idea of human contact; also your paranoia hits new levels and you imagine that everyone is criticizing you. To summarize it, it’s like going through the instrumentality project in the last episode of EVA except no one is congratulating you. It’s a tough thing to go through, let me assure you; the worst I got was getting the urge to throw up at the idea of going outside the house to get lunch, so I ordered delivery. I’ve been able to get over it somewhat, but I’m sill curious as to when and how my symptoms developed. Getting back to the episode, I think Harumi Sakurai did a great job of voicing Silfa (she was Hayami in H20 footprints in the sand) as she has a certain tsundere tone and at the same time, a tender tone. The majority of the episode had Ilfa and Harumi (AKA Milfa) help their siste Silfa overcome her problem; I kind of want them to do another season of To Heart 2 just so we can get more of these characters. I mean come on, a hikkikomori maid robot that has to be forced to leave the house? Gold, and I loved/ate it up when she put on that box on her head so she can faced teh cashier; FYI through the minds of a paranoid shut-in, people do look like that because we have paranoid thoughts on how they see us and it just scares/traumatizes us. Moving along, they seem to hint the next volume will focus on Sasara and Marrianne, and that strikes me just fine; hope they have a Sasara or Marrianne pillow case for the special edition ( I bought the special edition of this OVA and I’ll be posting up what I got a bit later).

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