Tomoya’s actions result in the date with Megumi here and I am impressed with this! You know come to think of it as dense as she is she’s actually the only normal girl out of the group. She may not understand how the world of anime and doujin work but she’s at least making an attempt at understanding that– especially when she’s so set at going out with Tomoya for the day.
The usual fanservice sequences are replaced by Tomoya’s attempt at connecting with the real world– going to mall is one of the worst places to endure a crowd situation and Saenai knocks it out of the park here! Eriri and Utaha both sit back because they know it’s for the sake of the project in developing strong ideas by Tomoya as a creator and for Megumi to pinpoint what would make her the heroine loved by players. Tomoya is used to the Comiket crowds so it shouldn’t be any feat to get Megumi to the shops she needs to be at. The manga is still ongoing and I have to wonder if we aren’t seeing the actual game in fruition.
The mall sequence is the perfect setup for a romance adventure side-story focusing on just one girl that if this does turn out to be true would be very funny. This is a very refreshing episode that takes steps outside of Tomoya’s house, the club room at the school and grounds it into more reality without putting two of its pivotal characters into a cliched harem slump.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: 8/10