And I was all like..."Elf annoys the hell out of me. If she's the hook, screw this noise!"
Pete was right.
Elf Yamada is a gloriously whacked antagonist. I mean she is epically nutsoid in a most entertaining way. Now in any other show with someone like her that would be the alpha and omega of her characterization, but not in this show...
Elf is a remarkably successful young author. She's just bought a big house in Tokyo. (Admittedly it's run down, rumored to be haunted, being eaten by kudzu and in need of repairs....and next door to our Protagonists). She's also (apparently) put out for cosmetic surgery on her ears...because her pen name is Elf.
Yes. The cray-cray is strong with this one.
She's got that very quirky, borderline schizo eccentricity that brilliant people sometimes exhibit. That being established, there are a couple of really good scenes between her and our hero that give insight into both their characters and go into the difference between a professional and a fan. Despite her success, in terms of mindset she's basically a hobbyist at this writing thing, whereas Masamune, our protagonist is very much a professional. However, while Elf is arrogant and highly competitive she seems to be a genuinely nice person and, despite her bizarre quirks...
..she is unquestionably competent at what she does.
There was an amazing amount of character development and exposition in this episode, and all of it was superbly written.
I'm afraid I've gotta watch more of this delightful trainwreck.
Honestly, if they really go with the little sister I'll puke.
He should pursue the girl running the bookstore.
Elf is awesome, but there is SO much exuberant eccentricity there that I'd be afraid any relationship would end in tears, or blood, or molassess or somesuch.
OTOH it would not be a boring path to ruin.
I agree about Elf: she's a handful ("stop drooling!" my wife yells) and with an Alpha male would make a fantastic wife.
With a Beta, the guy will be in slippers & an apron in a week while Elf's out banging the 'next big thing' in light novel world.
Bookstore girl? Ten quatloos that's a dude wearing a girl skinsuit.
I don't have as good a gathering to discuss it, but here's a bit of fanon, about Elf's comrade, Muramasa:
I think her name must be Hana, because she probably was naive enough to sign her first letter with her real name.