Okay, so based on the past two Episodes I have to say I’m not a fan of this show so far. The dynamics are funny and the voice acting is really well done, but I really am not a fan of making these girls fight for Naoya, a mid man at best. Naoya’s pension for accepting absolutely anybody that has feelings for him is a bit of an insult to Saki, who absolutely did not sign up for that when she entered a relationship with her childhood friend.
That all would be fine and well if Saki was able to properly consent to the relationship. We see Naoya completely disregarding her feelings time and time again, choosing favoritism of Nagisa over Saki.
Let’s make this clear: This is NOT a normal and healthy polyamorous relationship.
So…sigh…let’s get into Episode 3.
So, the first seven minutes of this episode is spent finding a quiet spot for Naoya, Saki and Nagisa to quietly eat lunch together. I’m not opposed to this idea normally, since it seems like Saki doesn’t hate Nagisa and doesn’t mind eating together — although, they have to do it in secret, according to Saki’s boundaries. There’s this reoccurring joke that Nagisa is used to eating lunch in toilets all alone, and that was pretty funny.
Well, they settle on sneaking lunch in the Gym Storage room, where more general boring fluff happens with them exclaiming how yummy the lunch is.
Sidenote, I hate this trope, it’s so boring.
Over the next few days, we see Nagisa continuing to make them lunch at home, and she even exclaims that she’ll literally work herself to the bone if Naoya desires it. She’ll even do “any sort of work” — leading Saki to picture Nagisa as a “host” (a Prostitute) in some weird visualization sequence.
I think it just goes to show how little self worth these girls have, especially Nagisa, who are literally giving up any sort of dream or desire they have all in the name of gaining Naoya’s affection. It’s things like this that actually make me enjoy Rent-A-Girlfriend more, because at least Chizuru has a dream. At least those girls have some semblance of agency.
Saki realizes that she’s practically horribly inferior to Nagisa, not doing chores or cooking, and starts to feel horrible again, worrying that Naoya will leave her for Nagisa. Once again, this competitive mindset is showing up, and it’s Naoya’s fault. There’s no equal-footing. In polyamorous relationships, both partners get to have multiple partners. It’s only Naoya who gets to do whatever he wants here. While Saki and Nagisa may only want Naoya, it’s evident he doesn’t feel the same amount of dedication for them as they do for him.
She goes so far as to try and sleep with Naoya that night to desperately get a “one-up” on him, but look at what he says:
I CANNOT BELIEVE THIS DUDE.
“I can’t lie like that to Nagisa”?! YOU SO EASILY LIED TO SAKI LAST EPISODE ABOUT NAGISA SNOOPING THROUGH HER PHONE!!!!!
Just say you don’t like Saki. Just break up with Saki already, because this is HEARTBREAKING to watch.
Saki finally stands her ground and leaves the apartment, and Naoya tries horribly embarrassing things like paying her off for her to come back. But you know what ultimately gets her to come back? You’ll never guess.
Yup, Saki comes back to the house because Nagisa put Naoya’s hand on her chest. She comes back out of pure jealousy to ensure that Naoya and Nagisa don’t get too close.
I am so infuriated at this series right now. Saki, in my head canon, you left and never returned to his sorry ass.