Well, we’ve finally made it. This is the final episode of My Tiny Senpai — and it sure has been a ride…. kind of.
I mean, we saw a few cats…. and a few plushies…? And I guess… a lot of office work. The past few episodes had a decent amount of accidental touching between Shiori and Shinozaki, though!
Well, let’s see where the finale takes us.
This episode starts off with Shiori and Shinozaki walking together at night. Shiori creates a misunderstanding by asking Shinozaki if he wants to do “something naughty” before going to the train station together, but it turns out she just wanted some late-night Ramen (“Ramen” is seen as junk food in Japan).
As they walk away from the ramen stand after eating, they overhear a couple’s conversation about how if you want late-night ramen it must mean you have a large libido. Shiori and Shinozaki are very flustered by this.
At the office, one of Shinozaki’s female coworkers is showing off a Dating Simulator prototype of Meowtaro from a woman’s perspective, to hopefully appeal to the woman audience. However, Kurusu, the newbie from a different department, definitely doesn’t like nor understand this portrayal of Meowtaro.
In the game, the protagonist gets soft-rejected on the roof, leading Shinozaki and Shiori to recognize this scenario as exactly what happened to them a few episodes ago. They both feel dejected, but feel better when the coworker/Developer of the game informs them that it’s not the complete end if that happens; there’s always a workaround or way to get back. Shinozaki is particularly relieved to hear this. The dev is confused why they would be so obsessed with a prototype.
While walking to the train station that day, Shinozaki says that he’s nervous they’ll always be Senpai and Kohai and nothing more; but Shiori says that she “wouldn’t be upset” if things started to change a bit between them. This ambiguous wording is exacerbated when they agree that they can text or go places together “as friends”.
Well the next morning, nothing much has changed between them relationship-wise. The office tries to get a group to go to the amusement park together but their conflicting schedules leaves the plan dead in the water; leading Shinozaki to personally invite — and only invite — Shiori. They both agree on a day and we get a cute scene of them choosing clothes.
The episode is already almost over, but we see them greet each other at the train station and enter the amusement park together. They plan to take a photo, and Akina/Hayakawa/Shinozaki’s sister all appear to take the photo for them.
Roll credits, end of season.
Opinions / Analysis
How annoying that the entire first season happened and the only development was that they can now go places together. Seriously, it feels as though 12 episodes happened and we have nothing to show for it. No progress — except for a single photo they took at an amusement park.
This show was all right, but nothing great happened in it nor do we get any real romantic development. Nor did Akina/Hayakawa get together!! How upsetting. Come on, now. You’re all adults!
All in all, there are better shows to watch if you’re looking for Romance or Comedy.