The girls of Saekano, Michiru, Utaha and Eriri leap into the new season with their skimpy bikinis.
The Male Gaze.
Most of the prologue episode takes place as the girls talk to each other lounging around an indoor pool at a swanky hotel. Luckily, if the conversation was too boring, the camera gave us interesting angles to keep our attention.
Megumi hadn't been a big source of fanservice in the first season, but since this show is supposed to be about elevating a boring girlfriend into someone worthy of the True Ending Route, Megumi is definitely stepping up her game. Also, after years of seeing artwork of her in this striped bikini, it's very welcome to see what the hubbub was about. Now it's more like hubba hubba!
Izumi didn't have much time to shine last time around, but now that Megumi knows who she is and how she's related to Tomoya, she's getting invited to group events. A normal girl like Megumi thinks this is normal behavior. The other girls are not normal and don't like this new addition at all.
Tomoya's cousin Michiru makes another big splash in the prologue episode, just as she did in the first season. Hopefully, it won't take another 10 episodes before we see her again this season.
Eriri Spencer Sawamura.
Eriri continues to be the source of freakout gags. She already had a hard time with Michiru the cousin upstaging her seniority for childhood friend status, but Izumi the junior fits the little sister role too. And she's got big boobs like Michiru. Eriri just can't even.
Utaha Best Girl just can't stop her scheming ways. Whether it's "practicing CPR" for the game's pool scenario or pulling a very warm room card out of her cleavage, Utaha makes it clear that getting Tomoya comes first, finishing the game comes second.
The Harem and OTP.
Tomoya, the otaku's otaku, had tried to avoid looking at the skimpy bikinis and just talk about anime, manga and games. Sounds just like the first prologue... But all this was to benefit Megumi, who didn't want to model a sexy bathing suit unless the other girls wore bathing suits too. How's that for a harem scenario? Megumi is learning. She's also smiling and sharing small normal moments with Tomoya. Who's elevating whom here? This is actually How to Raise a Nerdy Boyfriend.