The Best Episodes of Saekano: How to Raise a Boring Girlfriend
Last Updated: Mar 21, 2019
The life of Tomoyo Aki, a highschool otaku working part time to support his BD hoarding. With remarkable luck, he bumps head-first into, Megumi Kato, the most beautiful girl he has ever seen. Naturally, the meeting twists his life into a complicated torrent of relationships. Eriri Spencer Sawamura, his half-foreigner childhood friend who's always valued her relationship with MC. Kasumigaoka Utaha, a cold, composed renowned literary genius who shoves everyone aside from our protagonist. What is this? An eroge introduction? The tale of a small not quite doujin circle, but not quite indie studio's journey through the tough territory of comiket and beyond.
#1 - Deciding the Night for Two
Season 1 - Episode 6
In a flashback, Utaha meets Tomoya personally for the first time during a book signing. She becomes impressed with his knowledge of her books and eventually is enamored with him. In the present day, Tomoya misses their scheduled meeting, which upsets Utaha. She then recalls an incident six months ago, during which she gave Tomoya an advanced copy of her final manuscript before its release, only for him to turn the responsibility down because she was only doing it to hear his feedback and not those of other fans. Later on, as a rainstorm approaches, she is surprised to see Tomoya running up to her in the rain. While allowing Tomoya to take a hot bath in a hotel room, Utaha is shocked after realizing her manager ordered the room for the both of them for the night. After taking a shower herself, Utaha has a conversation with Tomoya, who asks her for help in improving the game's plot. At first, she is upset by this, but changes her mind after he suggests keeping both storylines as game routes. After spending the entire night working out the plot, Utaha leaves the room, but not before acknowledging Tomoya as a creator. The day before, Megumi and Eriri meet up at the mall after Tomoya leaves so that Eriri could draw a quick sketch. Eriri is pleased with her drawing, having unexpectedly upset Megumi when she reminded her that Tomoya abruptly ended their date to chase after Utaha.
#4 - Resume and Start the Game
Season 2 - Episode 11
Tomoya is heartbroken by Utaha and Eriri's departure from the Dōjin Team, but Megumi takes the opportunity to ask Tomoya out on a date again. Back at Rokutenba Mall, the two of them go around the different stores reliving their previous date here. They visit a hat store last, and Tomoya buys her a certain hat to thank her for cheering him up and to repay her for the glasses she gifted him earlier.
#5 - The Date Event of Crossing Paths
Season 1 - Episode 5
The circle activities begin, and Eriri experiences a difficulty in getting Megumi to display exaggerated emotions for inspiration for her sketches. When Megumi leaves to practice her expressions, Tomoya and Eriri talk about how emotionless she is and the challenge it presents for the game. Tomoya then asks Eriri on dating advice, as he and Megumi planned to go shopping the following weekend. At first, she gives it to him, but realizes his intentions and becomes enraged. Utaha overhears the conversation and is further inspired to write the game's plot. The next day, she finishes, and while Tomoya is impressed by the final result, he asks for a better conclusion, which upsets Eriri, as she wants to finish development as soon as possible. Tomoya and Megumi then go shopping at the mall, with Tomoya becoming increasingly uncomfortable about interacting with what he views as regular people. Upon reaching the last store, Tomoya realizes Megumi is buying glasses for him as thanks for accompanying her.
#8 - One-on-one Route After 8 Years
Season 1 - Episode 9
Tomoya abruptly wakes in his bed and notices that there is a woman sleeping alongside him. He realizes that it is Utaha, who was invited to his house by Megumi. When the three of them discuss why Eriri got angry, Utaha tells Tomoya that Eriri has lost her pride as a creator and that she subsequently lost her footing as Tomoya's childhood friend. She provides him with advice on how to reconcile with Eriri. Afterwards, Tomoya goes to the Comiket, where he meets Iori and asks her to help him get Eriri back to his circle. At night, against the dark sky, lit with fireworks that erupt over Eriri's house, Tomoya appears in her garden and cries out to her in accordance with Utaha's plan, and then takes her to the elementary school they used to attend. Eriri begins to cry and tells Tomoya that she is not as important to him as Izumi, who got to know him recently. He reveals to Eriri that he had blamed her for breaking off contact with him and making new friends. Afterwards, she pledges to become Tomoya's "number one", and then Tomoya carries her home on his back. In Tomoya's room, Eriri makes a new "circle cut" and delivers it to the circle's members.
#10 - The Way of Two Boring Rivals' Encounter
Season 2 - Episode 1
One and a half years ago at Toyogasaki Academy. Utaha confirms that the library is carrying the light novel she wrote Metronome in Love. She leaves and gets stopped along the way by Eriri Spencer Sawamura. We finally get to see how Eriri and Utaha meet. What exactly happened between them?!
#11 - And the Rivals Will Challenge God
Season 2 - Episode 10
After the meeting with Akane, Eriri had every intention of not working for Akane. However, Utaha points out that she agreed with her comment about her slump and that she should think about the opportunity this presents. Some time later, Eriri calls Utaha over and convinces her that she is out of her slump and is able to draw better than ever, while also letting her know that she has accepted the offer to work on Field Chronicles XIII. With Eriri joining, Utaha decides to join the project in more of a supervisor role resulting in both girls leaving the circle. While Tomoya discusses the future of his next project with Iori, Iori lets him know that he and Izumi have left Rouge en Rouge feeling that they could not do what they want by remaining in that circle. Tomoya goes up that slope where he met Megumi a year ago, and Megumi is waiting for him.
#13 - The New Revenge Plan
Season 2 - Episode 7
The game Tomoya and his colleagues completed "cherry blessing" gained a lot of popularity on the Internet because of Eriri's art and Utaha's script, leading them to sell out all their copies at their booth, and receive a massive amount of additional orders.
#14 - New Route of Two Nights and Three Days
Season 2 - Episode 4
Tomoya has noticed a fatal flaw in the script Utaha had written. While her script reads amazingly as a novel, it does not hold up very well as a game script. As the director, Tomoya decides the script needs to be rewritten and begins revising it. Fortunately, Utaha comes in to help as well after composing herself, and the two of them work together to improve the writing as a game script.
#15 - Budget, Deadline and New Development
Season 1 - Episode 4
Megumi is impressed after she finishes reading a light novel series written by Utaha. Meanwhile, hoping to learn more about Utaha's new book ahead of the rest of the public, Tomoya has a job interview with her and gets a job as a part-time editor, much to her displeasure. It is then revealed that Utaha's series gained its popularity due to Tomoya featuring it on his well-known blog site. He spends much of the day writing an interview article, after which Utaha offers her assistance on his project proposal, surprising him. Later on, Eriri decides to join in on the project as well. During a meeting between Tomoya, Eriri, and Utaha in the AV room, Tomoya announces the production schedule and declares the release date to be during the Winter Comiket. However, because of the funding necessitated to further the project, Tomoya is forced to work a number of odd jobs. While working one of these jobs, he is shocked to see Megumi with another boy. Though it turns out the boy is just her visiting cousin, Keiichi, he chastises her for straying from the heroine formula and tells her not to see Keiichi for the time being. When Megumi tells him that she plans to go shopping with Keiichi, Tomoya asks her out, and she accepts.
#16 - Turning Point of Earnest and Real
Season 2 - Episode 2
Utaha and Tomoya go out on a date in Ikebukuro to celebrate the completion of the script. After going around to a book store and movie theater, they have dinner at a restaurant. That's when Utaha asks Tomoya whether she should attend a nearby university or one located in Kansai for college. Tomoya gives her his answer at the end of the date. Hearing it, Utaha decides to take a certain action.
#17 - A Wingman's Traumatic Recollection Mode
Season 1 - Episode 8
In Tomoya's room, while Eriri silently writes a manuscript, Tomoya and Eriri argue over some minor things regarding the deadline for submitting it. Afterwards, Megumi and Tomoya play video games, during which he praises her, saying that she has become a fine otaku. He asks whether Eriri will join Rouge en rouge, but she tells him that she has decided to become his illustrator. On the day of the Summer Comiket, Megumi is bewildered by the large crowd, but, by following Tomoya, she manages to arrive at the dōjin circle where Izumi is, and the two help with Izumi's circle activity. When Izumi talks about the Comiket, Tomoya is impressed with the quality of her works, since it has only been a year since she started. Tomoya concocts a plan and when Izumi talks with Megumi, he starts carrying it out. Thanks to Tomoya's cooperation, Izumi's dōjin circle has an increase in its sales and is extremely well received, which makes a positive impression on Izumi. When the Comiket is over and Tomoya leaves, he meets Eriri, who has Izumi's circle's book. She tells Tomoya with teary eyes that she is no longer loved by him, and then runs away.
#18 - Deadline or Awakening
Season 2 - Episode 5
With the script rewrites and additional character route, game production has been significantly delayed, and it's becoming apparent that Eriri is running behind with the art. Utaha points out the quality doesn't reflect the time she's putting in. Even so, Tomoya trusts that Eriri will deliver in the end. So Eriri withdraws herself to her secluded family villa in Nasu Kogen to focus on her work...
#20 - Friend, Foe or a New Character
Season 1 - Episode 7
With the deadline for the manuscript of their dōjin circle drawing near, Eriri invites Tomoya to her house. There, she comes up with an idea how to push her creativity to the limits and the two engage in a role-play scenario. Thanks to their efforts, Eriri's work nears completion. At the school gate, Tomoya realizes Megumi changed her hairstyle, and he presses her for an explanation. Meanwhile, he meets Izumi, who is a childhood friend, an otaku, and a member of the dōjin circle Fancy Wave. Tomoya reminisces with Izumi, who gives him a ticket to the Comiket and tells him that she wants him to come to her dōjin circle. Additionally, she reveals to Tomoya that everything she has now is thanks to him. As Tomoya and Eriri walk home, they reunite with their old friend, Iori, who is the representative of the dōjin circle Rouge en rouge. Iori is looking for an illustrator, so he announces a challenge to Tomoya, in which both must prove whether they are the most qualified person to use Eriri as their group's illustrator.
#21 - A Melody of Reminiscing and Support
Season 1 - Episode 10
Tomoya, Eriri, Utaha, and Megumi hold a video conference in regards to producing a game, and afterwards, Tomoya heads off to take a bath. On his way there, he bumps into a girl and realizes she is his cousin, Michiru. Michiru tells Tomoya that she ran away from home after a fight with her father over her membership in a band. After school, in the club room, Tomoya is contacted by Michiru, after which Utaha attacks him with questions about his relationship with Michiru. Tomoya goes home and is shocked to discover his otaku goods dumped in the garbage by Michiru. He confronts her about it, but she orders him to cease acting like an otaku and to think about his future. After the two talk about her band activity and his otaku activities, Tomoya gets in the bath, and while he is bathing, he hears Michiru playing music. Her music touches Tomoya's heart, invoking mental imagery of a cut scene from a game. Afterwards, he decides to introduce Michiru to his game circle.
#22 - First Draft, Second Draft and Great Long Thinking
Season 2 - Episode 3
Tomoya and the others arrive to meet Izumi, but to their surprise, Iori is there waiting as well. Iori reveals that his Dōjin Team, Rouge en Rouge, is making a new game that is in the same genre as the game Blessing Software is working on, and that Izumi will be in charge of its art. Tomoya believes in his team members, but Iori tells him that he is confident his game's story will be better.