I’ve seen the first three episodes of Haruka Nogizaka’s Secret, and it’s turning out to be a sweet romance comedy series. The show takes the viewpoint of Yuto Ayase, your basic, undistinct, ordinary high school student, and his take on Haruka Nogizaka, the school’s #1 idol. Haruka is refined, beautiful, intelligent, and rich. The student body simply puts her on a pedestal, as if she is a goddess. But Yuto accidentally stumbles on her secret—she is a closet, hardcore otaku. And given the general distaste of the student body for otakus, she gets Yuto to keep her secret, thereby building the premise of this anime show.
This show very much reminds me of Gainax’ His and Her Circumstances (Kare kano). Like Secret, His and Her was also a romance comedy revolving two high school students (school idols at that). However, I think Secret’s storyline will be less dark and more straightforward compared to His and Her’s. There’s a budding romance between Haruka and Yuto, and I think we can predict how that will turn out. The secret will also be something that I think the show will resolve (and we’ve seen beginnings of that in episode 3).
Secret looks like a harem show. Yuto wears glasses, and reminds me of Keitaro from Love Hina. Haruka’s sister and maids supply the rest of the girls for the harem. The student body and Haruka’s family will probably have some input on the Haruka-Yuto relationship.
If Haruka Nogizaka’s Secret ends up with even half the popularity of His and Her or Love Hina, then the show will be the anime hit show of the summer.