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Mayoi Neko Overrun! – 09

「迷い猫、泳いだ」 (Mayoi Neko, Oyoida)
“Stray Cat, Swam”

It’s not often I can say I enjoy eating my own words, but after I poked fun at how this series was getting pretty random last episode, AIC comes back with an episode about orphans and the love square that develops. It wasn’t even intended to be reverse psychology on myself since I enjoyed the Power Blocks episode more than I care to admit; however, having things back on track about Nozomi’s first visit to the beach is still a nice change of pace. The best part was, in spite of all early signs indicating that this was going to be your run-of-the-mill “beach episode” — which it more or less was thanks to Chise hitting up all the typical beach activities — it ended up offering something in the romance department as well. For what it’s worth, the first fan-service-oriented half did start to work the story from that angle with Nozomi clinging onto Takumi and getting Fumino and Chise all riled up out of jealousy. Once Nozomi was happy with her first beach outing and Chise selfishly decided that everyone’s going to stay overnight for the full-blown experience, things got even better as Takumi and Fumino had a really nice stroll on the beach together.

Fumino may still be completely dishonest with her feelings for Takumi and be the main reason why their relationship hasn’t gone anywhere, but they sure did look good together there. It was rather convenient for them to follow that up with a boat ride and wind up stranded on a small island when it started pouring, but I’m not complaining when putting them together in a rickety shack out in the middle or nowhere was the perfect setting to get the ball rolling. I realize that Fumino’s tsundere self isn’t as easy to grow fond of as Misaki’s, but I partly see that as Okamoto Nobuhiko‘s inability to work the Takumi here like he does over there. (Usui Takumi > Tsuzuki Takumi) To compound the problem, Fumino doesn’t exactly leave many openings in her tough exterior to begin with, making it a pretty terrible combination when this Takumi isn’t nearly as forthgoing. In short, it’s a different game that requires some help on Fumino’s part, which is why this situation was ideal for that.

Watching her make Takumi swear not to do anything to her in her sleep and then get upset to the point where she slapped him when he did so emphatically was a good wake up call for both of them. Takumi’s still too dense to picture the possibility that his childhood friend is in love with him, but at least that gave him clear indication that something’s bothering her. Granted, she still didn’t help when they were stargazing and indirectly reminiscing about how they once watched the Leonids meteor shower together, but I really felt sorry for Fumino when Takumi asked her if the wish she made then has come true and she tearfully replied that it hadn’t at all. I was hoping he’d reach out to her and comfort him in some way while she was crying to herself, but I can’t really blame him for being hesitant to do so when he just got slapped and had no idea why.

Admittedly, I was at a loss on how these two would ever work things out since it felt like both sides had come to a complete standstill, which is why I praise the magic of having a girl stumble and fall over on top of guy. It’s pretty cheesy, but if that closeness was all they needed to start seeing each other as something more than childhood friends then I’m all on board. Given how the two of them feel awkward around one another now and how Fumino in particular is finally showing signs of her softer girlish side, I’m really looking forward to seeing where their relationship goes from here. It should be interesting too since Ieyasu and Chise have taken notice as well, even though the latter won’t acknowledge it (and her loss). It’s really late in the series’ short twelve episode run, but it looks like romance is in the air. Hurray!



June 2, 2010 at 2:22 am
  • June 2, 2010 at 2:36 amClick

    For some reason, I felt that it was even more random for them to return to the love square situation xD. Maybe I just got used to the total randomness of the past few episodes(especially the Grand Braver episode) :P

  • June 2, 2010 at 4:12 amAlec

    totally hate the RANDOMNESS of this anime…it cant be helped. its not like i expected anything special in this anime

  • June 2, 2010 at 5:50 amZeroYuki

    Finally Mayoi Neko returned to being good again. That’s what you get for rotating directors?

  • June 2, 2010 at 8:48 amjoshua

    Thank God it went back to the love story! Now is it going to stay this way to the end or just taunt us with one proper episode and then go back to the full retard?

  • June 2, 2010 at 11:24 ammeowed

    This beach episode wasn’t supposed to go as it was supposed to go. :( (from the manga)

  • June 2, 2010 at 1:13 pmAuroraFlame

    Has it really come back?!?! Has the trolling stopped?!?!

  • June 2, 2010 at 8:01 pmお化け屋敷の主人

    Hey, at least the animation quality isn’t as bad as the previous couple episodes. So let’s sit back and see how it turns out for Takumi and Fumino, I mean, if you had already made it this far, might as well finish it.

  • June 5, 2010 at 12:50 amVegetarian4Life

    All I have to say is that Tsunderes are incredibly frustrating. How was Takumi supposed to know how Fumino felt when she is always getting mad about everything? He can’t win. I don’t know why tsunderes are so popular.

  • June 5, 2010 at 1:57 amUppfinnarn

    Chise’s way of calling Takumi his slave or calling herself his master reminds me of Taiga from Toradora