MM! – 09
「MFCの華麗なる陰謀」 (MFC no Karei naru Inbō)
“MFC’s Elegant Conspiracy”
And it finally arrives! Mio’s first true love development episode has come, and did I ever love the fuck out of it. While Yuuno is sweet and elegant, she lacks the “tsun” to go along with her “dere”, and Mio brings it in droves. As regular readers know, I’ve been pining for a Mio centric love development episode ever since Yuuno first had her own with Tarou, and while the date in episode 4 was development to a certain degree, as in the friendzone level, it didn’t come off as being truly romantic. However, this episode was exactly what I was waiting for, concrete proof that Mio has at least some feelings for Tarou. I have to wonder why it took this long to reach this point, especially since it seemed as if Taoru and Mio’s relationship would be the focal point of the series in the first episode, but I’m not complaining that it finally came. I guess the reason why I’m so excited is because I’ve always felt like the development between Yuuno and Tarou was something of a red herring, distracting us from the real couple of the series, Mio and Tarou. Frankly, the development between Yuuno and Tarou has been concentrated on far too blatantly to feel like the real focus of the series, especially in comparison to the focus Mio’s character has gotten thus far. Not only that, Yuuno has always felt like somewhat of a clinging puppy who needs Tarou to survive, whereas Mio’s character is independent and can take care of herself and what she wants. In romances that I’ve read and watched, it’s usually the latter archetype that ends up with the lead guy. Perhaps it’s just my tendency to naturally think that the truth behind a plot device in a story is the opposite of what is going on, but I have a good feeling that in this case it’s completely true.
Leaving the shipping for another day, this episode was a great outlet for Mio shots, with her making at least 100 different adorable expressions. If nothing else, Mio certainly has a more animated repertoire of facial expressions than Yuuno, who in hindsight is very bland in comparison to Mio. While it’s a bit biploar, I love how Mio goes from kicking Tarou a bit playfully one second to having him buy her a crepe the next, and then even insisting on eating the one he got for himself. It’s just so cute I can’t stand it. While Yuuno has her own charms in the way of cuteness, I much prefer Mio’s style. it’s no wonder she has her own crazy fan club that’s completely dedicated to her. Also, while I did think her little fear of cats was a bit exaggerated and cheesy, the expression she made while “telling” Tarou he could hold her hand was just irresistible. I don’t mind cheesy plot devices if it means we can see Mio act more like that.
Still, even though I’m fawning over the first bit of Mio centralism we’ve gotten in quite a while, I’m disappointed that we were still not shown any of her past. The closest we got was that Mio won her school’s beauty pageant the previous year and, instead of going with a boy for her hot springs trip, went with Michiru instead. What’s interesting is that it sounds like there’s more to this story, judging from Mio’s tone of voice while telling Tarou she could go with whomever she wanted, so I’m hoping that it gets expanded on before the end of this season. While I don’t expect anything to be resolved in this anime as it’s an adaptation from a light novel which has yet to complete its run, I do hope that what’s been presented to us so far about Mio at least gets further explanation.