Hourou Musuko – 02
「きらい きらい 大嫌い ～Cry baby cry～」 (Kirai, Kirai, Daikirai ~Cry baby cry~)
“Hate, Hate, Despise ~Cry baby cry~”
The next installment focuses on Chiba Saori, a bitter misanthropic girl with a not so complex past. Sprinkle some subtle development for most of the characters along the way, and you’ve got a decent episode.
I don’t know if beginning with a faux interview will be a trend, but it helps set the focus, and may be the adaptation’s way of dealing with several grades being skipped. A flashback was employed, but both scenes were pretty brief, so I’m going to assume AIC’s just going to bring up relevant information when necessary. Throwing us in the middle of a story was a gamble, but the plot holds up, stays coherent, and issues arise with a little mystery to them.
This time, Chiba thrashes around with untold angst and we’re left wondering, what is up? My powerful deduction from last episode was spot on, as it seems both Chiba and Takatsuki were hating on each other over Nitori. However, it’s a little deeper than that, as Chiba likes to play the victim, and it turns out this wasn’t the first time. A manipulative girl who acts like she’s the innocent one? Sounds like a certain other girl. There’s probably more to Chiba’s story, but it probably won’t be worth anything to me, since no matter what her reason is, it doesn’t really excuse her from treating a friend like crap. Even so, it seems they’ve resolved their issues for now. Meanwhile, Nitori’s issues gets put aside, and it’s implied that his friend, Ariga Makoto (Iguchi Yuuichi), shares the same gender identity problems, which would explain his understanding of Nitori’s cross-dressing escapades. Nitori subtly expresses his dislike for male “stink,” and is happy when he is described as “like a girl,” even though that’s meant as an insult, which pisses his sister off to no end. It’s still a bit of a mess to track who exactly has what they have to deal with, especially with so much untold about the majority of the cast.
Honestly, it’s difficult to tell where the series could go. There’s Nitori’s romantic pining for Takatsuki, so that could be some kind of development to gauge, but other than that, there’s just dealing with self issues and what life throws at them. Sounds good to me, but now we just need a lot more of it before we can get somewhere. I do feel they could have packed in more within this episode, rather than devoting most of the time to Chiba, but maybe the importance of that flew over my head. Regardless, Nitori has admitted to still having feelings for Takatsuki, who stood up and acted “cool,” which I’m guessing is supposed to imply how much she’s like a “guy.” Oh wait, I see what you did there.