Kimi ni Todoke 2nd Season – 04
See, now this is why this series impresses me so much. I usually don’t expect much realism in anime, nor do I expect supporting characters to ever actually play a significant role for the main characters, because that’s just how years of watching the medium has conditioned me to think. I joke around saying they always use “japanese logic” in things, with twisty wordy sentences that don’t really make sense, or just around the bend solutions that seems clever, but you hesitate to think so. Usually, this doesn’t matter, but when you’ve only got romance driving your story arc, relying on “japanese logic” just isn’t engaging anymore. So when Ayane actually sat down with Sawako and went over what happened in the past two episodes, and then presented a solution, I just clapped. No denials, no delays, just a good friend to slap some sense into our almost frustrating characters before the issue became stagnant. On the other hand, they made such a scene moving, rewarding, satisfying, AND funny. Very impressive.
After 30 episodes, Chizuru finally finds out Kazehaya likes Sawako. The multiple reactions towards each revelation had me in stitches, but it also acted as sort of a highlight to why the hell our main couple hasn’t gotten together yet. Anyone who has been confused or frustrated why they’re taking so long should probably feel diffused along with Chizuru. Ayane’s remark about not wanting Sawako to feel inferior or to have the couple getting together as a pity thing, or just in name, is probably the deepest KnT’s ever been regarding relationships so far (since we’re well past Sawako and friend making, sort of). Again, the great thing is, it all makes sense, and having predicted as much from Ayane’s behavior in the past episodes, you just get this satisfaction from seeing confirmation that the story actually knows what it’s doing. AND AYANE NEW HAIRSTYLE WHAAAAT
Meanwhile, Kazehaya’s character has been stamped on repeatedly by paranoia, the culprits being Kent (who is STILL ambiguous to what his intentions really are) and hilariously by accident, Chizuru. His popularity strikes once more as the main problem, but can you really blame him? It’s all those damn girls, why do they have to be so evil? The ending scene was amazingly poetic: The supporting characters helplessly standing behind Kazehaya all finally knowing the situation, Kent and Sawako up in front as the impending danger to defeat, and Kazehaya in the middle, the lone fallen knight, realizing that he himself is also an obstacle. Cue tear inducing song. ;_;