Hourou Musuko – 04
「私の名前をあげる～The sound of your name～」 (Watashi no Namae o Ageru ~The sound of your name~)
“I’ll Give You My Name ~The sound of your name~”
Chiba has a seriously prickly personality, but her straightforward albeit a bit tactless attitude is admirable in my opinion. Romance can be a particularly awkward topic to broach when you are one of the parties involved, but she goes for the no-nonsense flat-out confession, and maintains her line even after being rejected. As a result though she has gone through some rough emotions with her feelings for Nitori, and as Ariga pointed out, feelings she still has. The odd triangle relationship that Chiba, Nitori, and Takatsuki have really complicates things, as any unreciprocated feelings can be very painful, as is especially evident for Chiba.
I thought it was great for all their friends to help out with writing the script for the play, but evidently Chiba doesn’t think so — perhaps wanting Nitori for herself. I feel really bad for her since I can’t help but feel her attempts are a lost cause, but I also wish she wouldn’t lash out at the goodwill of others as it makes her a very unlikable person. She showed herself as a pretty potent driving force in Nitori’s life in this episode though, and I always feel they ask some pretty deep questions for their age. The problem they face is a tough one for people of any maturity level and much more so for middle schoolers. Chiba’s question about what Nitori really wants actually brought tears to his eyes and got him thinking hard about himself. I’m guessing they haven’t talked with their parents and are instead dealing with it just with their friends, but cross-dressing has limits, and as Chiba brought up, surgery can change things, but even that has an extent.
Both Nitori and Takatsuki still have to continue to deal with the issue of puberty and they use clothing and swap names to attempt to reverse their gender roles. Their struggles and concerns manifest themselves through the Romeo and Juliet play they hope to do, and I can’t help but wonder what their classmates will think. I imagine most people won’t be that tolerant and would get very uncomfortable with an issue like that. So far though, most people seem supportive or at least indifferent. I like how they show snippets of other characters, but it doesn’t break from the flow since everything shown is still revolving around the main characters while at the same time making the interactions so much more intricate. Anna for example doesn’t really seem to have a major role in the story, but her creepy gift to Nitori was pretty quirky and contributes to the development. Plot-wise though things moved extremely slowly, and at this rate the actual play may not be seen anytime soon.
Note: I’ll be blogging this series now.