Hourou Musuko – 06
「文化祭 ～Dream of butterfly～」 (Bunkasai ~Dream of butterfly~)
“Cultural Festival ~Dream of butterfly~”
The cultural festival has finally rolled around and in-turn the gender bender play the characters have been planning for months. It’s a pretty important event symbolically for Ariga especially since he was the only one of the three GID primary characters who landed a main role in the Romeo and Juliet play, but I still question the wisdom of using a random draw to select the roles given the difference in acting abilities. As both Takatsuki and Nitori were regulated to sideline roles in the play, I think it’s wasn’t that bad for them to be mostly observing the play and contribute to its success. The play was also written with a strong implicit expectation that Nitori was getting the role of Juliet so the casting was still definitely unexpected.
What’s done is done and so before the play, all the characters were coincidentally brought together in the haunted house to calm their nerves by letting out the stress through screaming their heads off, though that backfired slightly when Sarashima was revealed to be a huge fan of Maiko. All the people they met that expected Nitori to be Juliet also did not help Ariga, causing him to blank out momentarily when the curtains went up. The long awkward silence had me fearing the worst, but luckily he pulled his act together and got through the play alright, although his mom teased him to no end afterwards, as all great parents do.
Saori did fine as expected, but she retains her cold personality and still seems inclined to chop off everyone’s heads, and she shows her softer side only to Nitori. Her interactions with others show an huge contrast, but she also seems to be warming slightly to Ariga. He is one of the few people who has really tried to get through to Saori, although up until now has been sharply rebuffed. Time heals wounds, and I think Saori will start to soften up a bit as the series goes on; unfortunately her feelings for Nitori will probably still be in vain.
On a side note, I think Nitori’s connection to the modeling word (through his sister) makes things pretty interesting and is a part I don’t mind seeing. The clothing and fashion that the characters wear actually caught my attention as we’re not just seeing the normal school uniform. I notice that I tend to prefer Asian fashion vs. European/North American fashion, whether it be Japanese, Korean, Chinese/Taiwanese, etc. and that makes this quirk all the more appealing. Nitori’s teen model celebrity acquaintances make for some funny scenes too and Anna especially seems like she is finding Nitori more and more interesting.