A-Channel – 11
「たんじょうび – Allow Me」 (Tanjyoubi)
“Birthday – Allow Me”
Back in High School, I remember that all my friends were a grade higher than me. In an Azusa-like situation, I can’t help but feel really bad for Tooru as she tries to figure out just exactly how to control those emotions of hers. But even as much as I don’t want to compare A-Channel with K-On, wouldn’t Tooru be what you’d get if you combined Azusa and Ui? At the same time, even with a spunky attitude like Azusa and an insane amount of love for someone like Ui, it’s still nice that she doesn’t feel like either of them. And for you K-ON fans, did you get flashbacks of Azusa helping Yui with the guitar when Tooru was teaching Run?
In an unexpected turn, who would have thought that Run’s mom would be such a fiery character? With all the side characters thus far, it’s impressive just how unimpressive they haven’t been (double negative!). That instant change that her mom had when she heard Run had Tooru’s future in her hands was just too funny. Especially when it came down to figuring out how to bribe Run into actually studying — remember that forcing someone like this to study is really hard, so why not just cater to their wants? Especially when they end up doing exactly what you want them to do and more!
I can’t believe that even before Run had met Yuuko she was already causing her some sort of pain. But now that the show has made some references to it, I wonder how Run actually became friends with Yuuko and Nagi. With a personality that normally only a best friend like Tooru could deal with, it still amazes me what Yuuko and Nagi are still standing beside her. All I’m going say is that if I got a cake full of wasabi, I wouldn’t be a happy camper.
As the episode came to a close, I was really feeling something inside of my chest. With the idea of having friends older then you already planted inside of my head from earlier, it felt like they had just instantly sprouted into tree and exploded out of my head. It really is a bit sad when you take a second to think about it. The thought of losing all of your friends and going through school alone (in Tooru’s case alone, again) just isn’t fun. I’m really doubtful on whether this topic will be explored further with the season just about to end, but I’m glad that what was shown was done well. On that note, it looks like Miho and Yutaka will finally be appearing for more then three seconds next week!
INS10: 「きっと ずっと もっと」 by トオル (Tooru)
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