Nazo no Kanojo X – 04
「謎のガール・ミーツ・ガール」 (Nazo no Gāru Mītsu Gāru)
“Mysterious Girl Meets Girl”
At the rate of which we’re discovering the potency of Urabe’s mouth fluids, I wouldn’t be surprised at this point if spit had the ability to heal wounds or mind control people. For her spit to be able to copy and transfer wounds she’s suffered is already mind-screwing, so anything beyond that…not so surprising. However, Tsubaki in part also holds this immense power towards Urabe as well, assuming that anything harmful he could do gets past the pumpki–panty scissors checkpoint.
On the other hand, this potent capability opens up lots of unpredictable potential plot paths, something I expect this show to take full advantage of. I already can imagine the drool having negative effects for once, placing strain on the couples, or even Oka’s, relationship. So far the plot has already taken many liberties inverting the standard order of a romantic comedy, with its path mimicing a “Boyfriend first, friends later” progresion (*cough*KareKano*cough), albeit at a much, much faster pace. Adding on this new aspect of spit only serves to further confuse expectations and create drama that well…non-spit anime can’t replicate.
Of course this is all speculation, and I hear that some parts of the manga might prove to be troublesome to these hopes, but according to the pictures of the preview…I won’t be worrying about that for awhile. Just give me my tanned Urabe and I’ll be content. It seems that Oka has been hinted to be a quite…explorative individual, so seeing her compete with Tsubaki this episode was a treat, and I look forward to next week’s harassment with glee :3.
On a final note: while Urabe continues to surround herself with mysterious traits, her human side also continues to grow. She flinches when her wounds are treated, she has a fighting spirit to run even when hurt, and she even gets genuinely surprised when Oka reveal her intel. It’s important that we have our Nazo no Kanojo playing the role, but to see that she could possibly just be a normal girl…is a charming down-to-earth development. As well as seeing the spit create drama, this is something I’d like to see more of as well. When you get down to it, Nazo no Kanojo X is still a high school love story of two kids trying to match each other’s pace. For Urabe to meet at least SOME of our expectations allows us to connect more with the story…something I appreciate that this show does (assuming you’re still sticking around despite the spit).