Nazo no Kanojo X – 10
「謎のアバンチュール」 (Nazo no Adventure)
Hayakawa’s second form is a formidable challenger, especially considering how torn apart and indecisive Tsubaki is. Bless his soul, but at times he really falls flatly into that blockhead protagonist type. However, don’t take my words against him as an indicator of how the plot was executed. I found today’s setup to be especially honest, with highlight to Tsubaki’s actions.
Like the discussion in a previous post about being unable to control feelings, this week’s episode really went to town with that theme. Two major parties are at conflict with their feelings, one manipulating the other more significantly. The more obvious party, and of course the more submissive and overt one, is Tsubaki. Still stuck with lingering feelings and fascination with Hayakawa, he tries his best (and thankfully succeeds) at resisting anything that may pose a serious hazard to his current relationship. He isn’t at fault for having lingering feelings for Hayakawa, an inconvenience that isn’t easily removed. What matters isn’t the thoughts in your head, but rather what happens after you think those thoughts. Tsubaki wins in this regard, but faces a real challenge that others…fail miserably at. The first challenger is always a tough one for fresh relationships, and a significant portion of the drama you’d hear from hooked-up friends comes from the problems that surround the first encounter. Although it’s obvious that Tsubaki and Urabe will make it out of this situation together, it is how the two tackle the situation and how their relationship evolves because of the situation that is most curious.
On the other side of the battle, Hayakawa is less resistant to her guts and urges. She seeks to throw a nasty wrench into Tsubaki’s relationship, but for what reason? Is it because she desires to open up the relationship to lay claim to Tsubaki again? Is it because she feels like destroying a relationship since hers went awry? It could be all or none of these reasons, but whatever it is, there is some side of malice to it. We could reasonably expect another facet to Hayakawa that makes her actions a little more sympathetic, but at this rate, it’d have to take a complex turn of events to be effective. However, I will give the show the benefit of the doubt, as it is one of the weirdest this season. Maybe Ueshiba can pull something off in these next few episodes and give this season a proper and satisfying end.