Sukitte Ii na yo. – 02
OP: 「Friendship～for 好きっていいなよ。」 (Friendship ~ for Sukitte Ii na yo.) by 岡崎律子 (Okazaki Ritsuko)
「唐あげ味の」 (Karaage Aji no)
“The Flavor of Deep-Fried Chicken”
This show never ceases to amaze me with its poignancy. While Sukitte Ii na yo. is just another love story, it’s one that grabs my heart like no other romance show has done before, and I believe Mei is the reason why I feel so much for this show. She’s not a stereotypical shoujo heroine who needs a white knight by her side. While Yamato does stand up for her and has helped her, she is capable of looking out for herself, and that’s what makes Mei an outstanding heroine to me. I find her so admirable, and I respect her character very much. This post could be filled with me praising Mei because she is a character I love very much, but let us not forget the other characters in this series.
Today’s episode allowed us to have a proper introduction to Asami, Kenji, and Yamato’s mindset. Asami may seem very cheerful, but deep down below that pretty face lays a lot of sadness. You might think having sex appeal is good, however, where there is luck, there is usually also jealousy. Unfortunately, that’s what happened in Asami’s case. It’s a shame people can’t be happy for others. It’s natural to feel jealous, but there is no need to voice that envy in the form of condescension. I don’t tolerate bullying at all so I was really moved when Mei stood up for her new friend.
It baffles me how Mei who has been living a very isolated life because of negativities from society has the guts to stand up for a person she recently met. It’s nice to know that there are people who are brave enough to do what’s right, but from Mei’s perspective, one would think she wouldn’t care. Watching her protect Asami – a girl she hardly knows – surprised me and made me respect Mei more than I already do. And that’s not all she did. Mei who has very little social experience is an excellent match maker!
While Asami did admit that she liked Yamato, it’s easy to see that her feelings for him aren’t strongly romantic. She who has been neglected by people around her because of their jealousy found comfort in Yamato who stood up for her and saved her from bullies. I see her feelings for him as admiration rather than love. Considering how she so quickly became Kenji’s girlfriend, you might think she is shallow but I can understand her reasoning. Being alone is not fun, so she wanted to be with anyone who would stand up for her. I’m glad Kenji’s confession went well because he might be able to give her what she deserves, but they probably have to face many hardships considering what a lewd dork he is. I guess this means that Kenji can be considered to be a “friend” now?
Last week, some people assumed that Yamato’s confession was serious, but it was just a diversion to rid Mei of her stalker. Because the act was done for the sake of protection, Mei wasn’t upset, however, hearing that Yamato would kiss anyone wasn’t as easy to accept. For Yamato who treats everyone equally and wants to be nice, a kiss is nothing. While he is kind and caring, he is very carefree and does not see a kiss the same way many others do. I wonder why Yamato doesn’t value kisses. Maybe he was treated badly in the past and simply stopped caring? He did have a person he treasured though. Too bad she turned out to be like the girls around him who don’t look for love, but simply wants to have fun with him.
I’ve seen too many shows where the popular guy miraculously falls for the invisible outcast, but here, there is a reason for such a thing to happen and that’s what makes this anime so beautiful. Yamato who has been approached by girls who take him for granted all his life found Mei – someone who has no social experience, yet she is capable of caring. They both lack what the other has. The final kiss scene in this episode was really beautiful and I was moved by the entire scene. Now that Mei admitted she loves Yamato, we finally have a real confession, but I don’t know how things will go from now on.
The manga did have the parts shown in today’s episode but in a different order. I was hoping Sukitte Ii na yo. would be at least 2-cour, but as it seems now, it’s only thirteen episodes long so many things from the manga have been thrown around to make the story move on faster. In a way, that makes things very exciting because I have no idea what might happen. While I do know about some certain events that should occur, I don’t know how they will be presented. As for now, all I can say is that the anime has done exceptionally well so far, and I really love what I’ve seen in the first two episodes.
We finally have an opening sequence and I love the song! It’s performed by the late singer Okazaki Ritsuko whose sweet voice has been featured in many anime soundtracks such as Fruits Basket, Princess Tutu, and Love Hina. The latter is actually the show which this opening theme belongs to, so this song can be found in one of the Love Hina albums! It’s a beautiful song and I really think it suits Sukitte Ii na yo. and I’m very happy to hear Okazaki Ritsuko’s lovely voice again.
Having said that, I’m looking forward to the third episode where we’ll hopefully find out what Yamato feels for Mei. This anime sure tends to end its episodes with very passionate scenes that leave you wanting more.
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