Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun – 08
「おいでませ！松楊祭」 (Oidemase! Shōyōsai)
“Come Down To Shōyō Festival”
It feels good to organize data like this — I hope Shizuku would be proud!
It’s been a wavy ride so far, hasn’t it? After finally formalizing the heartbeat of the show into data I can understand, it’s clear how much these two have already been through. Although it was a little frustrating, a little saddening, and definitely maddening to see Haru and Mitty in such desynchronization with each other…it looks like things may finally be getting better.
Shizuku, I’m glad you decided to finally face the issue of Haru with bravery rather than trying to contain and ultimately escape it. It’s great that you’re finally being honest and trying to open yourself–every other character is glad to see that shift in your nature. Even Yamaken, despite his tsundere nature, led you in that direction so that you could finally be yourself. Yes, continue to work hard for your studies so you can make something out of yourself, but know that your dreams don’t have to be alone. Studies are undeniably important, that’s for sure, but Shizuku, you suffered too much by trying to disconnect yourself, by avoiding making amends. You almost said, “Without studies, I have nothing,” but that’s obviously not true. You have grown a new part of you over these past few episodes, one that is largely independent of your studies. Accept that that part of you can be in harmony with human intimacy, and things will work out eventually. Haru has given you time, so now face your troubles openly and maturely! I’m rooting for you, bookworm!
Haru, you make so many mistakes, and often you’re confused about the situation, but your honesty and misunderstood way of caring is what Mitty and everyone else enjoys about you. For a genius, you may be the stupidest reactionary in the show, but you’re slowly figuring things out. Keep on improving yourself with the advice of Natsume, Mitty, Ooshima, and all your other friends, so that you can avoid ever hurting Shizuku in the future. Your past, along with Yuuzan, may be your greatest obstacle, and it will definitely haunt you in the future, but as long as your friends care for you, keep moving forward, away from your past. Don’t become clingy, but keep on being there for Shizuku–be the warmth for her, and she will be the companion for you. Wait for her to accept that, don’t rush, and keep smiling, making her tingly inside.
Natsume, you are a true friend for imparting your advice, especially out of genuine concern. “I’m your friend and Haru’s…it is my business!” is what you said, amidst your tears of relief. Although in other situations this would be a selfish thing to say, your concern is touching and lacks selfishness, which Mitty notices. Natsume, you have made great strides in being there for your first friend. Your kindness definitely doesn’t go unnoticed, as more than one person has seen. What comes around, goes around–your future definitely looks bright, both with Shizuku and everyone else.
Sasahara, you may have missed your opportunity this time to Mi-chan, but it’s obvious that you are one of the most observant people on the block. Don’t lose hope that you weren’t able to be there for Natsume this time, but let this be a lesson not to let that opportunity slip by again. You definitely have great potential to be a heartwarming character, so go out there and be there for everyone else (especially Natsume)!
Ooshima, it really does suck that you have to be Haru’s outlet for his frustrations, both physically and emotionally. You love him for his bravery and ability to stick up for others, but unfortunately his heart is taken by another. He may confuse you at times, but it’s obvious that he’s not falling for you anytime soon. But alas, many of the characters in this show are actually pleasant people, so don’t give up Ooshima! You are definitely a kind person, quiet in your listening skills, but wise in the few words you say. Although you should still get caught up in everyone’s antics as a friend, romantically, it is the time to look elsewhere, despite how hard that’ll actually be.
Yamaken, you’re so misunderstood and tsundere, I truly pity you. Although you may have some nastily elitist and distant traits about you, you do care about Shizuku…I think. You speak your mind and provide a different perspective, and although you might be disrespectful at times, when it matters most, you definitely straighten up your act. Standing up to Yuuzan, considering how much trauma he must’ve inflicted on you, is a feat I must applaud you for. Hopefully the show provides more opportunities for you to show your better traits before this first season ends.
Finally, Yuuzan…screw you.
Overall, today’s episode definitely brought more positive feelings and hope for the future than previous episodes. There definitely was some drama that shifted seats, but the hopeful note the show leaves us on reminds me of the earlier episodes and the endings that left me positively grinning. Hopefully this is a trend that’ll last for a while, because it is those moments, along with the constant comedy, that make me look forward to Tonari every week.
Everyone…you’ve made your mistakes, but it’s time to start fresh and make amends. Do your best! Ganbatte! =D