Sukitte Ii na yo. – 09
「それぞれの」 (Sorezore no)
“Each and Every”
Last week, my post may have been a bit too harsh, and perhaps Yamato should not have been criticised so much, however, it’s hard to deny that he was quite oblivious though. Nonetheless, this week Yamato was given a chance to redeem himself, and he sure did well. My respect for him has grown now that he has shown a more understanding and mature side of himself to Mei. I do agree a bit with Megumi though, it wasn’t really necessary to quit the modelling job. While it was a very admirable act of kindness to Mei, she would probably not mind him working as long as he would give her some priority. If Yamato would make Mei feel less insecure by making her feel important, perhaps he could pick up the job again. But still, it was very heart-warming to see him give up on a job for his girlfriend. It was also quite nice to see the scene at Mei’s home. This was actually the scene that I thought would not be included in this anime because in the manga, it took place after Yamato went looking for Mei. But anyway, it was great to see how Yamato finally met Mei’s adorable mother.
Despite being back on good terms, the problems won’t end here for Yamato and Mei. It’s clear that Megumi is going to be a huge issue in the future episodes. It somehow crossed my mind that Megumi might be similar to Yamato. Seeing how she was staring at Mei’s social circle made me think that she probably never has experienced true love, both the friendly and the romantic kind. She, like Yamato, has probably been surrounded by artificial admiration from people around her. There have probably been very few, if any at all, people who’ve had genuine feelings for her. Despite that, she worked hard so she could attain everything she wanted – but now, there is something she wants that she can’t have because she doesn’t know how to genuinely love someone. At least that’s what it seems like to me. So in a way, she is somewhat similar to Yamato. Both of them were admired but they had no experience in true love, although, Yamato has changed now.
Much like how Yamato and Megumi share a personality connection, Kai and Mei do too. However, theirs involves bullying. All four characters have gone through painful and lonely pasts. It’s quite sad, but at the same time, it’s amazing how everything connects – every character is a piece in a big jigsaw puzzle. While Mei’s bullying was more of the verbal kind, Kai’s was physical. Both of them have every reason to be bitter at people, but they’re both doing the opposite. I agree with Mei, revenge will not solve anything, it will only make you feel better, but at the same time, I find it admirable how Kai worked so hard to be able to become someone who can’t be taken down. He has physically built up his self-confidence and that is truly admirable. But still, nothing beats Mei in my heart. Week after week, my love for Mei continues to grow. Her greatness as a character is indescribable. She’s simply one of the best shoujo heroines of 2012. Sometimes, actions are useless. Sometimes, all it takes for a situation to improve are a few words. Mei managed to open up Kai’s eyes, and that really touched me. Seeing how he fell in love with her for that reason doesn’t come as a surprise. Unlike Megumi, Kai is not a cunning man. He is honest and all his feelings seem genuine (sadly, these kind of amazing traits make people easy bullying targets), plus, he shares a past with Yamato. Kai doesn’t appear to hold any ill will towards Yamato despite being ignored in public – something Yamato seems to be worrying about. But remember when Yamato said that he secretly talked his friend? Perhaps that is why Kai acts so friendly with Yamato. To him, who was all alone, something so common such as a few words must’ve meant a lot. Therefore, it’s probably safe to say that he won’t try to sabotage Mei and Yamato’s relationship, but that doesn’t mean that Yamato will feel less uneasy. Ah, love is so complicated!