Boku wa Tomodachi ga Sukunai NEXT – 08
「俺の幼なじみが修羅場すぎる」 (Ore no Osananajimi ga Shurabasugiru)
“My Childhood Friend Fights Too Much”
Amazingly, everything that I could have wished for after experiencing last week’s episode wonderfully found its way back. And amongst all the gags and heartfelt moments, I think I may have spotted something that may flourish into the first friendship ever being formed within the Neighbor’s Club! Maybe.
Just like last week’s episode, I was pleasantly surprised that this week’s took the same single topic approach. With the story revolving around the relationship that Kodaka shares with everyone in the Neighbors Club I thought it was pretty interesting how the writers decided to use a simple movie script as the catalyst that propelled everything forward. And while Yozora may have stolen most of the spotlight, you’d be hard pressed to find someone who’d say that it wasn’t an interesting change of pace to see Yozora finally break free of that gloomy attitude of hers. Not only does she have an awfully cute “nyaa~” but watching her bolt out of the clubroom instead of Sena was quite a shock.
On the other hand, it also felt like the story was taking the friendship aspect to a whole new level by throwing the idea right into our faces. Besides Yozora getting all worked up about the relationship she shared with Kodaka and Sena trying to belittle it, there was one other person who seemed to also be fretting over the idea. And while this is just speculation, the biggest hint was probably one that most people may have casually glanced over — Kodaka’s inner monologue during the first few minutes of the show. Not only did it seem a little odd how was talking from a future perspective but he was definitely talking about something between him and Rika. And if you take it a step further, I would be willing to bet that it may have something to do with how close the two are. Maybe, just maybe, the pair will be the first to take the first step and actually become “friends”?!
Speculations aside, I’d have to say that this week’s episode was spectacular. A role reversal between Yozora and Sena, Rika cosplaying as Kobato, and watching Yozora go crazy playing with cats were some of the highest highs that this show has reached. At the same time it was nice to see that everyone seems to be more open to everyone else’s feelings and it definitely shows when the show throws us some of those tiny smiles with that elegant background track. But if either of those didn’t appeal to you, at least there’s going to be NEW CHARACTER NEXT WEEK!
P.S. Just like Yozora asked Kodaka, in terms of friendships or relationships what’s more important — The Past or the Present? If you had shared a relationship with someone is the past and met them again in the present, what would you pick?