Sakura Trick – 11
「会長はスミスミなのじゃ！／桜色の真実」 (Kaichou wa Sumisumi na no ja! / Sakurairo no Shinjitsu)
“The President is Sumisumi! / Cherry Blossom-Colored Truth”
Sumisumi loves oppai! The new pint-sized seitokaichou led to Haruka & Yuu’s secret getting out, but the drama quickly moved from external to internal, and was all the better for it.
Last week I expressed reservations about the sudden focus on the newly minted Sumisumi-kaichou (correction: I thought it was Kaede who was taking over, so whoooops!), but they managed to turn the late introduction of a new character into a good thing. First of all, Sumisumi herself was quite a treat to see, if only because she’s a total baka and she gropes oppai like a 13-year-old boy who can actually get away with it (so, like no 13-year-old boy ever). Those oppai groping scenes – cannot take screen shots fast enough!!
You’re Not Even Trying To Hide It Anymore, Are You?
The other thing Sumisumi-kaichou did was provide just enough of an impetus to get Haruka and Yuu to the third year floor, and that led to the big reveal. Mitsuki was clearly already suspicious after Kaede’s comment last week – side note, SO JEALOUS!! We need to get some Haruka in there – but now the cat is out of the bag for real. Who knew groping plots could lead to real plot?
Yuri Is Bad…Only Not
Though I know I’ve said this before, it bears repeating – introducing drama into a funny, ecchi, slice-of-life comedy like this is a delicate proposition. The Shizuku x Kotone bits have done somewhat well, but that’s because they’ve been handled lightly, and when they weren’t handled as lightly – the pool episode – it didn’t work as well. Here, we got Mitsuki bringing down the “Gay is bad” hammer, and that was riiiisky for this show. “Haruka-san, you need to wake up.” That could have sent up spiraling down into a teen melodrama the likes of which would only end in a terrible crash and burn. And not the entertaining kind of trainwreck, just the bad one.
That didn’t happen though, because they quickly pivoted from an external conflict – “yuri is bad” – to an internal one, i.e. Mitsuki realizing that oh crap, she’s in love with Haruka. I can only imagine that suddenly realizing your sexuality isn’t what you thought it was, and what’s more you’ve fallen in love with the same girl as your little sister – these two siblings really do like the same things, eh? – would be a little disconcerting. It’s also a more interesting conflict in my eyes – or at least, a more fitting one for this series – when a cultural clash on the morality of two girls kissing would have been…just not Sakura Trick. What’s more – bonus points here – Sumisumi was instrumental in making this realization happen! Do she once again proved herself to not be a wasted character, and that the time spent introducing her so late in the game was well used. That’s a hat trick, I think, or at least a Sakura Trick. Thank you, thank you, I’ll be here all week!
Kotone on [Not] Listening, Secrets
Perhaps the most fascinating comment of the episode was when Haruka asked Kotone for advice on what she should do.
“I wouldn’t listen. It was a secret, so it we make it a secret again, there’s no problem!
From my seat, that was far more about Kotone and Shizuku than it was about Haruka’s problem. Kotone wouldn’t listen, and she would make it a secret again, but she’s still engaged? It doesn’t sound like Kotone is going to go to war with her family to be with Shizuku, but it doesn’t look like she’s going to let go of her love either. Watch out, future Kotone husband, and I hope you’re gay yourself, because otherwise you’re cruising for a very unsatisfying life as Kotone’s beard. Sucks for you, dude.
Time for some wild mass guessing (trope!) – What if how Yuzu kept getting in the way of Kaede “guarding” Haruka was on purpose? Yuzu has always played the oblivious card, and mostly I think she is oblivious, but how she kept getting into Kaede’s way there was a bit blatant. Possibly that’s just the writers dispensing with subtlety for a moment just as Haruka and Yuu were doing the same, but it could be that Yuzu is quietly supporting her two friends without letting on that she knows. Likely? Naw. But as the chances of some Kaede x Yuzu action diminish with the finale incoming and the focus on Yuu x Haruka x Mitsuki, our only chance now is that both of them are totally aware that they love each other, and for the Haruka x sisters sandwich to lead to them coming out to each other.
Dammit man, we can’t leave a ship behind at this stage! Full speed ahead!
Looking Ahead – OT3 Finale
Looks like the final episode will be centered on Haruka, Yuu, and Mitsuki. Good! As much as I love me some (potential) Kaede x Yuzu, that’s the most interesting vector with the possibility of the best ending of all – the Yuu x Haruka x Mitsuki two-sisters-and-a-busty-girl threesome sandwich. Oh gods, the doujins…I can almost see them now!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Sumisumi-kaichou leads to Mitsuki finding out about Haruka x Yuu, & then Mitsuki realizing she loves Haruka as well. One more! #桜Trick 11
- Haruka gets so happy when she finds a new yuri friend. Don’t worry Harupopo, you have at least one more incoming!
- Haruka is the kaichou slayer, she attracts all the kaichous (and their little sisters) with her oppai!
- Don’t switch to Kotone-chan now, Harukaaaa!
- Yuzu quietly makes her case for best girl by dancing without a care and then being heartbroken when no one was paying attention to her. Fortunately, Shikuzu is a good girl. D’aawwww!
- Ohhh, so that’s what Mitsuki’s oppai are made of. Yummy!
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