Isshuukan Friends. – 09
「友達との最終日。」 (Tomodachi tono Saishuubi)
“Last Day with Friends”
Based off of the comments in last week’s post and the ominous looking preview, I was ready for this episode to be a doozy. What I wasn’t ready for was the amount of emotions that swelled up in my chest right as the episode came to a close.
The Calm before the Storm
Seeing how last week’s preview accounted for only 30 seconds of this week’s, I wasn’t expecting things to be so fuwa-fuwa! With a combination of Saki’s charm, Hase’s antics, and Shoubro’s trademark coolness, it finally felt like the show was building on all of the different points it’s been so focused on during the past few episodes. From addressing the latent feelings Shoubro has for Saki to ever-so-slowly pushing Hase and Fujimiya closer and closer together, I thought we finally escaped the vicious circle we were trapped in.
There’s No Going Back
But everything changed when
the Fire Nation attacked our mysterious new character Kujou appeared. While I don’t really want to go on a baseless rant about how much of a jerk he appears to be, I’ll just comment on a few things that came to mind. Because it seems like he was the friend that Fujimiya was going to visit that one fateful Sunday, I’m going to go out on a limb and say that he probably isn’t as cold as he’s being portrayed as. While it’s mostly speculation, it’s tough to think that someone who was close with Fujimiya could be anything but a good person inside.
The other thing that came to mind was me trying to put together why Fujimiya missing her meeting with Kujou would be so emotionally scarring. I’m just making guesses here but there had to have been more than just wanting to wish him a farewell before moving away, right? Like naybe they had a cute crush on each other? At the same time though, let’s not forget that this all happened during elementary school, a time where relationships and feelings are pretty insignificant.
I’ve been wanting to get hit with the feels for a while (that sounds pretty bad when I say it out loud…) and I think the end of this week’s episode was just a taste of what’s about to come. With secrets just asking to be revealed and Hase backed into a pretty dark corner, I can’t wait to see what’s about to happen in the next few episodes. Throw in Shoubro and Saki slowly dealing with how they feel about each other and a new mysterious character to shake things up and it sounds like we get to have cake and eat it.