Kuzu no Honkai – 03
「Show Me Love (Not A Dream)」
Just when you think things couldn’t get any more complicated… it does. And not in the plot twists Re: Zero type of way, but in the emotionally deep, heart-wrenching type of way. Starting with Sanae and Hanabi’s relationship right after Sanae confesses that she loves Hanabi. It wasn’t much of a surprise after last week’s cliffhanger, but it certainly complicates the relationship between the two girls now. I’ve never personally been in a situation exactly like Hanabi’s before, but I understand what it’s like to have someone confess to liking you and not knowing what to do about it (my expression was probably exactly like that too). It hurts because you can either go about it two ways… the first is telling them that you can’t accept their feelings because you don’t feel the same way or try reciprocating their feelings by “giving it a shot” or “giving it some time”. Ultimately, it’s a huge load to carry someone else’s feelings on your shoulders when you’re unsure if you feel the same way and in Hanabi’s case, it’s taking a toll on her because she doesn’t feel the way. She likes Narumi (her “brother”) but at the same time, she doesn’t want to ruin the friendship that she has with her only female friend. No one wants to ruin a friendship by taking the next step (whether you’re confessing to a boy or a girl) but I think it’s just as hard for the person receiving those feelings. When Hanabi goes running to Mugi for some comfort, it’s her way of occupying her mind with other things and trying to sort out her own feelings for both Mugi, and Sanae. It’ll be an emotional ride for Hanabi from here on out – trying to sort out just how to speak to Sanae again and all I can say is this that… I empathize with her; although, avoidance has never been my way of dealing with issues.
Mugi gets a spotlight in the latter half of the episode as well and his past is definitely more interesting than Hanabi’s. Just because I think his past is more realistic to what teenagers might experience in their teenage years in school. Losing your virginity, sex and secrets… it’s like an episode straight out of Gossip Girl but without the drugs and alcohol. Mugi experiences just that – he loses his virginity to his senpai – one of the hottest girls in school and while this is going on, we learn that Mei and Mugi aren’t necessarily having sex because they’re “making love”, but rather because Mei is lonely. She reminds me of many high school girls that are lost, unsure of themselves and a lot of people find that self-assurance with the physical reassurance of someone else. Mugi, is the person that still puzzles me (even having read the manga). He’s growing up – I get that – he’s experiencing things just like everyone else and kind of gets dragged along with what others want but for once, I wish he would simply do what he thinks is right and not just what his d*ck wants. But hey! I have no right to judge teenagers when I’ve been there too making bad choices. I think it does help ground the audience as to what Mugi has already experienced though so it’s not a surprise when you see him with Hanabi.
Speaking of Mugi’s lovely surprise in the morning, Hanabi stops by for a visit just in time. The rest of the episode is spent developing their relationship as well as some new developments with Akane. Spotting her at
Denny’s Banny’s late at night and then the next day with yesterday’s clothes?! I told you that this show is about sex and scandals. Whereas Mugi and Hanabi’s relationship is progressing in the right direction (for a couple that’s just experiencing a lot of things together for the first time), I think Akane’s take on men will prove to be very interesting as well. Her character is not all that it seems to be and when it’s explained (next week?) what her true intentions are, you’ll see what I mean. Is it bad that I actually giggled with Hanabi and Mugi were in bed together? Hanabi is so innocent and seeing her kind of awkward and unsure of how to handle the situation was sort of cute but comedic – from a viewer’s perspective though. I’m sure it’s anything but hilarious to Hanabi and Mugi. When Hanabi confronts Akane at the end though, you see that she’s also very observant and aware of what kind of person Akane is but just unsure of how to address the situation. You’ll see later on just how the two girls duke it out; it’s actually one of my favorite dynamics in the story.
Bottom Line – @RCCherrie: Wow, can’t believe I actually kind of giggled at this scene. Not because I’m immature, but it was so innocent and awkward =3 #KuzunoHonkai’s pacing is right on par with what I’d expect. Loving the adaptation and it hits all the right notes without dragging on…
Author’s Note: On another note, Happy Lunar New Year to all the folks that celebrate the Lunar calendar out there. Time to stop washing your hair and cleaning… ha ha ha… but seriously, I hope you all have a wonderful week! I’ll see you all in the next season if I don’t cover anything else this season because Pancakes will be picking up my slack =) thanks buddy.