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「love me do!」

It’s episode four, so you know what that means: love triangle time! Well that and Pancakes has picked up citrus for the long haul, but really, love triangle! And with the childhood friend! I did promise Himeko (henceforth Momo, because best name) would spice the already flavourful hotpot and she certainly did in more than one way. Citrus may be as generic as all hell, but this show plays up the tropes for all it’s worth.

Ignoring the cathartic satisfaction of seeing Mei the victim of sexual aggression for once—Yuzu’s smooch previously doesn’t count—Momo’s real introduction represents the first shift in citrus’ tone. Mei no longer is acting in a vacuum, able to somewhat dictate the actions of Yuzu. With Momo reacting to a serious threat to her self-perceived turf, Mei must for once consider what she wants in her relationships. We already know the obvious of course (i.e. the girl wants attention), but Mei hasn’t really realized this herself yet, she thought Yuzu was fun to play around with, until the tables wound up turned at the end of last week. Now with Momo making a play of her own, Mei must actually choose: stick with the girl who she’s known for over a decade, or go with the new sister. Contrary to first thought it’s not that easy a decision, both girls have their upsides and downsides, with rejection of either essentially upending a part of Mei’s life she took for granted. Reject Yuzu and wind up with a terrible family situation again, or reject Momo and lose a source of quiet, but enthusiastic, support. No surprise the show left off on a cliff hanger for this conundrum (need that drama), although the keen eyed can probably deduce which way Mei is leaning given her actions…and the fate of other childhood friends. Why try isolating the problem from Yuzu if you thought her less than the childhood friend?

As for why Momo came onto Mei in the first place, well, there’s certainly stranger reasons. Personally I’m not convinced Momo even loves Mei in the “more than friends” capacity, her protective attitude seems platonic, a relationship born from smug monopoly (Mei has not been shown possessing many friends) rather than lustful desire. The only reason Momo likely went after Mei so hard is that Yuzu had wedged herself so firmly in between the two (as Momo saw it) that our curly haired competition’s only recourse was to go all in. We won’t officially know for an episode or two yet of course, but I bet you Momo is acting out more from self-preservation than any intense desire—Mei is her friend and by hell no blonde gyaru is going to upset 10 years of carefully nurtured care and affection. Well, at least what Momo thinks is care and affection. I don’t know about you, but a close friend refusing to talk to you about anything for a prolonged period of time likely isn’t a friend at all. Unfortunately for Momo, she’s likely to find out this lesson the hard way.

Better pepper your angus boys and girls, there be a pure love showdown brewing and there can only be one survivor.

 

Preview

January 28, 2018 at 12:20 am
13 comments »
  • January 28, 2018 at 4:12 amewok40k

    player 3 has entered the game!
    so many facial expressions this episode, sad, shocked, angry and blushing…
    and yup Mei has brought upon herself more than she bargained for:
    -if not for Yuzu taking action in chairmans office, Momo would probably never taken action of her own, content with best friend status – and that was direct result of Mei’s own actions earlier…

  • January 28, 2018 at 4:16 amewok40k

    …also best friend ever
    “lets her friend stay over due to rtouble at home, is concerned about her wellbeing but not overly intrusive and tries her best to keep Yuzu’s mood up”

    • January 29, 2018 at 2:30 pmPancakes

      Harumin truly is the friend we need, but not the one we deserve :P

  • January 28, 2018 at 5:52 amAngelus

    First we have gravity-defying skirts, and now:
    http://randomc.net/image/citrus/citrus%20-%2004%20-%20Large%2005.jpg
    we have gravity-defying tears. OK, so that’s a visual trope, but then there’s the plane at around 18:18 that has its navigation lights the wrong way around. I mean, it’s on screen for over 2 seconds, how sloppy is that? :)

    • January 29, 2018 at 2:33 pmPancakes

      Well it ain’t Sakura Trick levels of physics breaking bad and it makes Yuzu look cuter, so it’s not that terrible lol.

  • January 28, 2018 at 6:30 amVelvet Scarlantina

    Harumin is even more lovable than in the manga.

    Frankly speaking…. I really do not like twin hair drill characters….

    • January 28, 2018 at 1:35 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

      Usually the blonde (twin) drill hair characters tend to only start out unlikable (usually because their role is to be tsundere to a male MC or to interfere with the “main” girl somehow because of pettiness and vanity more than anything), but they usually tend to develop into, or are shown to be, much better people (see ones like Cecilia Alcott in Infinite Stratos or Saki Tenjouin in To-Love-Ru).

      I don’t remember many (twin) drill hair characters with different hair colors though, so I can’t really say much about someone like Himeko here. Given how obsessive she seems to be, I wouldn’t be surprised if she ended up turning yandere, lol.

    • January 29, 2018 at 2:36 pmPancakes

      Unless thy name is Misha of course.
      Don’t be hating on Katawa Shoujo’s best interpreter :P

  • January 28, 2018 at 11:01 amrenasayers

    When the popular girl lets one rip and she realizes you heard it…

    Dead End.

    http://randomc.net/image/citrus/citrus%20-%2004%20-%2007.jpg

  • January 28, 2018 at 1:30 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

    http://randomc.net/image/citrus/citrus%20-%2004%20-%20Large%2003.jpg

    Dammit, Yuzu! You got best girl right here! lol

  • January 28, 2018 at 4:40 pmChoya

    I knew Momo was evil the moment she moved to have all the dank Mei-Mei’s for herself.

  • January 29, 2018 at 1:22 pmYanDaMan

  • January 30, 2018 at 2:31 amStranger

    “Seeing Mei the victim, for once”.

    Um… Teacher?