Ok class, today, we’re writing about our dreams for the future!
Dreams, indeed – a fabrication of our minds that has little constraint with such inconveniences like reality, where imaginations can run wild, where our greatest fantasies are possible. Such is the nature of this show.
“I wanna be sensei’s wife!”
“You can’t do that, you’re just a kid!”
“How can you say that even after you saw me naked!”
This fruitful conversation manifests itself continuously through this episode, with Rin messing with Aoki to get his attention, Aoki making his pseudo-“I’m too mature for this child’s play” response. Along the way, Kuro makes her confession to Rin (…I love you, but I would never pick on you!), with Rin making the lethal “ahaha, that’s not the same kind of love!” response.
Aoki’s ineptness as a teacher with things like… I dunno, teaching skill, ability to command respect and attention from his classmates, and his ability to motivate his students are in full display in this episode. And, if it wasn’t for Rin bailing him out at every turn, he’d be a pretty pathetic dude.
Gee, sounds like she’s doing all the things a good wife does.
And like every good wife, she needs some lovin from her man. After getting a 100 on her test, Rin demands a reward from Aoki – a hug. Awww… the two share an intimate moment under the glow of the streetlight as Rin has him completely ensnared in her web.
At home, Reiji (Rin’s onii-san-ish guardian) catches hint of Aoki’s relationship with Rin. Foreshadowing!
Ah, that’s much better – this second episode brought back more of the quality of the OVA with much more focus than the first episode. More than that, the balance between loli fanservice and hard-hitting dark drama was done pretty well. I know I’m treading some murky waters here, but to see Rin in her 3rd grader glory have the awareness and maturity beyond her years is almost fascinating to watch, especially in how it confuses the hell out of Aoki. Had Rin been 10 years older, the two would have probably made a pretty nice couple.
Of course, the 10 years makes all the difference.
Which is ultimately one of the underlying themes of this show. Should it make a difference? There doesn’t need to be an answer, and the success of the Kodomo no Jikan franchise is founded in the fact that we even ask this question in the first place. In her sub-10 years of life, Rin has arguably faced more hardship and grown more as a person than most people twice her age have. Is she good to go when she hits the age of consent?
I’m confused, to say the least – shows are usually one or the other, not both. Granted that the fanservice is way on the side of the perverse, it can easily be argued that the drama is there to legitimize the inappropriateness.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves here. In the end, it’s a cartoon, with animated characters voiced by little Japanese girls with unrealistically moe voices. It’s here to tell a story, and to that extent I believe it’s very convincing and effective at doing so. To read too much into it is to misunderstand the purpose of it all – and that is to entertain us. Is it entertaining to you? For whatever reason? Then watch on.
Not? Then don’t sweat it.