「高熱・情熱」 (Kounetsu / Jounetsu)
“High Fever / Passion”
Episode at a Glance:
After receiving a phone call from Yahiro about Hikari’s date with Tadashi, Kei rushes back to Japan to get her, but catches a fever from overworking himself in Shanghai. With Kei sick, they head back to his house, where Hikari tries to take care of him by cooking him okayu (お粥), i.e. rice porridge, feeding him, cooling his fever with boulders of ice, and changing his clothes. While Sui is concerned about his beloved brother during this time, Kei insists on having Hikari take him as part of the recent competition that he won. Kei also refuses to sleep while Hikari’s around, but eventually passes out. In his dream, Kei recalls a scene from a movie that he saw earlier and imagines Hikari responding with, “I’d like to go anywhere where everyone will have fun.”
Waking up later, Kei’s wonders why he can never express his gratitude properly to Hikari. Believing she had already left, he’s surprised to find her sleeping on the couch downstairs. Hikari wakes up soon after and invites Kei to do something next Sunday as recreation and relieve some stress. Taken back by this invitation, Kei asks Hikari where they should go (as per the movie), but is further shocked to hear her say that she’d like to go anywhere because any place is fun with him. Thinking spring has finally come for him, Kei soon finds out that Hikari only sees this as a form of atonement for always being a bother to him. However, Kei realizes that Hikari’s the only person that can make his heart waver, so he kisses her saying it’s payback. Unexpectedly, Hikari erupts in response and tells Kei to not come close to her ever again, but Kei just revels in her reaction.
「魔法・友達」 (Mahou / Tomodachi)
“Magic / Friend”
In a somewhat obvious Densha Otoko reference, I had an urge to scream 「キスがキター！」 (“The kiss has come!”) at this point, as we’ve probably been waiting for this moment to come for some time now. With Kei beating around the bush with his feelings and Hikari being the thickheaded girl that she is, I was starting to wonder how the two of them would ever start getting closer together. As I suspected before though, Yahiro turned out to be the key character in getting those two together, as he just happens to make Kei jealous enough to finally act. As for Hikari, she happens to say the right things all the time, thus leading Kei in the right direction, but her subsequent words always seem to destroy the mood. Hikari really is a case of “KY”, which just so happens to be a trendy term in Japan right now. “KY” stands for “Kuuki Yomenai” 「空気読めない」, which means, “Can’t read/sense the mood”.
Comedy-wise, it was the usual Special A type reactions, but it was more humorous this time around with Kei trying to get Hikari to feed him and help him change. I almost choked on the fried rice I made when Hikari dropped that huge sack of ice right on Kei’s face too. Akira, Ryuu, and the Yamamoto twins were non-existent this week, but Akira and Megumi’s seiyuus did make a brief appearance as the maids of the Takashima house.
Next time, it looks like we’ll see a new girl and who I believe is Yahiro up to something again. Perhaps we’ll see some more of the Yahiro x Akira side of things too, if this shot is an indication of anything.
– Hanazono Hikari (華園 光) / Gotou Yuuko (後藤 邑子)
– Takishima Kei (滝島 彗) / Fukuyama Jun (福山 潤)
– Karino Tadashi (狩野 宙) / Shimono Hiro (下野 紘)
– Saiga Yahiro (雑賀 八尋) / Taniyama Kishou (谷山 紀章)
– Takashima Sui (滝島 翠) / Shimizu Kaori (清水 香里)
– Father Takashima (滝島父) / Ogata Megumi (緒方 恵美)
– Takashima household Maid B (滝島家メイドB) / Nabatame Hitomi (生天目 仁美)
– Takashima household Maid C (滝島家メイドC) / Takagaki Ayahi (高垣 彩陽)