「愛の逃避行」 (Ai no Touhikou)
Lag sure has a knack for sticking his nose in other people’s business, something I only find tolerable because he’s a naive kid. His sense of righteousness left a man heartbroken this time around and he didn’t have anything to say to make him feel better either. The credits just started scrolling shortly after.
Despite having Sugita Tomokazu and Tanaka Atsuko on board playing the runaway Spirit Amber thieves Moss and Bonny, I didn’t particularly care for this episode. It’s yet another minor subplot that paves little in the way of the bigger story about Gauche. Because of that, the most enjoyable aspect was Niche’s innocence and her own naivety about love. She was upset about Lag delivering a letter without her when she was entranced by the flame-tossing street performer, and told him she won’t be “licking him on the lips” like Moss and Bonny were doing. I thought it was cute how Lag covered her eyes to stop her from watching and even more so when he tried to explain what kissing is.
Story-wise, it turns out that Bonny was just using Moss to try and reach Akatsuki and meet her real lover, which Lag’s “meddling” Spirit Amber inadvertently revealed yet again. Now is it just me or is his left eye turning out to be the ultimate lie detector? =) Whatever the case, the next episode looks somewhat along the same lines, except we have musicians and fan letters involved. It looks like we’ll be seeing some more of Sylvette at the very least, though I suspect it’ll only be for a quick stop off at home.
With very little happening in regards to both character development and the main plot, it sure is starting to feel like they’re padding time to fill the 26-episode run. If this is the end result of Tegami Bachi being two cours, I would’ve much rather a really well done 13-episode run. I still enjoy seeing Lag and Niche together, but sadly, that’s the only thing saving this from feeling needlessly dragged out.
* On a separate note, I’m doubtful for covering any new shows this season, even though Baka to Test to Shoukanjuu is an obvious choice. I’ll see how things go though, but if you don’t see any new posts from me, that’s likely the reason why.