「君に届かない」 (Kimi ni Todokanai)
“It Doesn’t Reach You”
Oh my… did the Gachi Ranger misunderstandings just come to a stop? That was the pinnacle of humor surrounding Hitoha, so saying it’s a bit of a downer would be the understatement of the year. Why’d she have to come out of the closet and show everyone she’s a die-hard Gachi fan? To make matters worse (as far as I’m concerned), everyone was receptive to her hobby because they happen to like the live-action super heroes to a degree as well. What the heck is that!? I swear it’s all Miyashita’s fault. She had to get all curious about Hitoha and try to be her friend. For goodness sake, let the creepy quiet girl read her porn books in peace so that the Gachi Ranger misunderstandings can continue! I think the one saving grace is that Yabecchi wasn’t around when that was all cleared up, so at least there’s still one avenue where the hilarity can persist on. The nicer and more understanding side of me says that I should be happy for Hitoha, but it would be an outright lie to do so when it’s no secret that I love the humor that stems from misunderstandings.
Take Ogata Airi for example. After believing that her ultimate rival for Shinya’s love was a soccer ball, she’s now convinced that it’s panties he loves more than anything else in the world. End result: She’s vowed never to wear underwear again out of spite. All that was needed was Futaba passing off some mistaken information to Airi and that thought running completely wild in her mind to produce some hilarious results. That type of material is almost always an easy sell to me, much like when Airi was attempting to perform her version of seppuku to repent for hitting Shinya in the face during dodgeball. Now I know girls can be vicious to one another, but Shiori and Mayumi’s instant change of heart towards Airi took that statement to new levels. It came like a flick of a switch in their brains and filled them with malicious intent, which was pretty priceless because Futaba was among them for no real reason other than stupidity. That’s on top of asking for it in the face with the three girls hopelessly in love with Shinya, a statement that could be easily misunderstood in more ways than one.
Potentially masochistic girls aside, I just love how the actual sadist Mitsuba is so unbelievably weak to further contrast how reality doesn’t live up to the image she gives off. In fact, it’s pretty amazing that the ball she threw even made it to Chiba. As for Miyashita, I’m still not convinced that suffering the fate of being a character defined by the two hairpins in her bangs is enough to make up for spoiling the Hitoha Gachi Ranger fun, but it’s a step in the right direction. Incidentally, her claim to be the most normal one out of the group makes her just as odd as the rest of the bunch too. Anyway, the final episode next week looks like it’s going to center primarily around the Marui household, which may turn out to be an interesting way to end things off if Shinya gets dragged into it. We can’t have the laughs without it being at someone’s expense can we?