「そんなこんなでカップルバカップル」 (Sonna Konna de Kapparu Bakappuru)
“With This and That, The (Stupid) Couple”
And just when I was beginning to wonder where the Mio loving was, we get hit with this date episode centered around Mio. While in the end I really couldn’t tell whether Mio was really beginning to like Tarou or not, the little shots of her being embarrassed from their date was much appreciated, as one can tell from all the Mio-centric blushing shots in this week’s image table. The blushing isn’t all little Mio has to offer, with her getting pissed off to the point of looking almost like staple yangire Rena when “Ojou-sama mode” Tatsukichi mentions her size challenged breasts again. With that in mind, Tarou should probably be careful not to trigger Mio’s Bad End and be sure to select the “wipe the ice cream off her face” option, less we have another unhappy Sekai on our hands. Or would that be Yuno, who looks suspiciously worried during Mio and Tarou’s weekend escapades?
Of course, how can we have a Mio flag episode without proper drama being included as well? Admittedly, Mio’s story so far hasn’t touched me as much as Yuuno’s, but that could probably be attributed to not a whole lot of it being explained this episode. From what I can gather though, it appears Mio’s body is weak and as result she hasn’t been able to do a lot of the fun things other kids her age have gotten to, which leads to Michiru-sensei using Tarou as a scapegoat for Mio to experience those events. I really wish the episode had gone deeper into Mio’s past and fleshed out her character in a manner similar to what was used for Yuno, but I’m assuming they’re leaving the rest of Mio’s story for a better time and place. Still, I really want to know what could make Mio so eager to experience life that she would give up her first kiss to Tarou without hesitating, and even dress up as a bride while doing so. To me, it didn’t appear as if she truly liked him until after he ran in the rain for her, and even then I can’t tell if she honestly developed any kind of meaningful feelings for Tarou. While Yuno’s feelings for Tarou are fairly clear, it seems that the series will continue to have an air of vagueness around Mio’s feelings for Tarou, which broadens the possible routes for development and makes for an interesting dynamic, to say the least. That aside, the irony here goes without saying, but I just have to point out how funny I find the fact that Tarou originally joined Mio and Yuno’s club to get himself help and has ended up being the one dealing with their problems; such is the life for a dedicated and morally strong MC.
This is also the first episode that we weren’t introduced to any new characters, which I’m totally fine with since it
somewhat fleshed out a member of the existing cast. Although, it appears a new challenger will be showing up next episode, this time sporting some kind of paranoia, if the exorcism Tarou is seemingly being subjected to is any indication. I wonder if we’ll have another Matsuoka Sakiko on our hands?