「失われたメモリー」 (Ushinawareta Memorii)
With Tarou suffering from amnesia and Arashiko using the chance to lie about being his girlfriend, this week’s episode provided a few interesting scenarios for the pairing that I’ve been wanting to see. Unfortunately, Tarou’s clean slate didn’t last very long when Tomoko and Shizuka seized the opportunity to mold him into the incestuous son/brother they’ve been longing for. To make matters worse, everyone was dropping information out of context without telling the poor guy that he’s hopelessly masochistic. I actually started feeling bad for Tarou when he kept thinking he was an uncontrollable beast that will impregnate anything on two feet. No one was really doing him any favors by only reminding him of the horrible things he’s done either. Granted, the humor was pretty funny at times because of it, like when Arashiko said that she’s not pregnant with his child… yet. I’m just slightly disappointed that Arashiko’s efforts were put to waste because of everyone’s interference. It was pretty clear from the onset that this wouldn’t lead towards any sort of a permanent relationship, so that disappointment mainly stems from the fact that they didn’t even get an opportunity to act like a couple. She did manage to convince him to skip class and go to the zoo with her, and Mio was effectively out of the picture as a stranger, which made it seem like some sort of development should have been in store.
In lieu, it was nice to see Arashiko stand up against unwarranted abuse on Tarou and question Mio about her feelings, before declaring that she likes him. It’s just a shame that Tarou didn’t remember any of it when he got hit with Mio’s baseball bat and cured his amnesia. From a viewer’s perspective, it’s pretty obvious that Mio feels some sort of attachment towards Tarou even if she won’t admit it. As such, it kind of sucks to know that someone like her is competition for Arashiko, who’s honest with her feelings but simply unable to express them. In this particular series, the thought of Tarou growing more fond of the main heroine is even more disagreeable, since Arashiko is the girl he actually likes and would probably ask out again if he could cure his masochism. Mio on the other hand is just a wedge between them. She was supposed to help but is actually making things worse in more ways than one. If it isn’t clear now, I’m all for the Tarou x Arashiko pairing, even though it’s the less likely of the two possibilities. If it wasn’t for her androphobia, I’m willing to bet she’d already be ahead though. Of course, given that this is a lighthearted romantic comedy, we’d be lucky to see Tarou hook up with any of the girls who are vying for his attention. Next time is the finale and I highly doubt we’re going to get any sort of closure, but I’m curious to see if they’ll make this Christmas episode interesting. Go Arashiko!