「すきな人」 (Suki na Hito)
“The Person That I Like”
Unable to stand by at his throne with the many sub-par bros failing around him, Ryuu prepares to make his move after a bribe from a fellow worried bro. After getting the information he needed, he quickly makes haste to retreat the battlefield and strategize for another day. His art of bro is impeccable.
Kazehaya’s always been nice to people. To Sawako, he seemed the same, but it was the first time he actually liked someone. Unsure of what exactly to do, he slowly inches forward with interactions, while helping her along with social skills as well. His intentions are normal. Sawako on the other hand, fell for Kazehaya because he was the first one who treated her normally. Her intentions are also normal, but a little harder to defend in terms of “you only like him because he’s nice.” Still, it’s all fine and dandy because they actually like each other. However, now that paranoia sets in, Kazehaya thinks he was a bother, and Sawako thinks he simply treats everyone like that.
To be honest, the whole thing really works because of Kazehaya. It’s your popular guy meets hidden gem girl, a fantasy if you will of those girls who want to believe they’re hidden gems, but that’s a more cynical view. As much as the characters themselves are questioning their love, I’m probably on the same boat. There’s tons of girls out there throughout the years that have liked him, treated him the same as Sawako might have, so like Kurumi says, “Why Sawako?” Because he somehow can’t help but feel attached to damaged people? No, because he fell for that innocence. That pure unaware mentality untouched by social influences, the things that plagued all the other girls who pledged their souls to him year after year, that is what he fell for. The sought after “maiden” of the modern century, a Japanese ideal, you could say Sawako’s type is the only one “high” enough to match Kazehaya’s “perfection.” While we’re easily led to feel sympathy for such a couple and cheer them on, since humans just love underdogs, it’s almost too easy to ignore the rest of the girls. All of whom are conveniently bundled together in spirit by Kurumi, who as you know, is losing pretty badly. A story of sweet sweet karma perhaps, the outcast is the one with the purest of mind, and in the end, gets the best guy. When you look at KnT pessimistically, KnT gets sour really fast (Such as her recent surge in popularity only because she helped people on their homework. It’s hard not to think people like her just because they get helped on homework. However, it’s true that she isn’t an outcast anymore, but that’s only until she stops feeling happy about only helping people. Then what? D: Besides, they’re STILL calling her Sadako. Feels like nothing’s changed.)
Meanwhile, Kent doesn’t seem so bad anymore. He represents the questions posed above, the evil possibilities of such a relationship in real life, so he figures he should be the white knight and save her.. from another white knight. But is what he’s doing any better than the cruelty he attributes to Kazehaya’s actions? Not really. While guys like Kazehaya may be a dime a dozen, there’s only one Sawako. Setting off a gigantic misunderstanding of the partial truth that Kazehaya likes another person, the love triangle interlocks for the first time. Let the fight begin, and may the “best man” win.
I know, totally depressing impression this week, my brotastic opening was a trick.