「好意と迷惑」 (Kōi to Meiwaku)
“Love and Annoyance”
Wow, if this wasn’t all contained within one episode, I might have gotten a hernia out of rage.
The fumbling around that’s been building up the past few episodes, or hell, since New Year’s last season, comes to a climax of one hell of a misunderstanding. I still can’t believe it, but the two LITERALLY CONFESSED to each other, and both of them STILL took it the wrong way. That’s got to be the most nail-biting scene of the year. I laughed at the predicament, but my gut inside was still slowly twisting from frustration.
This was pretty much me before Sawako’s meltdown:
“Oh snap, he confessed!”
“Wait, why did he say that?”
“Oh snap, he confessed.. again!”
“@$*#&@ STOP SAYING THOSE THINGS KAZEHAYA”
It hurt to watch three guys laughing that Kazehaya’s statement had to have meant they were just friends, and Sawako submitting to it all nailed the coffin. The episode was full of tense moments that had me hanging onto every word, since the two dense lovebirds kept rattling off misunderstandings like pros. It’s absolutely baffling and ironic how many times Kazehaya confesses, and it doesn’t even really change anything, even though we’ve been wanting someone to do it for so long. You know what doesn’t make too much sense though? If you were Kazehaya, and you were at the point where he said, “but our likes aren’t the same are they,” wouldn’t you be a bit suspicious at how much the girl in front of you that supposedly doesn’t “like you like you” is crying so much? Sawako may be socially inept, but Kazehaya should’ve recognized that maybe she’s crying so much because SHE misunderstands you. All he had to say was, “it’s too bad you don’t love me as well.” Instant fix man!
I’m a bit on the fence about this one. While I’m glad the author continues to prove that misunderstandings don’t have to be drawn out pointlessly, she still uses them as plot devices more often than I’d like, and with the main plot milestone being the love between our two protagonists, it’s a pity for me that it suffers as “rehashed material.” Nonetheless, the concept for this predicament makes a ton of sense for Sawako, since it directly feeds from her character’s core personality that Chizuru explained perfectly. Thankfully, Sawako’s got the best friends ever watching her back like a hawk, as Yano-chin and Chizu-chan quickly calmed the rage beast within me far before the episode ended. They single-handedly break down her character, tell her off, and planted the idea that maybe, people like her simply because they like her. And Chizuru’s the one that actually did something this time!
I love this show. 😀
The next half of this “arc” should feel a lot more fresh, as we’re now past the more formulaic “unbroken tension” to the many possible results of “broken tension.” That probably doesn’t sound much different, but Sawako has a bit of a goal now. Surprisingly, Kent turned out to be just a simple clueless guy that stuck his nose where it shouldn’t have belonged, but Kurumi might have other plans. Everything is now broken into pieces, and since Kazehaya now believes Sawako doesn’t love him, this creates the perfect opening for Kurumi to strike and show how “available” she is. The title of the next episode seems to tell that Sawako may be too chicken at first to do anything just yet, as she still harbors self doubts. What a depressing episode after Valentine’s day huh? Ganbare Sawako. ;_;