Kimi ni Todoke finally reaches the golden milestone of all romances, the confession. Like literally, she only reaches the confession point. Most difficult cliffhanger ever.
The school festival treads on, as some final conclusions are made by the characters before entering a montage. Kazehaya believes he’s only been selfish up to this point, and basically takes the passive “I’m not really sure what to do anymore so I’m just going to do nothing” approach. Meanwhile, Sawako actually questions why she liked Kazehaya in the first place, something I didn’t expect to ever come to light. A goosebump inducing montage follows, using the full opening song, giving the idea that sometimes, only time can bring true understanding. To be honest, I’m not sure the lively song is exactly fitting for the plot at hand (because I do a little jive everytime it comes on), but it works nonetheless.
Everything, and I mean everything, from Kent to Pin to a New Year’s fortune from her box of Kazehaya, tells Sawako, rather blatantly, that she needs to tell him her true feelings. The gist of the problem is, she simply didn’t try hard enough. That comes to no surprise, and we’ve all been waiting for her to realize this. However, with Kent’s terrible attempt at “support,” she actually comes to realize she hasn’t been all that honest with her feelings. While Kazehaya’s reasons for liking Sawako aren’t something I haven’t thought before, the way he explained it was incredibly endearing, the words of a man that still pines for his rejector. Hell, him being the admiring one might even be mind blowing to some.
I’m not sure if I’m too happy about this sort of conclusion that Sawako came up with. I think I expected a realization on a deeper level than just, “oh snap, I should just tell him what I feel, I’m an idiot.” She threw away all emotions and feelings that we’ve had to go through with her the past several episodes, and said screw it, let’s do this. She even questions it herself. Maybe love is just that simple. Perhaps it’s because it was such a simple solution that we were all frustrated with the misunderstanding in the first place. Could this inevitably be a sign of bad writing in my perfect Kimi ni Todoke love story? I won’t believe it.
Since the actual confession hasn’t happened yet, the deeper emotional development I want may come through next episode, hopefully providing a much more satisfying close. I’m half expecting Kazehaya to say something weird again, but if they do become a couple next episode, my life will have become just a little brighter.
Sawako in a cloaked robe made me think they should make an OVA RPG parody with all the characters. Sawako can be the healing mage. Kent and Kazehaya can fight over who’s the better knight. Ayane is the black mage of course, and Chizuru a clumsy rogue. Ryuu is the lazy Archer. Kurumi will be the villain turned good.