「薔薇色の頬 ～Growing pains～」 (Barairo no Hoo ~Growing pains~)
“Rosy Cheeks ~Growing pains~”
Well ready or not, puberty is coming and Nitori will have to say goodbye to his baby face and hello to acne. Obviously he’s quite distressed over his first pimple, going as far as to ask Anna for help then sleeping at seven in the evening. Result: pimple count doubled. When Nitori looked at his face in the morning, I did notice a subtle change in his facial structure, but I think he’s worrying too much about having a cute look. Acne is a problem that most teenagers have to face and worrying about outward appearance too much is a problem for both genders, though it is true that girls tend to put a bigger emphasis on it.
Shuichi’s sister Maho starts to tease him and Anna about potentially being a couple. After interacting with her more extensively however, he does begin to see her in that way. The strap Anna gave him several episodes ago actually ties back into the story again when they go visit the place. I literally burst out laughing (as they did later) when I saw the manager of the karaoke place — the strap is a perfect imitation. However, I sure was surprised when Nitori just straight up declared that he was in love with Anna and asked her out. Slow placed as this story may be, it actually moves forward, and stuff like this makes me so happy, the complete opposite of something like RAGE ni Todoke. It’s definitely an unexpected couple, but I don’t mind as I like Anna’s character and she makes an interesting fit with Nitori.
Unfortunately I think Takatsuki was hurt, even though she had rejected him already. I don’t really think Anna would have a problem with them, but regardless Takatsuki becomes a little more distant from Nitori, which makes me a bit sad. Chiba seems hit even harder though, and drops even deeper into depression, and I feel even worse seeing her like that. Takatsuki tries to help her out, perhaps due to some feeling of camaraderie, but seeing as Chiba hates her as well I don’t know if they’ll be able to make up anytime soon. With some perseverance I think her antisocial shell will eventually crack though. I have to say I’m enjoying this series quite a bit so far and it’s unfortunate that it’s so niche.
Hinting from the title and the preview, it looks like there will be some new characters next time, and I think I see Takatsuki with long hair =O