「水明り Eau et lumières」 (Mizu Akari)
“Water and Lights”
I didn’t like cheese when I was younger, but dipping it in soy sauce like sushi wouldn’t have made it any more appetizing to me. I don’t know how Yune was able to stomach it. Someone should really introduce her to melted cheese, which seems to be one of the easiest way to acquire a taste for it. Or better yet, she should just stay away from cheese altogether, since I’m a firm believer that Asian diets work well because fatty foods like cheese aren’t a part of them.
Four episodes in and we finally get a healthy dose of everything Alice Blanche. I absolutely love what she adds to the show with her Orient fanaticism, making her the Ryuuguu Rena that we’ve been waiting for. Not only does she say she wants to take Yune home, she tried to do so this very episode and even used Yune’s kimono to try and persuade the poor girl to stay. Alice clearly isn’t a bad person though — really spoiled and a bit selfish, but by no means bad. If Yune did decide to work for her, she probably would’ve had the most lavish lifestyle, which includes the daily baths she’s been doing without. Moreover, she would’ve been privy to a ridiculous amount of favoritism and become Alice’s best friend before long. Knowing that, I really wanted to see Claude’s feelings of inadequacy and uneasiness over the idea that Yune would leave Enseignes du Roy for a much better life in Paris.
Claude was so focused on materialistic value and didn’t give Yune the benefit of the doubt, so I loved his reaction when she showed him what Japanese loyalty and promises are all about. Oscar had no doubt that she would return, but Claude looked like he had already resigned to the idea that Yune would never come back. Granted, his surprise wasn’t as moving as I anticipated, nor was Yune’s hour-long prostration begging Alice to let her return home so that she could cook sukiyaki for Claude and Oscar, but both were still really touching moments to see. The same goes for Alice and Yune’s new-found friendship, and Yune’s decision to not take back her mother’s kimono for free so that Claude could fulfill his promise to her to get it back. Things may have ended off with Alice still plotting to make Yune hers, but she’s completely harmless as far as I’m concerned.
The next episode looks like it’ll feature the homeless boy who’s shown up in several episodes already. It should lead to some more scolding from Claude, which as unusual as it may sound, is something I like to see now and then. Like the bath scene here, whenever he gets upset about something Yune did, it tends to lead to some emotion-filled scenes while placing an emphasis on the cultural differences. It’s all part of a cute learning process for the both of them.