「僕は運命を信じない」 (Boku ha Unmei wo Shinjinai)
“I Don’t Believe in Fate”
I knew it!
I’m sure there’s going to be a few comments about how the mystery wasn’t actually a mystery or that anybody could have figured it out, but one has to give credit to a series that fleshes out a mystery just enough to allow a normal person to figure it out while still making them go “OH!” when they do.
After four episodes dealing with Yondaime and Renji, I was really happy with how things were wrapped up. It was a sort of sweet but not too outrageous type of ending that was as close to perfect as things involving honor could get. Even though I can’t sympathize with either side since both of them were being real knuckle heads; it seems that the traditional punch to the face is enough to solve years of bad blood. If only the fight between the two wasn’t broken up with scenes of the ENOZ-esque band playing — I would have loved to watch the two strongest members of the Hirasaka group duke it out.
But even bigger than solving the issue between Yondaime and Renji was watching Narumi take charge and getting work done. The timid protagonist who didn’t really deserve the title of protagonist finally decided to step up and make a name for himself. I can clearly remember the shivers run down my back as I watched him take control over the Hirasaka group; not only protecting them from a trap but effectively cooling them off and managing them effectively. But if becoming a stand in leader or a bunch of (polite) thugs wasn’t enough, watching him finish the job that Yondaime started while fixing his friendship with Renji really made Narumi stand out this week.
While I may be rooting for a Narumi x Alice pairing, I’m starting to grow weary as I think about how far off the two’s romantic interests might be. I think it’s pretty clear that Alice’s constant blushing and hiding behind stuffed animals when Narumi makes a bold comment aren’t from embarrassment but I wonder if Narumi understands the power of his words. With a season full of dense guys in nearly every show I’m watching, I’m not sure if I could handle Narumi not understanding where he stands.