「しばらく旅に出ます」 (Shibaraku Tabini Demasu)
“A Quick Trip”
After once again getting my hopes up for a romantic encounter that wouldn’t end up going the completely wrong way, I get the feeling that I should stop hoping for the impossible. At least Jirou and Subaru have been upgraded to official best friends, which I guess is one step closer to even better best friends?!
But for another side episode that doesn’t focus on Jirou and Subaru, it was great to watch all the side characters get a chance to interact with Jirou without his love interest getting in the way. I’ve been particularly interested in Masamune since she’s been improving her image a lot since the mishap a few episodes ago. I suppose you could call it the tsundere’s charm, but it’s interesting the way she shows most of her tsun to Kanade while giving most of her dere to Jirou. Since Subaru’s secret has somehow managed to stay under wraps, I have a pretty good idea why Masamune goes through so much effort to hate on Kanade — jealously anyone?
The other thing that I noticed this week is that Jirou somehow manages to get out some of the stickiest situations with barely a scratch on him. I don’t think I’d be able to re-create a fall as spectacular as his, but if I were to accidentally grope a girl while also pulling down their shirt, I’m not sure if I’d be able to make it out of the vicinity alive. The thing is, I don’t think I can give credit to his gynophobia for saving him this time. If anything, it felt like Masamune might have even enjoyed what was going on.
However, I doubt this episode would have been as fun without Kanade coming in and wreaking some havoc here and there. I was starting to get afraid that I was becoming accustomed to her constant meddling but I’m glad that everything she does seems to be different and more interesting than the last. From using her money in rather interesting ways to utilizing that eloquent mouth of hers to make Jirou look like a super pervert, I hope Kanade keeps shooting for bigger and even more embarrassing schemes!
Unfortunately, next week’s episode seems to once again not focus on Subaru but on Kureha but I’m sure it’ll be a good episode especially with lines like “My little sister can’t wear such cute panties!” being thrown in there. And if I’m not mistaken, there may even be a little bit of Jirou’s mom thrown into the story. Who wouldn’t want some more emotional moments?