「雄二と翔子と幼い思い出」 (Yuuji to Shouko to Osanai Omoide)
“Yuuji, Shouko, and their Childhood Memories”
Color me surprised, but I never expected that an episode focused solely on Shouko and Yuuji would be one of the better ones from a show that’s supposed to be about the laughs. Actually, if the rest of the episodes were this deep than there might not even be a need to bring back those slapstick jokes!
Even though it’s been clear that something from the past sparked Shouko’s love for Yuuiji, it’s a lot more interesting than I originally thought. Combined with a storybook feel and really good BGM, it almost felt like I was watching a really long and really well made cut scene from a visual novel; something which managed to completely immersed me into the episode while focusing me toward the lines that connected the past to the present — something that I’d expect from a show much deeper than Baka Test.
But boy was Yuuji such a brat when he was a little kid. Can you imagine what kind of person he might have become if he hadn’t gotten some sense beaten into that little head of his? It was a little unreal listening to little Yuuiji talk about running away from a situation, trying to protect himself instead of the girl he cared about. Luckily, Shouko managed to instill the courage Yuuji needed to overcome that cocky attitude of his.
At this point, it should already be clear to him why Shouko loves him so much. Starting with that innocent gesture of becoming her friend, I’m pretty sure that sacrificing himself to save Shouko instilled the feelings that she still feels today. And after years and years of waiting, those feelings are probably bubbling over waiting for Yuuji to accept them. Sure that cute charm of hers has disappeared with the use of brutal weapons like a tazer, but Yuuji should have figured out that anything involving romance and another girl is just another way to paint a big red target on himself.
While the episode was essentially a really long flashback, I sort of wish that the season had started out with more of these episodes. In favor of stupidly long arcs about trying to catch a blackmailer and being branded as a pervert in the process, I’d have loved to have more episodes that fleshed out all the side characters in this series.
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