「先輩がPINCH.」 (Senpai ga PINCH.)
“Sempai’s in a PINCH.”
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Evidently, so is an alien rescue robot that leads to the earlier than expected slip of Ichika’s secret. I don’t think anyone realistically expected the series to end without Kaito finding out the truth about Ichika, but I was a bit surprised to see everyone stumble upon it at once. That turn of events seemed to exceed even Remon’s expectations, as it came with some pretty damning evidence with Ichika using alien technology to save Kaito’s life once again. And to think, this was all because Rinon accidentally radioed for help. It’ll be interesting to see how everyone copes with this revelation, especially Kanna who will either benefit from it or lose out even more to a love rival she simply can’t compete against (i.e. if Kaito’s okay with Ichika being an alien that is, which I presume he will be.)
As for the love pentagon, Mio’s clearly doing something right by getting Tetsurou to at least acknowledge her feelings and start seeing her as a potential girlfriend, whereas Kaito is absolutely fearless in his pursuit of Ichika by throwing himself in harm’s way without a second thought to protect her. This unfortunately leaves Kanna at a standstill in the middle, despite her efforts here. Kanna can’t even get Kaito to see her as a potential girlfriend even though he knows how she feels, so I can’t help but feel sorry for her. At the same time, I can completely understand where Kaito’s coming from — especially his recklessness — because he’s clearly blinded by his love for Ichika. As mean as it may sound, it would’ve bothered me more if he didn’t run off after hearing Ichika scream and worried about leaving Kanna behind instead. I love Kanna, but I respect how Kaito’s being honest with himself, so I see it all as just an unfortunate scenario where someone has to wind up heartbroken.
* Gotta love the in-character joke of Inoue Kikuko, Horie Yui, and of course Tamura Yukari’s “Forever 17” club. I’m starting to think that Remon’s an alien herself since she doesn’t seem to age and probably went to high school with Manami.
* Full-length images: 07, 12, 14.