「ちょっとマイウェイ」 (Chotto Mai Way)
“My Way For a Little”
Out of all the girls, Miu has probably been the most neglected both in terms of screen time and character development. Seeing how Hina has stolen most of the audience by being.. Hina and Sora sweeping up the rest with her older sister charm, I was afraid that we’d never get the opportunity to get a closer look into Miu’s life. But after eight episodes of build up, I think this may have actually been the best possible time to bring a magnifying glass over her character.
I never expected that the devilish girl who takes any opportunity to mess around with her older sister would be the “perfect” girl at school. In terms of the three major traits you can have as a middle school kid — popularity, grades, and athletic ability — Miu apparently has all three! And unlike most other heroines who have nothing else to back up those highly sought after traits, it’s nice to see Miu take into consideration everything that’s changed in her life. Especially little things like learning the value of money. But after getting a glimpse at what makes Miu tick, I wasn’t expecting that simple gossip would be something that would be able to penetrate that tough exterior of hers.
But when the going gets tough, it just means a little help is needed and if I were to pair Miu with one of Yuuta’s colorful friends, Nimura also would have been my first choice. However, I was afraid that Miu and Nimura’s “date” would end up being a quick band-aid to Miu’s depressed state — something that was going to lack any kind of emotion or oomph behind it. Luckily, I couldn’t have been more wrong and once you look pass his playboy attitude, there exists a really considerate gentleman who can easily understand and console the female heart. Starting their date off with small things like a trip to the aquarium to raise Miu’s spirits and finishing it by fixing “Cinderella’s” glass slippers, I was very content with the little mini-arc the writer’s constructed for Miu.
After an episode dedicated to Miu, it would make sense that next week’s episode would focus on Sora. Judging from the preview, it looks like it’ll probably follow the same pattern as this weeks: a day at school, meeting up with someone (in this case Raika), and then a happy-go-lucky ending that’ll leave me wanting the next episode to come that much faster.