OP: 「恋のオーケストラ」 (Koi no Orchestra) by (Yoshitani Ayako)
「謎の絆」 (Nazo no Kizuna)
The lesson “Don’t rush things” is already hard to learn when in a relationship; however, Tsubaki has it even harder. “Don’t rush things, or else I’ll scissor you. -Urabe”
“Teenagers these days are too quick to have sex, and are missing out on all the fun that a not-quite-sexual relationship can be.”
Today’s episode clearly affirms that statement. Tsubaki is at a total loss on what to do in a relationship. It’s been a month without anything but spit, so what does he do? Listen to and follow up on stereotypical advice! Hold hands he tries, but instantly is rejected. Talk hobbies he does, but instead finds out about Urabe’s awesome hobby: panty scissors. By trying to apply standards to an unorthodox girl with hopes that his dreams will come true, Tsubaki is met with firm retaliation, followed by a reaffirmation of their true bond, making it crystal clear who is in control and who has much to learn.
What do you do in a relationship? What does it really mean to be in a relationship? The answers vary among couples, but Kanojo has taught us in one episode that anything normal is not the answer for these two. Tsubaki finally sees the framework he has to work with, and now it’s up to him to improve for the sake of two rather than one. Considering his performance in episode one, I have high hopes that his character progression won’t stall. I wholeheartedly expect our protagonist to pull off another unique approach that will make Urabe burst…with something. This shift away from self-centeredness is an important one; it is a trait that in itself is admirable, but will be even more valuable when new conflicts come in later episodes.
One such conflict is the identity of Urabe. How is she able to use scissors so skillfully? What does she do on Sundays? Why does her spit have supernatural abilities? Could Urabe’s bag be a hint? We are presented with numerous unanswered questions that Urabe stealthily avoids, furthering her mystery. Tsubaki must learn more about his mysterious girlfriend if he is ever to make progress, but must also follow her pace to avoid anger. On top of that, new characters that will undoubtedly throw a wrench into the process and Tsubaki will definitely have lots to balance as their relationship progresses.
Speaking of progression, Nazo no Kanojo X’s own pacing is quite natural. While limited to 12 episodes, the anime is taking its time to properly develop each scene and not rushing through its most important moments. The abandoned house scene definitely highlighted this effort, often panning to a bug decaying to further the “deconstruction” of their relationship. At this pace, the anime will most likely not catch up with the manga, but that sits alright with me. Let them take time to set those jokes up correctly; let them take time to add ambiance by drawing out the scene.
Now that the premise is properly established, it looks like new challengers will be appearing next episode. How will they mesh with Urabe’s weirdness? I predict both Urabe and Tsubaki will run into trouble with these new faces for different reasons, but just how exactly is something to be revealed next week!
Full Length of the Day: 36