「謎の試験管」 (Nazo no Shikenkan)
“Mysterious Test Tube”
As Urabe keeps producing random items out of nowhere, my belief that Urabe is the ancestor of Senjougahara increases.
Honestly, I’m mighty surprised by the means used to get to the end this episode. It was fairly obvious that Urabe was going to turn down Ogata (Mizushima Takahiro), but the spit used to reach that conclusion was less so. Urabe making both Ogata and Tsubaki wait a day wasn’t the best decision as a girlfriend, but her intentions were definitely honest. It was through this approach that Urabe used to break convention and honestly show her effort in being a good girlfriend. It’s a complex way of going about revealing mutual understanding, but I think that it’s a method that definitely worked out specifically for them. Poor Ogata though…there was a chance that he may have become a victim of another lovesickness…
In the end, much progress was made in terms of their relationship aside from the obvious rejection. Understanding +5. Hand-holding ability semi-acquired! Achievement: first dream kiss! However, as people in a relationship know, this couple is still far from a fully matured relationship. Urabe’s second dodge at an embrace indicates her own hesitance to physical closeness, something that’s both ironic but also understandable. While Urabe may share her spit freely with Tsubaki, it is she who controls when that spit is exchanged. While showing off panties may be alright, any steps farther than that are disagreeable. Although it is possible to view their relationship as being strangely intimate, the fact that their physical closeness is a one-rein intimacy shows that these weird rituals are small park business. The emotional distance between them may get very close in occasional spikes, but overall the distance is wide. Considering how we’ve encountered the the first ‘kiss’ before even the first hug, the progression of their closeness will be anything but linear. Heck, I wouldn’t be surprised if the show ended up going through every other single interaction a couple could make before closing with the first hug. It’s something Urabe takes very seriously, possibly even more than the first kiss.
Next episode will most likely focus on continuing the development of the new glasses couple,
Arita Haruyuki and Fujibayashi Kyou Ueno (Kaji Yuuki) and Oka (Hirohashi Ryou). It’ll be fascinating to see the dynamics of two couples present in one series and how they interact with one another and whether or not such interactions benefit or hurt each other’s bonds. Given the kinds of people Tsubaki seems to attract and the direction of the show, I’m sure this couple will have weirdness to bring to the table as well.