「追憶乙女」 (Tsuioku Otome)
Wow, I didn’t expect Yuuko’s memories to come back in this episode, but they did – and I’m not disappointed at all. In fact, I loved this conclusion! Although, the process of getting to the amazing confession was a bit questionable. What if Kirie (and Momoe) wouldn’t have smacked some sense into Teiichi? Would he still be living in ignorance of Yuuko? And speaking of Yuuko – it was quite hard for me to understand whether it was Yuuko or her shadow that pulled all the pranks. To me, it seemed like it was the shadow because she carried Yuuko’s jealousy, but from Kirie’s point of view, it seemed like it was the normal Yuuko, but it’d make no sense if that was Yuuko because she had forgotten Teiichi, or am I missing something?
Oh well, leaving that, and moving on to the romance – Momoe – I’m so happy her character could do something more than goofing around. Even though Kirie was the one to smack some sense into Teiichi, Momoe was the person to make Teiichi realize his true feelings. I usually feel sad when a person’s feelings are turned down in anime, but I couldn’t feel sorry for Momoe at all. I’m not sure if I can call Momoe’s feelings “romantic”. It’s more like she is a fan of Teiichi but mistakes her admiration for love. Anyway, she did a good job, and our dear, adorable, beautiful Yuuko is back!
The confession scene that we’ve all been waiting for was amazing! Teiichi finally leveled up from boy to man, although, he will remain a boy because of his age, but you get my point. It was quite hilarious that Yuuko’s memories returned because Teiichi accidentally groped her (and not because of the confession itself). And I’ve never heard of anyone being able to feel someone’s heartbeat through groping. Oh well, all’s well that ends well – although, it would’ve been better if there’d been a kiss somewhere in the end (Momoe sure knows how to kill the mood). I somehow doubt we’ll ever get a kiss scene. While this is romantic, it’s also quite mellow and light-hearted. I don’t expect more than this from the romantic parts of this show, however, I could be wrong, I’m always wrong!
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