「今年もよろしく⇔もっちーげーむ」 (Kotoshimo Yorushiku to Mocchii Geemu)
“Welcoming the New Year ⇔ Mochi Game”
I think my prayers have finally been answered. Because after seasons upon seasons of two people who are destined to be with each other never actually getting together, I think Acchi Kocchi might be the saving grace that will restore my faith in not only this genre but anime itself!
Overly dramatic opening excerpts aside, I’m super excited with the direction that Acchi Kocchi seems to be heading. Since if this episode was any indication on how things might end next week, you can bet that I’m super excited. But for those of you who may have missed the blatantly obvious hint, which was followed with this scene, it should have been more than enough for your imagination to run wild. However, even with everything for a happy ending lined up and ready to go I wouldn’t be too surprised if things went south right at the last minute. Because as ecstatic as I may be, both my heart and my head are prepared for the writers to make a last minute switch.
Besides setting up what may be one of the happiest endings that a show could give to both its characters and viewers, I was glad to see that the humor that I love still manage to make it through. And even though this week’s episode was in hardcore relationship development mode, there were still things like Indiana Jones references and mosquitoes getting sniped by Io with toothpicks that managed to tickle my funny bone.
After a pre-finale as amazing as this, I’m pumped for next week’s finale. Not only does a Valentine’s Day episode sound like the perfect situation for Tsumiki to actually get her feelings across to Io but when the second half will focus on White Day (tl;dr version: Valentine’s Day in reverse, guys give things in to girls), I’m expecting Io to do the same!