「二つの想い」 (Futatsu no Omoi)
And the only thing that was on my mind at the end was, “Damn… this guy is a total player…” Taichi clearly can’t be that ignorant to believe that none of these girls have a crush on him right? Although I personally don’t see the appeal in liking a guy that everyone else likes, I do think that Taichi is a great friend. He seems to be the type of guy that gets along with everyone – helps everyone and a very selfless individual indeed. Some people argue that by being so, he lacks his own individuality and personality, however the one that seems to suffer from this is actually Iori and not Taichi.
Can I empathize with what Iori is going through? Not entirely… but I can understand why she feels the way she does. In many ways, I think everyone alters their personality to match who they’re interacting with – whether that is your boss, your friends, your family or your significant other. I don’t see anything wrong with Iori in that sense. But fearing that you don’t know who you are is a challenge. But isn’t this a problem that we all deal with in our teenage years? Finding your identity and who you want to be when you grow older? Of course the soul-swapping doesn’t help and now you can even dive into the philosophical discussions of “one’s self” and what defines you as a person. I’m not going to get into that one, but it did challenge me into thinking that if you’re someone that’s likely to adapt to your environment so easily, it is very possible to lose yourself amongst the switching and being someone else. In fact, for someone like Iori she’s probably scared to lose “herself” in the midst of all her friends. However, the way I see it is, she should be absorbing a bit of everyone’s personalities to form her own – rather than simply feeling like she lost herself. Taking what you will out of this experience is what makes her unique and she shouldn’t let that confine her into thinking that other people will simply watch her fade away.
Anyway, I did not see that coming as Iori’s complex at all. I never imagined that having 4-5 stepfathers could do that to you – in fact I thought she would have trust and “daddy” issues as opposed to Himeko having trust issues. This did not come up as a surprise to me either. A commenter mentioned that Himeko saw everyone as an “enemy” and although I never put that much thought into her choice of words, she did seem to put a far bit of distance between herself and everyone else. It wasn’t evident until this episode how much distrust she has amongst her friends and the way they handled it… everything was just taken too lightly. Of course, I guess not everyone takes things as seriously as Himeko or Taichi do, so I’m not surprised that the resolution came so quickly. I’m sure it’ll take more than a confrontation for Himeko to truly trust her friends but I guess that’s where the character development kicks in. I’ve never been one to not trust people, I find that I wear my heart on my sleeve so I cannot see where all this distrust for people branches from. I definitely think the other characters (Iori and Yui) have a far better reason to fear people, but I’m not going to argue with the setup of the story.
With that all being said, the only character that still lacks development for me is Aoki and I’m trying very hard not to judge him too quickly but it seems like Taichi is the male lead in a harem or something. Luckily (from the preview), it seems like Yui and Aoki get more time to themselves and the plot thickens amongst our little love-triangle (I’m talking about Iori, Taichi and Himeko here). I’m not going to place my bets on any one couple yet, but that confession at the end (can you even call that a confession?) has me leaning towards a Taichi/Himeko ending. Oh no… I was such a huge Iori fan too!
Quick note: I apologize for the late post. My posts for the following 2 weekends may also be a little tardy due to my hectic schedule. I’ll try my best to get each episode out on time though!