「それを言葉にするということ」 (Sore o Kotoba ni Suru toiu Koto)
“Putting Into Words”
I realize that this episode was meant to focus on Himeko and her own personal intentions in the future, but I can’t help but feel a much higher respect for Iori at the same time. Recent episodes have been pretty dry for all our characters (with all the angst and emo-mood), and I’m glad that with all the build-up and anticipation, everything is finally out in the open. It feels like a breath of fresh air – at least for Himeko who no longer has to hide her affections for Taichi. Aside from the predictability of this episode, I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the end to Himeko’s arc.
Much of this episode dealt with Himeko and her (not so secret) feelings towards Taichi. Clearly she had no intentions of telling him (even though Heartseed heavily emphasized this fact last episode). I wasn’t surprised up until this point, but it did really bother me that she had this sour mood surrounding her that would impact the rest of the group. This is meant to be a picnic! You’re supposed to have fun with your classmates and not ruin the mood by being overly competitive and quiet. I can’t stand people who take a lot of burden onto themselves to try and save others… or hide something they believe will ruin the group dynamics. In this case, I feel like Himeko should trust her friends a little more especially when she’s having issues coming to terms with her feelings. This is what it means to have friends and to depend on people and I’m sure this is what Iori was getting to. I applaud her for smacking some sense into Himeko.
This is precisely the reason why I like (and emphasize with) Iori more. She’s has an outgoing spirit and she’s someone (like me) who tries to smile and puts up a front even when she’s hurting. I understand that’s not ideal and in a way, you can say that Iori also avoids the problem by putting on an act. My rebuttal to that would have to be a reminder of how Iori is the one who confronts Himeko this episode. Iori is the one who approaches Himeko asking about her feelings towards Taichi and not only does she chase after her, but she accepts her. Tell me that doesn’t demand some kind of respect? Not to say that Himeko is wrong, but I just agree with Iori’s way dealing with the situation. Whether or not her “desires were unleashed“, I still think that talking it out is far more conclusive than dragging it out.
And how about that kiss? Definitely saw it coming – especially after Himeko’s remarks in episode 5. I’m glad that the love triangle has finally surfaced but what’s going to happen to my Taichi/Iori pairing now? Oh no! I’m clearly a Taichi/Iori shipper so I’m not going to jump to conclusions yet. This episode seemed like an odd place to end the arc; syoboi has only 2 more episodes scheduled, so I’m anxious to see how they’re going to air the final 5 episodes. I spy a cliffhanger ending on the way and this is going to kill me since I already hate waiting a week for episodes to air (let alone a month or something!).