「傷が、ある」 (Kizu ga, aru)
“They Have Scars”
While Mei and Yamato’s relationship is the main subject of this series, it’s also nice to see how Mei slowly handles her new social situation. You’re probably tired of me praising Mei all the time, but it’s hard to avoid doing that. She is so admirable, inspiring, and to me, she is the ideal girl in so many ways. It’s quite obvious why Yamato took interest in her. She is straightforward, honest, and sincere – all these traits are what the girls around Yamato have been lacking. He who has been used for pleasing others – something he felt obligated to do because he just wanted to “help” – has finally met someone who doesn’t take him for granted; a girl who isn’t using him. He can be his true self around her. Mei who is very anti-social doesn’t know how to act in various situations, therefore she can’t do anything but being honest, and that’s what really touches me. She won’t tell lies, or hurt someone – she is the best friend someone can have in a school like hers where most students we’ve been shown appear to be very attached to ideals and media. No wonder there is so much bullying going on and rumors spreading everywhere, but sadly, this isn’t something unique for this show because this is reality for many of us. The honest and more relatable portrayal of high school in this series is just one of the many great things about Sukitte Ii na yo. – It’s so realistic!
Aside from the praise for the show in general, today’s episode brought us the end of the Aiko arc. Most of the characters in this series are pitiful and sad. We have Yamato who does everything to protect others which leads to him being seen as a comforter. Then there is Aiko who changed herself for the person she had a one-sided crush on. And now we have Hayakawa Kakeru (Kaji Yuuki), a guy who aspires to be popular like Yamato by sleeping around with girls. It’s sad to see so many misunderstandings between everyone in this show. Hayakawa doesn’t understand Yamato’s “kindness”; he simply feels jealous because of how popular his friend is. The girls around Hayakawa aren’t changing the situation for the better. They, like the girls around Yamato, take Hayakawa for granted and do whatever they want with him. The naïve guy can’t see that he is being used and thinks he is gaining popularity from this.
Watching Mei deleting Hayakawa’s phone number made me smile. She doesn’t want artificial relationships, and seeing her confront him probably made Aiko realize what Yamato saw in her. It pleases me to see that Hayakawa can’t affect Mei. Even though he felt upset because his pride was hurt, a part of me thinks that he will change. He has realized now that some people want true friends; so hopefully he’ll find himself one who won’t take him for granted? And I certainly hope that Aiko will look at the man next to her now that there is peace between her and Mei. Hopefully Aiko will see Mei as a friend now that she has been protected by her. The two of them are very alike after all. But when it comes to Yamato and Hayakawa’s relation – it’s hard to say what will happen between them but I don’t think Yamato will talk to him again for a while, not after that punch.
Speaking of punches, not only is Mei courageous when it comes to being honest – she is also very determined. Hitting a teacher and making a run for it to protect a bracelet is a brave thing to do, but I’d expect nothing less from a Mei who is in love. Mei who has been protecting and “saving” everyone around her has a protector herself now. Watching her kiss Yamato’s injured hand really touched me. That scene was so artistic in every aspect. Sukitte Ii na yo. is truly beautiful and it has the ability to bring out emotions in me by showing something simple such as a kiss. I’m being completely earnest when I say that I love this show.