「このままが」 (Kono Mama ga)
Week after week Mei amazes me with her greatness as a character and today was no exception. Words aren’t enough to describe my respect for her. Now that Yamato has introduced her to a new world where Mei can socialize with people, she has taken things one step further. Not only has she managed to help the other characters with her straightforward honesty, she has done what Yamato couldn’t. Yamato’s help throughout his junior high school years haven’t been the necessary kind of help. He has simply been satisfying people to calm their troubling situations down, which can be helping for the moment but won’t do any good further on. But Mei, she has been able to change people’s views completely. It’s ironic that she, who was a stubborn pessimist, is doing what an optimist does. She even managed to make Yamato’s little sister, Kurosawa Nagi (Ise Mariya), see life more positively – something not even her brother could do despite being family. Perhaps it’s because both girls have gone through similar issues, but still, Mei’s way of approaching people might be awkward but it’s really heartwarming.
It’s sad to see how people of such young age can treat each other like tools. While children are innocent and don’t know much about society, they’re still affected by it. Seeing how Nagi’s “friends” used her for her kindness was heartbreaking. It’s sad when adults use each other too, but it feels even worse to see kids do that. If they’re so demanding and neglecting now, how will they be when they grow up? Nagi is just a child so it’s easy to see why she was scared and decided to stay home. Unlike Mei who while being a victim to bullying, ignores everything and still does what she has to, Nagi can’t because she is afraid. It’s quite surprising that her parents and brother haven’t done anything but then again, maybe she didn’t have the courage to tell them. She is after all, like her brother, someone who finds it necessary to please others. She saw that her friends were ignoring her, yet she allowed them to visit her. Something quite amusing and adorable was that while Nagi let her friends step on her, she did not want the same thing to happen to Yamato. Watching her disapproval of Mei was quite cute, but also very sad. It made me wonder if Nagi has seen many girls use her brother as a doormat… It truly saddens me to see kindness being taken for granted and used. Luckily there are people like Mei to brighten things up – and cats!
Using cats to connect Mei and Yamato in today’s episode was a brilliant idea. For the first time, Yamato witnessed his girlfriend’s truly caring heart. Thinking about it, he has never really seen what she has done for his friends. Now he was given a chance to see Mei’s kindness in action. Even if it was “just a cat” to him, to her, it was an animal struggling for life. Unfortunately, there are many irresponsible people who think pets are cute, take them in, grow tired of them and throw them away – just like how Mei has been treated all her life. The stray cat was a great way of showing how Mei could identify herself in a small kitten, and perhaps that’s something Yamato noticed as well. It was very kind of him to take the cat with him home. Kuro is definitely in good hands.
This episode was not the most romantic one, but to me, it was the most heartwarming one we’ve had so far. Whether it’s an adult, a teenager, a child, or a cat, it doesn’t matter. Mei is capable of moving everyone’s hearts, including mine.