「雨あがりの青」 (Ame Agarino Ao)
“The Blue After the Rain”
I’ve been pretty quick to offer praise for this series, and as I read further into my post, this isn’t going to change much. Yet going into this post, I was going to argue that Sakurasou had finally struck a chord that just annoyed me. That was the thought at the ~7 minute mark, at least. Now? I’m not so sure.
So, Nanami. The character flaw that dominated this arc was that she pushes herself so hard that she ends up collapsing from fatigue. To us, the viewers, this seems silly – it’s all well and good to want to do things yourself, but it seems silly to reject a hand outstretched in help, especially when it’s offered by good people like Sorata.
But enough quasi-philosophical nonsense, I need to get onto the nitty-gritty, namely this scene. Oh, my gaaaaaawds!! *slaps his hands on his cheeks like a 14-year-old schoolgirl* Did you see how she clung to him? D’AAAAAAAAWWW!!
In all seriousness, that was the scene that changed my perception of Nanami firmly back to the positive, not despite her flaw, but in some ways because of it. The whole scene was touching mostly due to their physical closeness…Nanami, depressed and beaten down by failure, clinging to Sorata; Sorata with his arm around her as he shielded her from the rain. It’s a sad reflection on the state of anime male romantic / harem leads that I must give kudos to Sorata for this simple act, for holding Nanami and letting her hold onto him when she was hurting, because that’s what damn near any non-bastardly guy (not to mention nearly every woman) would do in that situation. She needed someone, and he was there. You want realism, people? Look for it in the important moments, when the comedy is stripped away and it’s just the characters hurting, changing, and growing up. Here you go.
Perhaps the most surprising part of the episode came in regards to Mashiro’s perceptiveness. There’s no denying that in certain ways, Mashiro is a little bit thick (open the cap, darling), but where originally I thought she was depressed because she was trying to stay out of Sorata’s way so he could finish his game design doc, it turns out that she was worried about Nanami but didn’t know what to do about it. (Or possibly both of those things.)
Wait, scratch what I said before…the most surprising part of the episode was definitely the proper introduction of Torajirou!! XD This ep was pretty light in the comedy department, but hearing Nanami doing both voices, and having the Torajirou one say things like “Get him on the bed already!” was just hilaradorable!! It even topped her going super dere over Sorata’s innocent “Hai, aaa~n” and Nanami muttering about not wearing anything under, HNNNNNNNNNNN– *falls over from a massive nosebleed*
Erh, where was I? Right, one last paragraph-length thought. Dear readers, a question – do any of you know if these past two episodes covered the extent of Volume 2? I ask because considering this show’s similarities with Toradora, my main concern is that they’ll run out of time and have to cram things in at the end. At four episodes a volume we were headed for that, but if they did the second one in only two, we may have made up for most of that time! If so, it’s looking like moving Nanami’s introduction to the first arc continues to be a wonderful idea, and is exactly the kind of tweak that can make an adaption work best of all – careful, considered, deliberate changes made based on feedback and experience with the source material. I guess it pays to have good script writers on board, woo!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Thanks to Mashiro, Nanami gets to make her own mistake, & becomes closer to the #sakurasou crew. Next week, Ogura Yui loli-imouto? \o/
- Okay, I resisted in the main post, but I have to get one quick rant off my chest – if you’re so tired that you’re falling asleep when you don’t want to, you don’t need to try harder, you need to do less. Cut away the unessentials (like Mashiro duty) and focus on what’s truly important. That’s a mistake made for admirable reasons, but a mistake nonetheless. Don’t let it happen to you!
- Sorata walked the line with Misaki-sempai well. He couldn’t tell her about Jin, because that would break his word, and because that’s Jin’s news to tell her…yet he couldn’t leave her confused and unhappy either. Reassuring her and cheering her up with a game she loves to play was the best he could do. It’s small, but it helps.
- Using the fleeing princess as an opportunity to grope Useless-sensei’s chest, Jin-san? Pro :3
- Your 15 minutes of popularity with women…you don’t even realize that you’re in then already, do you, Sorata?
- An interesting theme was introduced (well, openly stated) this episode which’ll probably pop up again – how do people like Nanami and Sorata compete with those like Misaki and Mashiro, when they’re not only insanely talented but work really hard as well? Here, let me spoil it for you: you work hard, certainly, but also find what you’re talented in and then to that. You might find that it’s not what you dreamed about, but such is life. It’s better to be doing that which you excel at than to struggle on at that which you do not. Just a little tip there from Stilts-niinii ^^
- Next week we have an Ogura Yui loli-imouto incoming?! I’m as happy as a lolicon when an Ogura Yui loli-imouto is–wait. Bad example. I’m innocent, I swear!! >_<
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