「好き、なのに」 (Suki, Nanoni)
“Even Though I Love You”
While Yamato has slowly learned that pleasing others isn’t something he has to do, he still has a long way to go. Nowadays he listens to his girlfriend’s opinions first, which could be seen when he took on the modelling job. It’s natural for Mei to agree with it. Why wouldn’t she? Anyone would want what’s good for the person you love, even at the expense of your own happiness. Mei is definitely too kind. She doesn’t question Yamato even though she wants to. She supports him no matter what. Seeing her hurting all alone is really painful and it makes me wish that someone would punch Yamato. While he did have Mei’s consent when it comes to the job, he is truly oblivious to her feelings. The two of them love each other, that’s clear, but their love isn’t strong enough for them to overcome their old habits. Mei is still stuck in her insecurity, and Yamato still tries to please others who are completely fine without his help.
It is easy to call Megumi a villain because of how she wormed her way in Mei’s social circle, but in the end, what she did might be rude but not wrong. Her position in Yamato’s life has been given to her because of Mei and Yamato themselves. Megumi is simply utilizing every opportunity she has been given to keep Yamato within her grasp. She’s still annoying to me though. It was very weird of her to invite Yamato for dinner late at night after work. While the two of them are simply classmates and colleagues, everyone knows that Megumi has romantic interests in Yamato. He who knows this should have been smart enough to avoid the invite she gave him, but perhaps he had that urge to please others again? While it was heartbreaking to watch Yamato dine with her, that scene gave us an opportunity to see what kind of person Megumi is. Aside from being a sly girl, she is a hard-working person who has struggled to reach her current position, so she has definitely earned my respect there, but that’s about it. There is nothing more for me to like about her.
Yamato was unquestionably disappointing in this episode, at least to me, but at the same time it made me really happy that his ignorance made way for Mei’s other two friends to shine. Asami is the kind of person who is nice to everyone, but that doesn’t mean that she ignores her true friends. It was slowly becoming irritating to see everyone admiring Megumi all the time so it was really nice that someone finally turned around to look at Mei. But even if Asami did show Mei some kindness, my main praise will go to Aiko. Asami is soft and kind-hearted. She is the kind of friend that will comfort someone to ease the pain but that’s not always going to help. Comfort can be soothing but it won’t remove the problems. Encouragement however, will do so, and encouraging people is something Aiko is really good at, and for that, she has my respect. Friendship is such an amazing thing. It makes me happy to see that even though this is a romance series, the importance of friends is still displayed. Watching Mei finally gaining some courage from her friends and walking up to Yamato for a kiss was truly a fantastic scene. It was heart-warming and inspiring, but the kiss won’t stop Megumi from being persuasive. Perhaps the new guy will? It was really exciting to see the new character at the end because he happens to be my second favourite one of this series. The wait for the next episode will be the end of me. Why can’t it be next Saturday already?