「二人の…逃避行(エグザイル)」 (Futari no… Eguzairu)
First of all, let me apologize – this post is going to be shorter than usual (for me), since I’m out of town visiting family for Thanksgiving at the moment. Though wait…maybe shorter posts are better? Either way, special thanks goes to Zanibas for taking care of the screen caps for me. He’s the reason you all get to read this post right now. Zanibas saikou! \o/
First item: drama. For the reigning kings of heartstrings and the tugging thereof (Clannad ~After Story~ made me experience human emotions again), this show isn’t bringing on the feels. Last week I mentioned that, while good, the dramatic scenes lacked an emotional punch, and this week followed suit. Part of this has to do with the whole chunibyou thing, which is rather silly and makes it hard for the characters to delve into serious matters, but the rest of it is…uhm. I don’t know! This is some pretty subjective criticism – this episode may have struck you emotionally, and that would be totally valid – but it’s not doing it for me. I can only hope that this is all buildup for a massive emotional payoff later on. If so, it may be that this was done very well (in retrospect). As it is though, any episode that uses a mournful insert song and doesn’t stir up any feelings belongs to a series that might want to focus on other things.
Speaking of: comedy, flirting, and megaton-level cuteness. Those are the things that KyoAni is doing, and doing well. The comedy should speak for itself, but really so does the flirting. I’m going to talk about it anyway, though. Good was the natural airhead Kumin-sempai and her accidental flirting with Isshiki-kun (why must you get my hopes up? Guuuuuh!). Second best was dinner in the park, with all the indirect kisses and playful teasing it involved (HNNNNNNNNG!!). Best of all though, was Rikka smelling Yuuta’s scent. I. just. dontevenknowwhattodowithmyselfanymoreee!!! *falls over from a massive nosebleed* Add in how cute Rikka was at the end there, and that’s really where KyoAni is making this show sparkle. More of that please!
As for that, the major event from this episode was the awakening of Yuuta and Rikka’s feelings. Yuuta, who is post-chuunibyou (and kind enough to narrate his thoughts), was clearly more aware from the get-go, but dismissed the possibility of romance because of Rikka’s childishness. Props go to Isshiki for helping to push Yuuta towards the truth, even at the (accidental) expense of his time with Kumin-sempai. Forever alone!!
Rikka, though, was blindingly obvious about her burgeoning feelings. The only problem was that she didn’t realize what she was feeling herself! The smelling, the romantic movie, telling Yuuta to close his eyes as she got closer…she may be so far down the chuunibyou rabbit hole as to not recognize love, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t want it. Two moments struck me. One was when she put the mark on Yuuta’s hand. That moment was totally chu2, and not what I was looking for…but it was sweet nonetheless. The other was far more devastating, though. When Rikka walked into Yuuta’s room and brushed his hair aside as he was sleeping…
Oh. my. gods. She knows! She finally, truly, absolutely, unequivocally, really knows! Rikka has awoken to her feelings for Yuuta! Ohhhh man…it can only get better from here!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The drama fizzles, but the cute flirting picks it up and runs like crazy. Feelings are awakening in chu2ville… #chu2koi
- Anime girls with super long hair never trip on it, you know? Such a thought would be sill–wait, what was that there!? XD
- Cerberus has fantastic taste in women. As does Isshiki-kun, I might add!
- Isn’t Zanibas good at picking out Stilts-caliber screen caps? :3
- Hah, Shinka finally noticed the “mark” Dekomori left on her. Poor, poor Deko-chan. Payback is a bitch!
- I almost forgot one thing – we finally learned the origin of Rikka’s chuunibyou. Her father’s death might be the reason, but middle school Yuuta was the inspiration. No wonder she knew where to find him back in Episode 1! But you want to know the best part (for me)? Because she was just coming to visit Touka, this is all totally justified! Good storytelling, wooo!