「二人の決心」 (Futari no Kesshin)
You’ve got to believe in the power of love!
The plot still has a lot to prove in terms of material and integration of some story points (lol Ryou), but dammit if the romance isn’t satisfying to watch! Nothing feels more satisfying than having two people that feel the same way on the same page, because one can only contend with the mating dance for so long. I have to say I’m pretty satisfied with most of the romance offerings this season has to offer since most of them hit all the right notes without having to defer to those annoying, contrite gimmicks that made me swear off shoujo romances in the first place. It’s always far more compelling when conflicts in a relationship are rooted between the individuals themselves and the progress is framed around their discoveries of one another rather relying heavily on external influences/events to help a relationship along. Because in that case, how much of it involves actual emotion? I don’t want to root for a pairing because everyone else in the show wanted them to be together; I want to root for them because they want to be together. Relying on gimmicks to produce romance tends to lessen the impact of the actual relationship – the presentation of the material shifts focus away from the persons involved and more onto the contrived situations for the laughs. Not all rom-coms are guilty of this of course, but personal taste just leads me to avoid the genre in general. I want something with a bit more gravitas in the storytelling, which Hiiro no Kakera is capable of (when it comes to its characters, that is).
Many people might not come to the same conclusion about this show, but anime watching always comes down to personal preference. It’s too bad many people are avoiding Hiiro because of the “otome” label/”otome adaptation curse” – it really is one of the better written romances in a while, held back by the curse of its genre. I hope the people who read my posts on Random Curiosity at least feel the same way as I do, and that my drivels are in any way adding to the experience. Hiiro no Kakera really has become near and dear to me over the course of its run, and it’s always fun to give its elements a thorough thought after each episode. The characters are dynamic and rife with conflicts that constantly catapult them from one point to another, and seeing such consistent and constant growth is rewarding from a viewer’s perspective.
Also, not strictly related to the post itself, but I would like to take the time to publicly apologize. Random Curiosity has a long-standing reputation of being quick while being able to provide high-quality posts. I realize that lately my posting schedule has been rather erratic, and it is a disservice to those who want to read about the shows they watch as quickly as possible. There’s no point launching into a long-winded explanation about late posts – they’re personal issues and it’s not like it changes anything: a late post is a late post. So why apologize? Because I at least want to make it clear that I consider my position in RC as a privilege. When I’m late with my posts, I really do feel bad and want to get it out as soon as possible. It’s just that circumstances at the time don’t permit me to put out my best work, and even if it’s late I want to make sure my posts maintain the level of quality that I can put out during normal circumstances. Is that stubborn? Maybe. But I’ve always written with an extremely personal perspective that prioritized analysis of certain points (characters, in particular) instead of rehashing plot points, and anyone who’s read my posts can tell I fully enjoy and love a show. All the writers enjoy and love their shows I’m sure, but it’s not a feeling that any of the other writers can fully replicate. So despite my lateness at times, I do hope that you, the readers, will understand it’s not without reason and continue to read my posts at Random Curiosity.