「他には何も」 (Hoka ni wa Nani mo)
While love may be beautiful, it can bring out the worst in people. Today’s episode of Sukitte Ii na yo. was filled with drama, perhaps a bit too much, but it was all essential for Yamato and Mei’s relationship to progress. The two of them did overcome many hardships in the previous episode, but with a huge revelation such as a love rival for Yamato, things were bound to become uneasy. Yamato who finally thought that life would become somewhat easier, had to face an old friend, one who has made him feel guilt for their past. And not just that – Kai’s past gives him an advantage when it comes to Mei. He can relate more easily to Mei. Yamato’s possessiveness and ill feelings are natural, but it is frustrating to see him take those feelings out on Mei. And what makes it even worse is that he based his opinions on rumours he has heard from Megumi. Wow, the girls truly enjoy gossiping in this school!
As it is now, it’s hard for me to blame Yamato. While they are rumours, it’s hard to not believe such words when you know that Kai loves Mei. But the way Yamato handled the situation, by ignoring Mei at first and then confronting her in an angry manner, did not seem very nice to me. It surprised me that he didn’t ask her about anything. While he did ask her about her experience when it comes to relationships while walking home with her, he let his uneasiness and jealousy get the better of him. Mei who is so trying so hard to be straightforward and honest with him should not have to face that. Also, does Yamato’s reason for being upset even make sense? He is being very possessive of Mei, completely disregarding her feelings, because of an invitation! And what’s funny is that it’s all a bunch of lies made up by none other than Megumi.
It is hard for me to like Megumi as a character, but her personality isn’t very strange. While she can be considered to be a mean person, there are reasons for her to act like she does. Personality is nothing you’re born with. From some flashbacks that were shown in this episode, we could see that she is not a stranger to bullying. She is a victim of it, and like Kai, she has worked hard to become someone who can stand up for herself. But unlike Kai, she slowly grew accustomed to all the artificial people around her. She even allowed them to influence herself, and now, she is one of them. Seeing how she accepted gifts from fans but then tossing them to Kai was quite upsetting. While it’s nice to make use of something that way, it’s not very kind to disregard the feelings someone put into a gift. Megumi’s love for Yamato is quite questionable. Does she truly love him? She has worked hard to become the inspiring person she is now, but she has definitely gone too far. She seems to be thinking that now that she is powerful, she can have whatever she wants. Rather than having Yamato, it appears to me that her attempt at ruining Mei’s life is to show her that she can attain anything she wants. Megumi is truly a pitiful character, but everyone can change, or at least try. It seems like Mei isn’t confident enough to do anything that might change Megumi, however, Kai is.
He has gone through what Megumi has. He has overcome the “weak” person he used to be, but he did not see himself as the king of the world because of that. Maybe that’s because of Mei, but still, he managed to change. The way the anime has rushed through these Kai-centred episodes made it seem like his feelings for Mei were admiration rather than love. As Yamato said, Kai felt a connection between him and Mei because of their pasts, but that is not a good reason for him to think he deserves her more than anyone else. While that is true, who is Yamato to decide who deserves Mei or doesn’t? Watching these two guys fight over something silly such as who deserves to be by Mei’s side, while completely disregarding her feelings made me feel quite annoyed, but those feelings passed quite quickly when they finally brought up their past. If there is something that should be discussed, it’s their past.
Things were definitely rushed in this episode. It felt like the events escalated quite too fast, and some of the parts were slightly awkward. At the beginning of Yamato’s confrontation, the background music sounded very weird, and it did not enhance the scene at all. There has been a lot of praise for me in my previous posts, but today there won’t be much of it. That doesn’t necessarily mean that this episode was bad because it wasn’t. It’s just that it could’ve been better and more organised. Kai and Yamato’s scenes needed more time. But the episode still had several highlights, such as Megumi’s past. The show has certainly portrayed her very well and she has been enjoyable to watch even though she is a “villain”.
It seemed as if Megumi was planning to use Kai to mess up things between Mei and Yamato for a while. While she almost succeeded, she probably had not thought about what kind of person Kai is. She did not know that he was an honest man. It will be interesting to see how Megumi will try to make use of Aiko and Asami to worm her way in to Mei’s circle of friends. She is most likely to succeed with Asami because that girl is too nice to everyone, but we all know Aiko. She is simply too amazing for words. My favourite characters are Mei and Kai in the manga, but here in the anime, Aiko is the second one instead of Kai. She may be rude but her bluntness is amazing. It is impossible to corrupt her strong mind. It is sad that her heart had to break for her to become the fantastic person she is today, but luckily, she didn’t let that bring her down. Perhaps Aiko will be the one to open up Megumi’s eyes? Or maybe the girl called Sasano Momoko (Yonezawa Madoka)? Who knows? Whatever happens, at least things are good between Yamato and Mei now. It’s good to know that despite all hardships, their love still stands strong.