「キライキライ、ダイスキ」 (Kiraikirai , Daisuki)
“Hate, Hate, Love”
One of the things I’ve liked about Sakurasou since the beginning is how well the whole cast is utilized. With a romcom like this, it could easily have been the Sorata-and-his-love-interests show, but it’s not. Not only Misaki and Jin, but other characters are getting good screen time and even character development now. This time it was still Rita’s turn in the spotlight – which was to be expected, this being her arc – but also Akasaka’s as well.
Though it probably reflects badly on me, I like Akasaka a lot. As I’m fond of noting, I’m a liar – as a marketer by profession and a storyteller by passion (note: there’s very little difference between the two), it comes with the territory. That said, I respect someone who can sling the unvarnished truth, provided they’re also perceptive enough to see it. In Akasaka, we have exactly that. I enjoyed it when he called Rita out on her manipulative, two-faced bullshit. He was right – it’s not that Mashiro breaks people, but that Rita was too weak. Stand near greatness, and you will either become great yourself, or be destroyed. We know what happened to Rita. Care to guess where Sorata is headed?
That said, there are risks in being truly honest. Akasaka was not wrong when he confronted Rita, but he was certainly harsh–brutally so. Everyone says that it’s better to be honest, right? Well observe the effects of pure honesty. To shade the truth, to shield the blow is to be less than honest – it’s lying by inches. Akasaka was completely right, and yet for a while there he was the villain. I think that sometimes honesty is overrated, and it’s the liar you want next to you, to gently guide you towards the truth.
As for why Rita was so twisted out of shape…communicate, people! (No, not that way…okay, that’s fine too.) Actually, let me go back – those other people at Rita’s grandfather’s atelier? They were a bit petty. If you can’t match someone, then you should try harder, and if you still can’t match them – hard work won’t give you everything, unfortunately – then go do something else! The world is vast, and there is something out there that each of us can be the best at, even if it’s not what we dreamed about doing as kids. I can understand the jealousy and the disappointment, but coming to hate what you once loved? If that’s all it took, then perhaps you didn’t really love it at all.
Rita, though, held on longer than anyone else. I understand and sympathize with how hard it can be to constantly be next to someone who is so much better than you, someone you can’t hope to match. In truth, Sorata and Jin are lucky, because while they live with insanely talented women, at least they’re focusing it towards different things – they’re not direct competitors. That said, I still find myself agreeing with Sorata once again. Good people want to work with brilliant people, on the off chance that some of that greatness rubs off (that is, they learn something). Besides, there’s nothing better than being a part – no matter how small! – of a great project. Still, at least Rita and Mashiro finally started communicating again. Bad feelings fester when communication breaks down. Hopefully they won’t let that happen again.
In the end, while the central conflict was weaker than previous ones (I prefer misunderstandings to lead to comedy, not drama), there were some warm moments in the end. I knew from early on that Rita would get recruited to help bring Nyaboron to life, but what I really enjoyed was Sorata giving a successful presentation this time. I didn’t expect it so soon, but it was nice to see him stand up and succeed where he once failed, woo!
Finally, the “villain” Akasaka got thanks for his harsh but necessary words…and a little something more. Scared Akasaka was hilarious! That’s it, I’m making it official – I am now shipping Akasaka x Rita! I mean, it works out perfectly. Every couple needs a genius (Mashiro, Misaki, Aksaka) and a struggling, unsure hard-worker (Sorata, Jin, Rita). Plus, the thought of Kawasumi Ayako pursuing Hocchan is just too good to pass up. Sorry Meido-chan, you’ve been replaced by a 3D girl. Deal with it!
Next time we get to see more of Nyaboron in action, and then this. Oh man, this is going to confuse Zephyr so much!!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Akasaka plays hardball w/ two-faced Rita, until she finally breaks. Again. Then, Sorata and Mashiro… #sakurasou
- I will never be tackle-hugged by Misaki-sempai :*(
- For a minute there, I thought Rita had lied about having quit painting when it was revealed that she was a professional painter. It makes sense, though…Mashiro only started drawing manga recently. Another sign that Rita lasted much longer than the others, and that perhaps some of that greatness rubbed off.
- By the way, Rita’s grandfather is the real villain in all of this. Who tells someone to stop painting just because they’ll never be as good as a friggin’ genius? Much less his own granddaughter, ugh!
- Mashiro really doesn’t have a jealous bone in her body…partly because she’s just that good, but mostly because she’s that focused. Very impressive, very sweet.
- Why do you have a handkerchief out Nanami, it’s raining you fool!
- I like Rita more now. Sure, she got owned big time, but when all was said in done she stuck to her guns about wanting Mashiro to go back to painting. I don’t agree, but just because she was wrong on some things doesn’t mean she has to capitulate on everything. I don’t hate that kind of stubbornness.