“No one is born evil.” – Henning Mankell
Whether or not that is true is debatable. As for me, I happen to believe in the tabula rasa theory, and I think Megumi is a great example of it. To me, Megumi is not really evil, but she’s not nice either. She is rude, selfish, and ignorant, but these traits are there for a reason – bullying. Words aren’t enough to describe how loathsome bullying is. Seeing Megumi go through all the cruelty was not easy for me. Despite being the obnoxious person she has become now, she did not deserve that kind of past. No one does. While it makes me feel sad to see what she went through, her past isn’t enough for me to see her in a more positive light. Having scars is not an excuse for being allowed to do as you please to others. Kai who was bullied grew stronger to be able to protect himself. Mei closed herself off from society to avoid being hurt. But Megumi has not changed. She is still scared, and that is sad. She is still a victim of condescension. Megumi like Aiko, was not accepted as the person she is and wanted to change, but the difference between them is that Aiko knows how to love. Both of them went through some major change to become accepted, but Aiko did it for love while Megumi did it for social status. It is understandable that Megumi had such reasons for her change considering the words she had to hear through her childhood. But because she doesn’t know how to love, she won’t be accepted, she is still the outsider. It is understandable that she isn’t capable of genuinely loving someone after all she has been through, so perhaps it’s too much to demand affection from her. But hopefully, one of the characters surrounding her will be a great catalyst for Megumi to be true to herself. That catalyst seems to be Momoko for now, but Kai is a good guess as well. He has also changed his image because of bullying so he might be able to relate to her, and Momoko seems to be able to understand the longing for social acceptance that Megumi has hidden inside of her.
Social problems are some of the key issues of Sukitte Ii na yo. but let’s not forget that the main story centres on Yamato and Mei’s relationship which seems to be progressing fairly well this week. The two of them finally went on a date to Land (I assume this is their Disneyland), and it was really fun to see their adventure. It’s nice that this show despite having dark themes can have light-hearted moments like this little trip. There were several moments that had me chuckling, especially Mei’s crying face after all those scary rides. It was nice to see how she went against her fears to have fun for Yamato. Just that act in itself shows how much she truly loves him. It’s also good to know that she loves someone who loves her back. Seeing how much effort Yamato had put into planning this vacation was obvious when the hotel room was shown (and him being tired). And I noticed that the hotel room had twin beds instead of a double one. That really made me realise that Yamato is aware of his girlfriend’s insecurity and therefore he wishes to take things slowly with her. Something simple as that was enough to make me smile. But even if the two of them would be ready to take things further, nothing would happen because Nagi showed up.
Nagi surely had bad timing, but somehow, it didn’t bother me much because she is such a sweet and likable girl. Her relationship with Mei is really adorable and heart-warming. In a way, Nagi being there made Mei loosen herself up a bit, so the date felt quite natural. But there are some questions that have popped up, such as, who is Yamato’s brother? Kurosawa Daiichi (Nakai Kazuya) showed up very randomly, and that made me find interest in him. He appears to have a good connection with his siblings, but that’s not certain. Hopefully there’ll be more about him in the remaining two episodes but as it seems now, my wish might not be fulfilled. Mei’s dream near the end was quite strange, and it had me wondering if we’ll ever see anything concerning her family. It’s probably safe to say that the remaining episodes will focus on giving Megumi’s story a proper (or improper) conclusion, but at the same time, I hope to see a bit more about Yamato and Mei’s families. We’ll see what happens in the remaining two episodes. At least one thing is certain for now, and that is that Mei and Yamato truly have grown and their love is stronger than ever.