OP3: 「夢の続き」 (Yume no Tsuzuki) by 鈴木このみ (Suzuki Konomi)
「冬の一歩手前で」 (Fuyu no Ippotemae de)
“Just a Stone’s Throw to Winter”
Ohhh my, how I’ve missed this show. I didn’t realize it quite so much until I saw the first part of the episode play, with that delightful dream that was a little too
Misaki-like crazy to be true. Sakurasou, how I’ve missed thee so!
Erhm…anyway, so picking up where we left off, Mashiro is now in full otome-mode, trying to get close to Sorata, or failing that, just be near him (*nosebleed*) when she can. I’ll admit that here, Sorata acted a bit too typical-dense-male-anime-lead for my tastes. I will remind you that it’s often harder to understand what’s going on in a relationship when you’re party to it – compared to being on the outside, where it’s generally obvious as hell – but that said, Sorata did surpass the understandable level by a fair bit. Mashiro searching for him with no real purpose, wanting to learn to cook, and reacting so forcefully when he told her to…but wait, I’m getting ahead of myself. Suffice to say, it was obvious from the get-go what was going on in her head.
But she wasn’t the only one! One of the best things about this episode was seeing Misaki-sempai in full attack. While miniskirt santa is something that I believe every man should see at least once in his life (c’mon future Stilts girlfriends, get with the program!!), it was her putting the marriage registration form in Jin’s locker that really made me laugh! My biggest wonder is how they’re going to stretch this out when Misaki is attacking so much. Especially since it’s so obvious that Jin is dodging the matter. Rather than dense, Jin is just being silly. Why do I feel like these two form an accurate picture of my gender? Orz.
If Sorata disappointed me somewhat with his denseness, he partially redeemed himself later in the episode. When he was talking to Ayano, she gave him the choice between the old Mashiro and the new Mashiro, between the steely eyed artist and the uncertain girl. Given that choice, there are certainly people who would choose the latter, though like Ayano this would almost certainly be based on the assumption that the artist would not go away. Yet Sorata chose the artist. I respect this, in that Sorata respected most of all the Mashiro that chased wholeheartedly after her dreams. Balance is important, but that kind of single-minded determination is admirable as well.
That said, Sorata undoubtedly went about it in the wrong way. Were he more clear-minded and less dense, he would have been able to tell Mashiro that what he liked about her wasn’t her cooking, but her determination to draw a great manga. And perhaps that is still to come. In the meantime, spurred on by his second loss in the contest – and an even harsher one this time, him not even getting into the second round – he undoubtedly overreacted. I must say, I thought that the natural progression would be failure –> Nyaboron –> success, so I was pleased to see that he still had more work to do before reaching that plateau. As for reacting that way…well, depression has always been my way over anger, but to each their own. Even if Sorata has some serious apologizing to do.
Oh and by the way, Mashiro’s “If that’s what you want, then get out of me!“? I hng’d~ quite a lot from that statement. She’s starting to understand that there is this feeling inside of her, even if she doesn’t grasp what it is quite yet. I also appreciated how when she said that, some of the emotionless girl fell away and Kayanon used something closer to her normal voice. Nicely subtle. Ohandalsox2, “then get out of me”? That’s what she said. Sorry! Couldn’t resist.
Fortunately, it’s not only the Mashiro ship that’s getting some fuel this week. There was also Nanami, who is finally making her move! After giving her those tickets, I for a second thought that Jin might be on her side, but I don’t think so. I do think he empathizes with her though, and wants to push Sorata and the girls along enough so that they figure out their feelings. As for Nanami…well, I still favour the Mashiro ship a bit, but it continues to be a close thing. You go, Nanami! Even if you end up losing your beau, give it your best shot. At least then, you’ll have no regrets.
Oh, and Sorata? You don’t realize what you’ve stumbled into by accepting her invitation. Prepare for a fun x-mas eve, shounen…youluckybastardyou!!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – #sakurasou is back with confused Mashiro, aggressive Misaki, & aggressive Nanami too. Also, new OP & ED. Build, build, build the drama up…
- Obligatory commentary on the new OP: overall? S’alright. I feel like it speaks to the more dramatic parts of Sakurasou, but it doesn’t get me as pumped up as much as the seiyuu-sung OP1. We’ll see though. I always have a bias towards the first OP & ED I hear (at least for a bit), so it may grow on me.
- Good idea on passing Rita off to Ryuunosuke, Sorata. Meido-chan’s wrath aside, that’s exactly what I would have done. Though in fact, that may make it better *e-swoon*
- Mashiro loves knives so much she can’t sleep at night? Watch out, yandere in training! Gasai Yuno, eat your heart out! …just, uhm, not literally. That girls crazy.
- I enjoyed the brief Yuuko interlude, because it showed some of that deft foreshadowing that has helped to elevate Sakurasou’s storytelling. So it wasn’t important now. It will be later on, I’m sure of it.
- obligatory commentary on the new ED: it doesn’t get me as pumped as DAYS OF DASH did, and I would have liked one of the two songs to be sung by the seiyuu team again (preferably giving us another song like “Orange”), but I do not hate this song. Once again, it plays more into the dramatic side of things, but it has a nice mournful bent, and definitely has some feeling to it. It has the potential to do nicely.
ED3: 「Prime number～君と出会える日～」 (Prime Number -Minna to Deaeru Hi-) by 大倉明日香 (Okura Asuka)