「新しい部を結成して修羅場」 (Atarashii Bu o Kessei Shite Shuraba)
“Starting a New Club is a Battleground”
Eita, I had hope that you had a secret understanding of Chiwa’s hidden affections, that is until episode two came. Alas you are as thick as a good beef stew that you make for the girl that loves you. At least you still focus on your studies, despite Masuzu’s saucy attempts to confuse you with her ‘body language’ and creative use of his diary.
Even though you may be the only one in this situation unaware of Chiwa’s feelings, you did get something correct…partially. While Masuzu may have realized Chiwa’s feelings early on, the auxiliary reason why Chiwa joined the club was unknown to her. Chiwa strikes me as the type who’s goal oriented, whose energy towards one thing is great if she just focuses on it. However as Eita points out, with the loss of kendo, she lost a part of her she was heavily attached to. While Eita was correct that Chiwa joined the club for her to pursue a goal relentlessly, Masuzu silently realizes the subtlety made clear with this information (while still brooding why Chiwa hasn’t seen Jojo).
While we can’t know for sure what Masuzu realized then, I propose a guess. While it is true for Masuzu that Chiwa joined the club because of her desire to latch onto something once again, Masuzu realizes that this ties back to Eita. Chiwa is not chasing after a new focus, but is instead pursuing an old focus that she lost…to Masuzu. This became clear, at least to myself, in the specific questions she asked Eita–all her questions centered around his childhood friendship with Chihuahua. Eita however, seems completely unaware that becoming a boyfriend, fake or not, strips Chiwa of yet another anchoring focus in her life…and perhaps the last. Hence the deeper explanation of the surface reaction for Chiwa to join the club is revealed, with a mutual understanding between the star females.
Armed with this information and understanding, one would expect the proper reply to lay off of Eita and find a new plan of action…yet Masuzu reacts by pushing forward her teasing of Eita. Why she does this…it eludes me still, yet there exist a few possibilities. Either she’s actually falling for Eita, though she doesn’t want to admit it; she has some additional layer of plot behind her that involves possibly provoking Chiwa, perhaps for entertainment; or a combination of the above two mixed with other possibilities. The resolution to this ambiguity (as much of a turn on it is for some people) will perhaps reveal itself in the next episode, where Chiwa will take on even more of the information that will eventually arm her to take back her best friend.
Speaking of which, Chiwa’s reaction to this “get-the-guy” plot was so awkward that I had to turn down the volume and look away a little. While Chiwa is doing her best to prevent Masuzu from furthering her relationship, seeing her put on this awkward and clumsy show all for struggling to stay in the club…oh dear. At first, when Chiwa realized that her indirect provocations towards Eita were suddenly becoming reality thanks to Masuzu, she expressed this sense of discomfort and half-heartedness (something I groan at Eita for not noticing) that I pitied. However, come her best spinning of a guitar case that I’ve ever seen, and suddenly along with pity, I’ve got a good case of cringe in my seat too…though perhaps that was the intention. Through it all, it was humorous in reflection, finding myself chuckling while squirming, an uncommon combination.
Oreshura has taken its time, which may be good to elevate that subtle tension, but the ED sequence wants me to see these new characters come out! A good rom com isn’t complete without your supporting cast, and with no sight of any of the supporting characters in the preview, I wish that they’d hurry up and introduce new rivals! Masuzu, you can’t hold the upper hand forever!
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「Wonder Tale」 by 田村ゆかり (Tamura Yukari)