「迷えるチキンな俺」 (Mayoeru Chikin na Ore)
“I’m a Confused Chicken”
With the last episode just a week away, I can’t get over how impressed I am with how exciting things are getting!
Seeing how every character has had a short arc dedicated to them, it makes sense that the only male lead would get one as well. But boy, in Kodaka’s case there’s just so much that the writers could do to flesh him out. We’ve already seen that he’s a good person who cares deeply for all of his “acquaintances” and family. But really, how much can you actually care for someone when you’re unwilling to reciprocate their feelings? Be it affection or comradery, all the mixed signals that he exchanges with everyone must get tough to handle.
Which is why I loved how the story continued to shine the spotlight on Rika and Kodaka. As we’ve seen, Rika’s been the only member who’s been actively trying (and recognizing) that the people who she spends most of her time with are actually her friends. And after witnessing just how far Kodaka is willing to go to avoid creating bonds with anyone, Rika may be the only person left who can help him overcome his fears.
And while I’m ready to hopefully watch Kodaka get over his fear of connecting with others, I can’t overlook my strange love for Yusa Aoi — one of the cutest characters to appear since Kobato. Not only do I give her credit for trying to take on both Yozora and Sena in a one-on-one battle but all those little quirks like taking her shoes off before leaping on the couch or complimenting Kodaka for all the things he’s stereotyped for somehow rocketed her up my favorite list. And let’s not forget that she’s super short, has messy red hair, and just has the perfect voice (provided by Ise Mariya)!
Getting back on track — who’s excited for the finale? With Kodaka’s fears finally thrown into the open, I’d like to see him try to run away this time. Judging from the preview though, I get the feeling that he may take things to an extreme and outright avoid going to clubroom. At the same time, it seems like the student council president and Yusa are going to play some instrumental part in helping Kodaka come to some realization that forming bonds won’t leave him worse than when he started. Something which doesn’t make a whole ton of sense but I’m down for more Yusa! But in the worst case, I suppose the writers could leave things up in the air and use it to make a third season — but if that happens I’d probably end up on the ground writhing in pain thinking about how I’d translate my disappointment into words.
P.S. Did the end of the episode bring out a deep emotion reaction in any of you? For me, the moment I tried to criticize Kodaka’s actions was the moment when I started remembering all of the dumb things that have happened to me in the past year. From relationships to botched friendships, I started to think about how different things might be if I had just walked away instead of going for it. And for a good half hour, I was thinking that following suit with Kodaka may have brought happier results — until I remembered all the things I learned from those crappy experiences and how I use it to keep my spirits up today.
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