「俺が後輩と恋人同士になるわけがない」 (Ore ga Kouhai to Koibito Doushi ni Naru Wake ga Nai)
“I Can’t Become A Couple With My Underclassman”
Alright, so there was another reason why I didn’t want to write things down right away. I had to cool down from all the awesome this episode. Apart from the interesting things we’ll examine in this post, there was also the pure enjoyment factor of seeing everyone over-analyze the situation and overreact. Would you like some Ruri squeezing and squealing, or perhaps a nice dish of Kyousuke spouting out his carnal desires? Maybe some Sena BL fantasizing or Kouki indirect-trolling would would work as well? As for me, every scene caused me to laugh more consistently than any other episode this season, so I apologize that I needed a cooldown period. Well then, let’s begin, shall we?
Oh, sweet sweet young love. I can’t help but feel happy for those two, to get invested in their characters and root for them to be happy together. While I’ve always been a Kirino fan, I’ve also grown to become fond of Kuroneko, and by extension Kyousuke’s interactions with her. She’s shown some of the cutest developments of the entire show, expanding from her initial bluntness and intellectual vigor into more compassionate territory that makes her seem more human and relatable. She never really let go of her original personality, but instead enhanced that personality by increasing her facets, rather than replacing them. She is a mature person, but that doesn’t mean she can’t fangirl or fantasize like the rest of us. That notebook…one of the most adorable things I’ve seen in awhile.
But even as many people bask in happiness from the current situation, it’s not going to be an easy road for them for long. While I’m crossing my fingers and toes that they don’t jump into the drama next episode and give these two a break, a blogger has to prepare for the worst.
The number one culprit of uncomfortable emotions of course has to be Kirino. Kirino and Kyousuke seem to have made up and bicker without all the spite, yet the few words Kirino dropped this episode hint at troubles to come. Last episode, we saw Kyousuke dropping the sis-con bomb, speaking his true feelings and making a huge deal of the situation. This episode wrapped up feelings on his end (after all, protective older brothers are not uncommon in reality), leaving us to instead wonder about Kirino’s feelings. If I had to hanker a guess, the tables have turned on Kirino without her knowledge, though she herself probably suspects at what could be going on between Ruri and Kyousuke. Kirino definitely wants Kyousuke to care about the big choices she makes in life, especially with guys, but I suspect it’s the other way around as well. For the longest time, Kyousuke belonged only to “plain girl”, where he was safe from wandering too far away. With the introduction of Kuroneko though, Kyousuke will inadvertently put a wall between himself and Kirino, whether he likes it or not. Though he publicly plays around with Kirino even with Kuroneko’s confession in his head, Kirino will most likely perceive this as distance, where she is no longer the “one” Kyousuke helps out.
The sentiment is real, and I definitely feel it myself. After all Kyousuke has said and done to dedicate himself to her, it’ll be hard for her to accept her brother’s recent activities. Betrayal will probably be somewhere on Kirino’s mind, since it all happened so quickly and under her nose as well. Kyousuke is right in worrying about his sister, no matter how beta that might come off as, because Kirino cannot be ignored, especially in a situation like this. The question now is whether Kirino will find out by accident or by a direct confession, and how she’ll proceed with that knowledge in mind.
Aside from Kirino though, there does exist another problem for the two of them. Despite Kyousuke’s dedication to those he loves and Kuroneko’s maturity and thoughtfulness, they are hormone-driven high schoolers, both with zero experience when it comes to intimacy. They are pretty representative of the stereotypes associated with young naive love, with Kuroneko head over heels and willing to make the standard bento and Kyousuke with his raging sex drive. It’s adorable to see them dance around each other, get a little angry, and then use the opportunity to be honest–it’s the purest type of love. However, it is far from the most mature or stable relationship, or the one most grounded in reality.
Eternal curses than bind her feelings to him for eternity, casual remarks that can cause public shame, drawings of future encounters and cute incompetence. All of these things, all of them are cute…at least for the first half-year give or take. I don’t hold it against those two for having such lofty words and agreement with each other, but with the first trouble looming above their heads, they’ll need something more than what they have now to make it through. It’s a fragile and blooming love that I hope grows stronger over time, but at the same time experience tells me that there are some rocks ahead that don’t even need Kirino to trigger.
My friend pointed out to me that they didn’t spend much time with Kyousuke reflecting on this “important decision”. From a logistical and pacing standpoint I can say that they couldn’t spend too much time on his internal monologues, lest they rush the rest of the story, but let’s assume that he didn’t spend enough time thinking it out. After all, he was told by Kuroneko to decide in one day. The brash decision, the hurried choice to make the relationship happen…it’s so fitting for a blissfully ignorant couple that act on their emotions. While it is far from a perfect get-together in terms of stability, it is a good portrayal of the youthful situation they are in, but also the foreshadow for the troubles that may come. They may love each other, but as soon as one thing goes wrong, where they may have to choose between friendship, siblingship, and/or relationship, who knows what those two will do.
I’ve been too negative though, so let’s end on a cheerful note. After 22 or so episodes, it’s finally come to this, where a beautiful relationship in the making has finally come to bear fruit. Today’s episode, aside from any ships come true, has been an enjoyable one to watch. Lots of subtle comedic timings made this episode entertaining for all. That moment where Kuroneko’s theme started playing as soon as she gained her composure or the sudden music halt when Kyousuke misunderstood the doorbell, all of those moments were sheer comedic gold. For the most part everyone is on good ties with each other, and those who were on thin ice quickly made up and cleared the air. This paves the way for another wonderful episode next week, where no apparently negative cliffhanger is in sight–a refreshing change from these past few episodes. I’ve enjoyed covering this series so far, and I look forward to covering the rest to the end. I won’t be here next week to cover the material, so enjoy whoever will be covering for me and their fresh perspective!