Today’s was a fairly solid episode, with its fair dose of sheer crazy, but the show isn’t slow to develop our cast of characters. Here’s the rundown so far…
If this is what this cap is implying, then Linda has known Banri beforehand. This explains her occasional moodiness and almost offers to go outing with him before being interrupted. But why would Banri not remember someone so dependable, especially considering how apt he is at noticing other’s troubles? Considering his injuries, probably amnesia, but we’ll have to see what the story reveals. It’ll be interesting though to see how Linda reacts to Banri’s interaction with the rest of the female cast, as it’s heavily implied she’s had some interest in him before.
Mitsuo may speak bluntly at times when it comes to Kouko, but in a sense he’s correct…despite how awful it seems to acknowledge it. Attractiveness does have a correlation with drawing attention and people caring about your life more, and it does hurt to be on the end that has to be in a sense, “ungrateful.” Though Kaga Kouko’s behaviors are easier to digest thanks to the shield of the silver screen, it is easy to relate to Mitsuo’s almost gut-reaction snap at the mere mention of Kouko when you apply it to the realm of reality. The shadow of a person’s influence is an infuriating thing, especially in the college atmosphere where freedom is supposed to be a highlight.
The fact that he snaps at Banri first is significant–the foreshadowing continues to build itself between Mitsuo and Banri, whose friendship may be challenged in a love triangle setting. My concern at this point is that the show may not do enough to make Mitsuo’s resentment a sympathetic case, but that’s just me worrying at episode 2 of a two-cour. With so much time on our hands, I look forward to seeing what conflicting emotions Mitsuo will trudge through, especially once Kouko stops chasing him and gives him a breather to think.
I’m not really feeling the vibes of sympathy towards her right now. In fact, it’s a very realistic move by Banri to doubt the intentions behind Kouko’s sad display–is it a guise or is she really sad? Though we want to believe that Kouko has some story behind her that explains much of her behavior in sympathetic terms, our generalizations and stereotypes about her character type get in the way. After all, we don’t actually have that much information on Kouko. Up until the end of the first half of this episode, all we knew was that she has an obsessive and stalkerish attitude towards Mitsuo, of which is only counteracted (not really) by her attractiveness. The second half of the series does balance things in her favor more, though personally not enough for me to begin to feel for her case. It’s understandable to see why she’s stuck in a vicious cycle of chasing Mitsuo. The combination of her attractiveness, reputation, and lack of initiative in communication have isolated her from the fervor of the new school year, leaving her with no other outlet to focus her attention on. Thus, the most sensible path for her is to continue as she’s done before, chasing the one person in her life that’s still a source of constancy and familiarity. Now, this in no way justifies the extent of her behavior, but it certainly explains it, and she’s full aware of the futility of her efforts as well. Kaga Kouko, I expect, is a person who’ll be letting on a whole lot more than we’ll ever expect, once Banri finally gets her to remember his name. When that time comes, I’m sure it’ll be easier to sympathize with her, especially as she cools down her chase-mode to make way for more mutual affection.
He’s starting to show potential, but it’ll be up to the next episode to really show his stuff. It’s nice that his maturity in facing Mitsuo is reflective of a college attitude–it’s something that I want to see more of from all the characters. I suspect Banri will be at his weakest as a character during normal episodes, but as soon as that drama kicks in, Banri will be here to save the day. After all, that’s pretty much the good model for beta-type characters–stay soft until the right time comes and then go for the kill when the drama gets rough. It’s in no way a bad formula or character type, so long as it’s executed properly. If Banri can make this inevitable overnight fun club trip worthwhile, it’ll be through his wit and success–the result being that Kouko loses focus on Mitsuo, even for a few minutes, to focus in on her own life and desires.
She’s just too darn adorable, isn’t she? ;_;