「オープン・ユア・ハート」 (Oopun Yua Haato)
“Open Your Heart”
Kanzashi goes from angry to deredere in nothing flat, only for it to fall apart.
They’re Not Thinking About Ichika At All
Most of the character-based criticism about this show is leveled at Ichika, and deservedly so, but let’s be fair here – it’s not like the main five girls spent any time really thinking about Ichika’s feelings. Cecilia and Ling spent the whole time being angry and plotting his demise because he dared to not pick them, all without not even thinking to ask him why he’s after Kanzashi or discuss how it makes them feel. I was originally going to say that the other three were better, and it started out looking that way – Char was acting like she just wanted to give Ichika a good fight, and Laura was a angry but quickly seemed to get embarrassed about it, even if it was mostly because she damaged her secret picture of Ichika – but this was quickly lost when they got angry at Ichika too.
Every time the story pulls this jealousy shit the girls go from being strong, interesting characters to caricatures of jealous, petty high school girls. Not even Houki escaped – while her main story focus was elsewhere, she started off training to beat Ichika, and she never asked him what the deal was either. Ichika may be dense, but his haremettes are more focused on their own needs than those of the man they claim to love. They may still be dumb high schoolers, but they better grow out of that before and future relationship can really work.
From Zero to Dere in Nothing Flat
Kanzashi’s characterization turned on a dime. From slapping Ichika to blushing up a storm, Kanzashi-chan went from annoyed to head-over-heels in love waaay too fast. Part of this actually makes sense – she’s at a fragile place, and she seems like the type of person who would fall hard and fast for anyone who shows genuine interest in her. It still felt too abrupt though. There was no time for an emotional payoff, it was more of oh, I guess we’re doing this now. Alright.
Also there’s the fact that she instantly starts changing some of her deeply held beliefs and desires because of a boy. Once again, this fits her personality – fragile place, meek girl, wants a hero, etc. – but I’m not even going to try to hide how much this kind of attitude annoys me. Compared to the other haremettes, who are – when they’re not being flanderized – strong characters who arrived at their love for Ichika for only moderately suspect reasons, Kanzashi just ditches her goal of trying to match up to her onee-san and got help because Ichika suggested it. I mean, it was the smart thing to do, but stand up for yourself girl! It all fits, but I don’t think Kanzashi will turn out to be one of my favorite haremettes, even if she is awfully cute.
Tatenashi is going after Houki now!? Swiftly approved! Yuri shipping aside, I liked the parallels between Houki’s now more distant relationship with her sister – at least compared to that of the Orimura kyoudai – and that of Tatenashi and her imouto. It was a good way for the two to connect, and it made sense why Tatenashi wanted to partner up with Houki. Also she’s apparently now mad stronk, and has big boobs. So that helps too.
It was beyond obvious that Kanzashi would find out about her onee-san’s meddling. I get the whole pressure thing, but it’s a theme so old and tired that it’s not resonating with me, so her angst over her onee-san, you know, caring for her and wanting to help her is…okay, that’s not actually the point. The point is that Ichika, her new hero, appears to have been less than genuine in his reasons for pursuing her, which would certainly hurt. You could ask him what’s up though? Perhaps? Communication is the root of a healthy relationship kids. That’s a cliche, but it’s damned true. Talk to each other you stupid children!
I expect Kanzashi will finish falling to Ichika’s irresistible battering ram of dense next episode so that we can get back to that whole Madoka plot line. Ten bucks says we’ll get another interrupted tournament! When are they going to let them actually finish one? I want to know who would win!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Kanzashi falls to Ichika’s “charms”, only to be devastated by her onee-san’s meddling. Also, I’m shipping Tatenashi x Houki now #is_anime 08
- Tatenashi-sempai, you’re analyzing the wron–no no, that’s absolutely the right thing to be focusing on. Russia-tan is amazing.
- Wait, Tatenashi broke in? Is she not Ichika’s roommate now? I swear, they don’t keep us updated on these roommate changes at all, and they’re kind of important. Oh and also, I want to give Tatenashi a massage-e!
- Cecilia x Ling, Char x Laura, Tatenashi x Houki…yeah, you can have the King of Dense, Kanzashi. I have better couples to ship.
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