「海豚の…恋人契約（ドルフィンリング・ストライカー）」 (Iruka no… Koibuto Keiyaku (Dorufin Ringu – Sutoraikaa))
“Dophin’s… Lover’s Contract (Dolphin Ring Striker~)”
In the eternal words of Xumbra, “hnnnnnnnnnnnnnnng”
The Cycle of a Relationship
Even if you’ve never been in a relationship throughout your entire life, I’m sure that the idea of a “perfect” relationship has been already implanted into your brain. Be it from the internet, television, or romantic movies; there’s always that cookie-cutter relationship that no matter what country you’re from or culture you live in, the common consensus is that you should strive to achieve it. But, as in all things where the word cookie-cutter is used, there are always exemptions to the rule.
Which is why I was so surprised (and entertained) watching Yuuta get pulled into Nibutani’s little date trap. While I still can’t comprehend why she was so angry over the whole thing nor do I think that her methods were right for helping the pair, I definitely have to give her credit for giving Yuuta the little push he needed. Because as much as I love how the status-quo is for this show, I’m sure things would quickly get stale if all the episodes kept beating around the bush. Because I’m sure that after season one, we’ve all had enough of that!
Which leads me back to my original point — aren’t we all happy that Yuuta and Rikka are both emotionally competent enough to let their true feelings surface every now and then? While Rikka may be hiding behind the guise of her chunibyou, I caught a little glimpse of her normal self slip out as she tried to contain the amount of happiness Yuuta brings into her life. And in Yuuta’s case, I’m glad that he understands Rikka isn’t your typical girl and has the patience to accept her for who she is. Sure, the events from the end of season one should have already taught him that but it never hurts to have good ideas reinforced, am I right?
Cumin, Epic Binoculars, and Hnnnnnng
As one of my flagship romantic-comedies from whenever the first season aired, I am freaking delighted that the episode was both hilarious and “hnnnnng” inducing at the same time. From the jab at Kumin-senpai (both literally and rhetorically) to seeing just how much 280,000 yen can get you (not much apparently), there was a nice balance throughout the episode. And don’t get me started with just how cute and touching it was for Yuuta and Rikka to confront their feelings about each other. First time hand holding leading to reconfirming their feelings for each other? Yes, please.
A New Challenger Appears?
Seriously, what the hell is this? Just when my favorite couple of the season finally take a step forward, a new random girl (Is this Yuuta’s old “soul-mate” from way back when? I don’t remember…) who just happens to have chunibyou and lives above Yuuta appears? Even though I could look at this as another stepping stone for Rikka to pass on her way to achieving full-couple status, I just can’t. I can already see it — jealously battles, Rikka’s bubble getting invaded, and at the worst Yuuta doing something stupid that will only take his relationship three steps backward. I guess though, until she’s properly introduced (Or is re-introduced?) we’ll have to wait and see just how dangerous she’ll be…
- Kumin-senpai is getting hit, a lot. And what happened to the other male character? [/sarcasm]
- When did Nibutani get her brown hair back? WHERE WAS THE EXPLANATION THAT IT (BLACK HAIR) WAS A HORRIBLE IDEA?
- [22:07] < @Xumbra> takaii, http://puu.sh/6mEb8.gif
- [22:11] < @Xumbra> hnnnng
- [22:11] < @takaii> it’s mind numbingly cute
- [22:13] < @Xumbra> spaaaaaaaaaaaank hahahah
- [22:14] < @Xumbra> They animate all the characters, even background ones
- [22:16] < @Xumbra> CUMIN SEEDS
- [22:16] < @Xumbra> WHO THE HELL
- [22:16] < @Xumbra> HAHAH THEY INFLICT SLEEP