「文化祭だよ☆お泊まりです♡／文化祭だよ☆本番です！」 (Bunkasai da yo ☆ o Tomaridesu ♡/ Bunkasai da yo ☆ Honbandesu!)
“Culture Fest: Sleepover Time! / Culture Fest: Today’s the Day!”
Kiss, kiss, kiss! The B-couple shows up this week, but I’m still waiting for the (unlikely) C-couple to show their cards.
I mentioned last week that we needed some more of the refined yuri stylings of Kotone x Shizuku, and lo and behold, Sakura Trick delivers! What is there to say other than how their relationship is much more…adult? Than Yuu and Haruka’s. I’m not sure that’s right, but there’s certainly less lust in it. It’s more familiar, like a couple that has been together for a few years and are now comfortable with each other, but still very much in love. It’s very sweet in a warmer sort of way.
Stilts is the shepherd of the introverts this season! In Mikakunin de Shinkoukei it’s Hakuya, and here it’s Shizuku. I can very much identify with how she didn’t stay late before her middle school festivals, because it’s something that a younger Stilts may have done. Even more than that though, I appreciate how she’s staying out this time anyway. Yes it’s mostly because Kotone is there, and she’s represents a lifeline of sorts, a familiar face who is always there for her…and yet Shizuku is still trying, and that says a lot. Fight on, Shizuku-chan!
Normally one bout of yuri per half would be enough, but no, more! As a contrast, Haruka and Yuu are definitely the more “lusty” of the two couples, which is certainly fun to watch, but I get the feeling that they have to move beyond that someday and get to where Shizuku and Kotone are. Keep kissing, though. That’s amazing.
I Want Kaede x Yuzu So Bad!
I had Kaede and Yuzu as those two (straight)
guys girls (trope!), but the more this series goes on, the more I suspect that their being gay for each other might be the final reveal of the series. Or is that wishful thinking? I do know they’re teasing us with it with the reason why Kaede is always the class rep. While I certainly appreciate loli Kaede and Yuzu, it’s her wanting to “protect Yuzu” from hurting herself that makes me go HMMMMM. From here it’s a mind game…are the writers screwing with us, or are they really foreshadowing the much vaunted C-couple? I hope it’s the latter, but I’m not putting money either way. My vision is too clouded. Kiss already dammit!!
Sidetail Yuu Is Alright Too
They kept kissing for a while! Not much to say other than how lusty they are. That plus how much I enjoyed sidetail Yuu and Haruka wearing Yuu’s hair accessory. Was it subtle? No. Was it yurilicious? Hells yes!
The Curse of Moving Too Fast
If I have any qualm about this episode, it’s that it appears to have cooled off. This is understandable – they have six more episodes to go and they’ve already run through most of the “big events” that such shows save up for, i.e. the kisses. It’s a bit of a cautionary tale, though. I’m a big fan of going fast, with Mirai Nikki being my ur-example, but that had a lot of plot to work with, whereas Sakura Trick does not. Should they have gone slower in the first few episodes, making them less outstanding but strengthening the latter offerings? I don’t know, but if they don’t turn the heat back up Sakura Trick lose the invulnerable aura it has had until now. It won’t be bad, just not as amazing as it was. It’ll be interesting to see whether they can pull that off.
Looking Ahead – Swimsuits!
Swimsuit episode next time. That is all. Woohoo!!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Lots of kissing from multiple yuri couples, but I’m still hoping for Yuzu x Kaede, for the yuri hat trick #桜Trick 06
- I…I don’t think Haruka knows how children work.
- Tomatsu Haruka can’t do a “Nishishi~!” properly.
- No Haruka, Yuzu is not confessing to you. She’s saving that for Kaede. I hope :X
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