「(躊躇（ためら）いの…筑紫島周遊（ツクシノシマ・トラベリング）) 」 (“Tamerai no… Tsukushino-shima Toraberingu”)
“Hesitant… Tsukushino Island Travelling”
After feeling like a rabbit that’s been taunted with a carrot that’s just barely out of its reach, the amount of happiness that this week’s episode brought is indescribable.
It’s official – like facebook official. They kissed <3.
After feeling a little shortchanged after the Christmas Special (well, depending who you were rooting for maybe you were okay), I’ve been eagerly waiting for the moment Rikka would break through that barrier holding her back from really expressing her feelings to Yuuta. Because once you look passed what the two have accomplished, there are some glaring flaws they haven’t addressed. One of the biggest being that they have some serious issues with handling their relationship around others which leads to them having trouble really expressing how they feel.
That is, until a certain school field trip managed to help them finally overcome whatever it was that was holding them back. While I originally thought that being thrust straight into a sea of their peers was going to set their relationship back a bit, it actually turned into a blessing in disguise. By somehow opening Rikka’s eyes and drowning out her embarrassment, it was able to help her come to terms with all those conflicting emotions she’s been harboring. Then again, I could be wrong and maybe all the she needed was the thrill of hiding from a teacher combined with the intense feelings of snuggling with Yuuta under the covers!
Dekomori and Kuzuha are the cutest kouhai ever. + Kumin-senpai
While they didn’t get that much screen time, how can we forget about the group holding down the fort back at home? Starting with Dekomori, I couldn’t help but giggle as I watched her fail to deal with all the free time she had just acquired. With no Nibutani to fight with, no Rikka to play with, and Kumin-senpai doing what she does best; how can you not feel bad for her?
In Kuzuha’s case, how can you not love an imouto who can handle just about everything? In addition to making meals and handling the household chores, she cares so much about her onii-chan that she’seven concerned with his relationship! And not in some “I’m going to break these two up” kind of way but more like the “I really want them to get their act together” kind. If you remember the short scene where she was discussing Yuuta’s relationship baggage, I kind of wish we could have been there as the trio tried to brainstorm theories behind Yuuta and Rika’s relationship. I can only imagine them concocting some sort of crazy plan to either bring them closer together or break them apart only to be dumbfounded later.
MVP and other random tidbits.
In my eyes though, Nibutani was definitely this week’s MVP. She was there to help Yuuta in his time of need (or rather help him, help Rikka) and got Rikka out of a pretty sticky situation. If anything, if Nibutani wasn’t there then that super cheesy yet cute kiss may have never happened!
Besides that, I’m at a loss for words. I don’t think we could have asked for a better time or way for Rikka to spring that surprise kiss on us. But if that’s any indication for what’s to come, I can’t wait to see what may be lurking for us around the bend. Because now that the whole “first kiss” nonsense is out of the way, I can only imagine just how deep down the rabbit hole we’ll end up going :3.
- Remember how the other girls were grilling Nibutani about her relationship stuff? Can you imagine if she really was crushing on Yuuta?! That’d be such an extreme love triangle (square if you include Sophia) that I can’t even begin to decide who I’d root for. *cough* Rikka *cough*