「桜色のウエディング／桜色なクリスマス」 (Sakurairo no Uedingu / Sakurairona Kurisumasu)
“Sakura-colored Wedding / Sakura-colored Christmas”
Sakura Trick is at its bets when there’s progress in one of the couples, and we got plenty of that this week. How adorable!
They’re Practically Married Now!
The whole Yuu-thinking-she-and-Haruka-were-the-ones-getting-married bit was silly, yes – silly in that Yuu was being silly to think Haruka would propose in such a blase way – but it worked well because it brought Yuu’s feelings to the fore. She accepted Haruka’s proposal, and then was jealous when she thought Haruka didn’t want to marry her!! I mean, these two are practically married already, or are destined to be, but hearing them actually out and say as much, and admit that they want to be together forever…HNNNNNGGG!!!
Even Sweeter When Not Kissing
Sakura Trick has staked its reputation on the yuri kiss. That’s its selling point – if you want to see girls kiss, watch Sakura Trick. (And if you don’t want girls to kiss, you’re a monster and therefore your opinion doesn’t matter, but you also shouldn’t watch Sakura Trick.) The thing is, as with full-on ecchi series, sometimes it’s what you imply that is better than what you show, and sometimes it’s the feelings that matter more than the actions they take.
The kisses during the first half of the episode were great, don’t get me wrong. Yet somehow, them enjoying the wedding together and then spending time together outside were just as sweet, if not more. And when Yuu cuddled up to Haruka…oh my! Sometimes, something as simple as holding hands is as sweet, if not more, than a delicious yuri kiss.
Progress Is Everything
Sakura Trick is at its best when there is progress in the relationships between its characters. Some shows can tolerate the status quo better, but that’s because they’ve indulged in the status quo for so long that we’re used to it; with Sakura Trick, we got used to rapid developments from the get-go, so everything else seems wanting. This episode, we were back to seeing progress, and in the main couple no less.
The first half was great, with their vow and everything, but the second half, with their nervousness and confusion around one another, made them seem less lusty and more loving. That more directly hints at the feelings they hold for one another, not just their desire to kiss a cute girl (though I wouldn’t blame them if that was their main intent). It reminded me of relationships in the past, when I got the most nervous around the women I cared about the most. It was very sweet to see them do the same.
Guy Onee-chan Mitsuki
Mitsuki deserves all the props for, even though she clearly likes Haruka and is becoming increasingly aware of this fact, helping Yuu and Haruka with their “fight” anyway. Her advice even came in handy in the end! I very much enjoyed how awkward she was at going about dealing with Yuu and Haruka’s awkwardness, though. Really, Mitsuki-kaichou is just too adorable. If you’re not going to take her Haruka, I will, ’cause she’s exactly the kind of onee-chan I want. No–the kind of waifu I want! Mitsuki-kaichou is love <3
Looking Ahead – More Kissing?!
The kiss at the end of the episode was sweet, to be sure – and it was so out in the open too! But what really captured my attention was the kiss in the preview. Is that Mitsuki-kaichou kissing Haruka!? I’m looking for more progress, all the way to the end of the series if possible, and Mitsuki-kaichou kissing Haruka would be delicious progress indeed. More kissing please!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Yuu & Haruka exchange vows, & then get all nervous around their beloved. This yuri is so adorable! #桜Trick 08
- “So a girl would be fine.” Haruka, you are so gay! Well done.
- “I don’t think it’s that far away.” This dangerous girl!
- Who gets naked and then decides what to wear? Not that I’m complaining. And Mitsuki-kaichou did it too, nyahaha!
- Mitsuki is even cute with a mustache.
- I enjoyed the special ED sung by Mitsuki-kaichou and her friends. It also gave us further reason to think that Yuzu-chan might be the only straight girl in the cast. Maybe. Except maybe the character’s moms, though if Witch Craft Works is any indication…
- Super special hyper thanks to Zanibas for providing the screencaps for this episode. I only had about an hour to spare while my guests were taking a nap, so if it weren’t for Zani this post wouldn’t have come out this week. You rock, Zanichhi!
Check out my blog about storytelling and the fantasy novel I’m writing at stiltsoutloud.com. The last four posts: Critical flaw, Sometimes, the fluff is everything, Mental domination, and I never get to read my own work.
ED2: 「Sweet Kiss」 by SAKURA*TRICK