「くつじょくです、はずかしめをうけました」 (Kutsuji Yokudesu, Hazukashime o Ukemashita)
“How Humiliating, I’m So Embarrassed”
Thank you Suetsugi! Thanks to you we have entered the lovey-dovey phase, and the lovey-dovey phase is the best phase of them all.
Clumsy On Command
I don’t criticize this show a lot because I haven’t seen a lot of things I felt deserved criticism, but here’s one: When Kobeni tripped out into the open at the beginning, I facepalmed a bit. I get that she was really surprised, but it felt like they were trying to splice dojikko into her character without it really working. Kobeni is just way too competent the rest of the time, so while her being flustered about love totally works, the tripping thing strained a bit. It’s a relatively minor complaint, but I thought I’d get it out there so no one can accuse me of being totally biased about this show. Just mostly biased.
Misunderstandings are delicate things; they’re staple comedic tools, but they can turn sour in a hurry. So far, Mikakunin de Shinkoukei has handled them well, and they were handled fairly well this episode as well. The misunderstandings were rampant – Suetsugi didn’t know Hakuya and Kobeni were engaged, then she thought it was an unwilling arranged marriage (and was half right), Kobeni thought Suetsugi actually liked Hakuya, Benio thought Mashiro actually liked her…
To be honest, the whole thing felt less clean than previous situations, where the misunderstanding was thrown out there, we had fun with it for a while, and then it was disposed of (Ex: the Valentine’s episode). These lingered, and some haven’t even been fully expunged yet. I think this is a sign that this is the point in the source material where the original author began trying to stretch this out a little bit, but with misunderstandings still being dealt with at a decent pace, I really can’t complain.
This episode was all about Kobeni x Hakuya, courtesy of Suetsugi’s meddling and Niko’s hounding. First was shocked Kobeni. Hakuya once again proved himself a good guy by vehemently denying that he and Kobeni were dating since he was trying to maintain the secret like she asked. There was no misunderstanding here (thankfully), but that twinge was enough to set the rest into motion.
Then Suetsugi picked at the scab. She was right, of course – if Kobeni really didn’t want to be engaged to Hakuya, it would be unfair of her to string him along. If that were the case that is, and it’s clearly not, not anymore. Personally, I’m not a fan of arranged marriages – I think we should all have an opportunity to figure out who we love on our own. Yet sometimes these things just work out, and both Hakuya and Kobeni have been given the choice of breaking it off if they want to. If it works, it works, right? And these two work, as Kobeni has finally realized.
This ushered in the best part of the episode: The lovey-dovey phase! I would scold Mashiro for outing Kobeni’s love for Hakuya for her, but when it leads to lightly tsundere blushing Kobeni, all is well! The lovey-dovey phase is what I’ve been looking forward to this whole time, so BRING ON THE HNGS~!
No Means No, Benio!
The other big misunderstanding of the episode was Benio thinking that Mashiro actually likes her, in face of all the evidence to the contrary. Benio’s reality distortion field is powerful enough for her to assemble a cult, so it should be no surprise, but I still had to laugh when I realized how dense she truly is! Bonus points for her proposing to Mashiro. They could get hitched at the same time as their siblings! (Never going to happen. From their side, I mean)
But Mashiro really screwed up. Now she gave Benio an actual reason to believe Mashiro likes her! That adds some nice flavor to the old jokes, just like Kobeni unwittingly wounding Benio has been livening up their interactions for the past two episodes. Keep it coming, Dogakobo. You’re doing great.
Looking Ahead – Benio Declares War
With Kobeni and Hakuya officially entering the lovey-dovey phase, I expected more lovey-dovey moments like what the upcoming White Day promises to give us, but the real surprise was that Benio has declared war. I guess I always assumed she would remain largely civil because she felt like she didn’t have a choice, but now that Kobeni is returning Hakuya’s feelings, it appears she’s out to expunge him for good. Between her looking like she was going to execute Suetsugi for making Kobeni cry (nice save, Kobeni!) and this, Benio is turning into one scary high school girl. Not that she wasn’t always scary. Stalker, molester, cult leader… No means no, Benio!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Suetsugi pokes at Kobeni long enough to make her realize her feelings for Hakuya. Lovey-dovey time is here! #mikakunin 09
- Loved Mashiro taunting Suetsugi. It’s nice to see her butt heads with someone who actually listens somewhat. Mashiro vs Benio really just isn’t fair.
- Mashiro-tan x Suetsugi? I’m in.
- Niko-chan sure knows how to cheer up her friend.
- It felt a bit odd that Kobeni learned in passing why Suetsugi proposed to Hakuya, but she didn’t react to it. I wonder if that’ll come back up later on.
- I can totally believe that both Benio and Hakuya believed Kobeni’s “There was something in my eye” lie. I wonder if dealing with Benio for so long will make it easier for Kobeni to deal with Hakuya’s protective tendencies?
- Happy Hakuya is moe. Nom nom nom~
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