「デレ期という単語を調べたら」 (Dere-ki to iu Tango o Shirabetara)
“I Looked Up the Term “Time of Dere”
Kobeni isn’t head-over-heels yet, but they’re moving towards it. Fight on, Hakuya! And Suetsugi too, in a different way.
Kobeni is Still Tsundere About Hakuya
I thought last week ushered us into full on lovey-dovey mode, but this week Kobeni backtracked and didn’t admit to liking Hakuya. Not minding being engaged to him, yes, but nothing about him in particular. We’re once again getting signs of story stretch here, like they should have kept moving forward but decided to stall, and yet with the time period involved here this is still understandable. Not like Kobeni is the type to fall head-over-heels in love quickly, right? She’s no Suetsugi. It’s like with Sakura Trick – a blazing start gives way to an end game that is still good, just doesn’t quite match what came before it. Not a big deal, but it’s worth mentioning.
Hakuya’s Taciturn Moe
It’s an accomplishment making a character who speaks very little actually be kind of moe. No, wait, that’s not right–if it was a girl then this would be par for the course. But for a guy like Hakuya? Well played, all. Early on Hakuya’s reactions were actually my favorite part of the episode, and they stayed strong throughout. And that attempted tsukkomi? Way to go, Hakuya! He’s really growing up *tears*
The Melancholy of Suetsugi Konoha
I very much enjoyed the conflicted, forlorn feelings Suetsugi displayed over losing the fight for Hakuya before she even entered the ring. Hers are still selfish reasons, she’s not thinking of Hakuya or any happiness they could potentially have together, but I can certainly relate to the feeling of realizing you’ve lost a battle before it even began. (Bonus: I’ve been catching up on the Hayate no Gotoku manga, which has been delving into this theme as well.) They did belabor her worries about giving Niko-chan the Kobeni-is-good-at-cooking tip for a while, though. What’s the big deal? Even Kobeni didn’t seem to care. You can relax now, Suetsugi.
One Of Us (Sort Of)
Last episode I said:
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.
It looks like Kobeni didn’t catch that, because it did indeed come back up. This episode Kobeni once again proves herself to be smarter than the average fictional character by just asking someone whether Suetsugi likes Hakuya. Mashiro’s answer: No, and you’re also sort of one of us. I think Mashiro or someone mentioned that previously when Kobeni wasn’t around, so that was no surprise, but Kobeni wondering if she has some kind of mysterious power…I bet that comes up again later on. That reeks of foreshadowing, in all the best ways.
Benio is the Monster Here
Seriously Benio, chill out! Even she admits that she’s just rampaging around without purpose, because she still won’t completely reject the engagement since Hakuya saved Kobeni’s life, but damn this girl is crazy. The best was the jump from the second floor window. Benio is a monster! Though maybe not as much as Kobeni when she gets mad. Apparently twintails can double as horns? Who knew.
The whole matching outfits thing was funny, if only because it’s usually the girl who wants to match while the guy rejects it, at least in popular imagination (and also, in Stilts’ life). And while I’ll admit that the Super Scarf Rabu Rangers were pretty awesome, I liked the result we got. Matching handkerchiefs are a small thing, but Kobeni gave them to all of them, which really tells the story. Maybe Kobeni isn’t ready for love yet (maybe!), but she knows how to treat her friends and family. D’aaawww!
You’re getting scamming on all those Nessie–erh, not-Nessies, Mashiro. But I want a Kobennie. I’ll take three!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The love sprint stalls as Kobeni decides how she feels, with some melancholy Suetsugi & friendship d’aaawww along the way #mikakunin 10
- Both Mashiro and Suetsugi thought of the same weird thing? I get the feeling they could really be friends if they had gotten off to a better start. Benio ruins everything.
- No Hakuya, Kobeni is not your waifu. She’s my waifu! …I wish. Okay okay, she’s your waifu I guess 🙁
- I think Mashiro & Mayura are having more fun with this than Kobeni & Hakuya are.
- Taking bets on what Kobeni’s mysterious power will be. My guess is that it all went to her breasts and hips. They’re magical!
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