「真夏の夜の・・・雨と鞭 (Gauntlet of rain)」 (Manatsu no Yoru… Ame to Muchi (Gauntlet of rain))
“A Midsummer Night’s… Rain and Whip (Gauntlet of Rain)”
After kind of going through the same thing Sophia did (albeit with a little less chuunibyou involved), this episode did a critical hit on my heart.
Sophia, Chuunibyou, and Love
I feel so bad for Sophia that I’m not 100% sure how to put those feelings into words. While I don’t really want to go into detail about my own personal and screwed up love life, here’s what I can say. Once you experience an unrequited love and all the heartache that comes along with it, watching others go through the same thing hurts almost as bad. And the thing is, Kyoani did a great job at showing us just how difficult of a time Sophia was having. Reminiscing about the feelings she once shared with Yuuta and hiding in the shadows as the heartache got worse, you could almost feel the turmoil her heart was going through.
But no, Kyoani wasn’t done with us yet. After making us endure all the pain with Sophia, I thought she was going to be rewarded with a bittersweet victory right at the end for holding in all the pain and doing the right thing. Sure a victory like that basically teaches you not to pass on opportunities when they’re right in front of you, but it would still have been something! Instead, we have to watch Sophia completely breakdown because Yuuta is just too damn nice and thoughtful. I don’t know about you but I was really starting to feel it right as the waterworks started flowing ):
Yuuta deserves a shout out
I just want to quickly say that Yuuta deserves the best boyfriend of the season award. He’s made mistakes like everyone else but instead of wallowing around and waiting for someone to pick him up, he’s moving forward and learning on the fly. He’s grown as a boyfriend and understands the weaknesses in his relationship. And most importantly his eyes are focused solely on the most important thing in his relationship — Rikka.
Nibutani is just awesome and Looking Ahead
Even though she’s merely a side character at the moment, I love every second she’s on screen. Besides looking fabulous in every single outfit she wears, you have to love how she’s been playing wing-man for basically everyone in the show. First it was Rikka, then Yuuta, and now she’s even helping Sophia try to deal with her emotions. And even though Sophia only has a few options to pick from, you have to love how Nibutani gave her the cold hard truth that trying to ignore things isn’t going to be easy. Because if there was a correct answer for what’s going on, being honest to yourself is definitely the way to go.
At this point, I can’t wait to see what happens. I don’t think Yuuta knows exactly what’s going on but with that kind of look on his face it’s clear he knows something isn’t right. While it remains to be seen whether or not Sophia will actually reveal her true feelings for him, I can only imagine just how bad the group dynamic would become should that happen. But alas, we’ll have to wait until next week to see just where all this pent up feelings will lead to.
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