「雪の日と思い出と衝撃／体育倉庫でお約束／笑って♡理奈ちゃん」 (Yuki no hi to Omoide to Shougeki/ Taiiku Souko de o Yakusoku/ Emi tte ♡ Rina-chan)
“A Snowy Day, Memories, and a Shock / A Promise in the Gymnastics Storage / Smile ♡ Rina-chan!”
A kiss in the snow, a kiss on the ladder. In any other show those would be the highlights of the episode, but it’s what Kaede said that gave me a real shock.
A Snowy Winter Day
The first half of this episode was beautiful. Director Ishikura and his team at Studio Deen really poured all their skill into making the snow and the girls in it a treat to see. Every snowflake looked unique, and the extra blush of the girl’s faces, reddened by the cold winter air… I’m not usually one to talk excessively about the art, but here the beauty lent itself to the beauty inherent in the scene, and it built up that atmosphere well.
Beautiful Yuri, Tragic Yuri
I like how Sakura Trick gives us different kinds of yuri, but I keep forgetting that Kotone and Shizuku’s flavor is tragic yuri. With Kotone engaged to be married, their relationship must eventually come to an end as things stand now. This too served to build the atmosphere, lending an air of transient beauty to the friends playing in the snow. Haruka is like Kotone, wanting to burn dear moments into her memory before the clock on their time runs out. Love is worth having because it is rare, precious, and because it can be lost, but I feel for them having that choice out of their grasp. For now.
Haruka x Yuu is Out!?
The big shocker of the episode was Kaede’s conversation with Mitsuki. I didn’t realize that Kaede would be taking over as the next seitokaichou, but then she just calmly says to Mitsuki: “Haruka and Yuu are dating, aren’t they?” Whoa, what!? I mean, obviously they are, but I didn’t expect someone to just say it like that! What a great moment. This is the kind of development I’ve been wanting to see!
Kaede Suspects, Mitsuki Denies
Of course, Mitsuki doesn’t believe it. The real question is, does she not believe it because they’re both girls (like that matters, Mitsuki. Also you know you’re gay for Haruka too) or because she doesn’t want to believe it. Probably it’s a combination of the latter + shock when the idea was presented to her – I doubt she’s ever sat down and seriously considered it – causing her to default to the commonly accepted societal answer.
Kaede isn’t buying it though. I liked how they showed her distraction, only for Kaede to cover it up with another gag at Haruka’s expense. She really does have a strong poker face…and with how she noticed that Mitsuki was only talking about Haruka, she may be figuring out the other side of that love equation too. Now that would show some serious perception on her part.
A Kiss on the Ladder with their Friends Below
It really is only a matter of time before Haruka & Yuu get outed, even without someone as perceptive as Kaede in the cast. (Though with how gay Haruka & Yuu act, I don’t think that’s required. Yuzu-chan just doesn’t appear to have a functioning gaydar at all.) The JHSG bits, Haruka failing at jump rope, and all those things were good, but it was their daring kiss on the ladder and Kaede’s suspicions that made it for me. It’s only a matter of time, girls!
Looking Ahead – Sumisumi, & the Truth
After this episode, I’m gunning for some kind of resolution, revelation, or further advancement in Yuu x Haruka (x Mitsuki!) possibly coming out into the open. This is barely hidden yuri, but imagine the fun of OPEN YURI!! (Which would make them open perverts, and thus make Naotsugu proud.) Instead we’re getting a little Sumisumi to go along with the Rina-chan we got this week. I’m sure it will be funny, but this late in the game I’m not interested in other characters. Hopefully the second half of next week’s episode will fulfill all the hopes and dreams this one brought up.
Note: I’ll be out of town next weekend, so expect the episode 11 post next Sunday or Monday. Thank you for your understanding.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – A kiss in the snow, a kiss on the ladder, & the yuri might be coming out of the closet? Oh my! #桜Trick 10
- Yuu is like the snowball version of a redshirt. They can’t not hit her…except for Shizuku-chan.
- All the lesbians love petting Shizuku-chan.
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