「ハンカチを楽しんでるのよ」 (Hankachi o Tanoshin Deru no yo)
“I’m Enjoying My Handkerchief”
Mikakunin de Shinkoukei has one last trick up its sleeve as we head into the final episode.
Benio – The Siscon, the Yandere
This episode was a good case study of when Benio is the funniest, and when she’s still funny but borderlines on something else. At the beginning of the episode I thought she was unabashedly funny – full siscon mode, nothing to taint it. She was acting like an overprotective father or older brother, and the fact that she’s an older sister just made her voice more pleasant to listen to (in my opinion).
Then there was later on, when she found out Kobeni was going out on a date (of sorts), and she said no. While not full yandere, she was pretty close, and while it was funny, it wouldn’t have been if Nadeshiko wasn’t there to haul Benio away. I almost feel like Nadeshiko needs to be around more often, because as long as there’s someone around to stop Benio’s rampages, she’s hilarious to see. When there’s even the slightest hint that her insanity will actually get in the way or really make someone uncomfortable, though, I get just a little on edge.
So what I’m trying to say is, moar Nadeshiko pureeze. It’s what the UMAs would want.
Niko-chan is On the Case!
I’m not sure where the whole Niko-chan angle is going. First she was after Kobeni, which served some purpose in relation to Suetsugi, but mostly its been a dead-end. Now she’s after the flying humanoid, and I don’t know where they can go with this, especially with only one more episode to go. It’s a side conflict, so they won’t be able to fully explore it, so why?
My only guess is that it allowed Mashiro to mention how, if others find out about their secret, they won’t be able to live around there anymore. It seems like they were summoned home because of the scar thing, but maybe it was this as well / instead? Another data point: after hearing that, I found it somewhat suspicious that Kobeni comforted Mashiro on her grades by mentioning that she should be in elementary school. Why say that out loud instead of a mental tsukkomi? Maybe I’m looking too far into it, but that may come back up.
A Date…With a Child Along
You let White Day pass, Hakuya? YOU FAILURE! You fail as a man! *clears throat* Recriminations aside, I was excited when the idea of a date was brought up (thanks, Suetsugi!), but when Mashiro was convinced to come along…in one way, it shows Kobeni’s kindness, and it shows that Hakuya understands her kindness as well. It also gave a chance for a nice father-mother-daughter (looking) outing, which was nice and heartwarming. Of course, I’m all jealous and wanted a lovey-dovey Hakuya x Kobeni daito, but it’s really too soon for them to do that. Maybe soon, though…
The Scar-y Truth
So it comes out that Hakuya’s bangs aren’t just a stylistic choice, but covering up a scar that he got, despite his and Mashiro’s repeated denials – “I can not speak Japanese” + “That’s right! Hakuya is a klutz!”, HAH! – when he saved Kobeni way back when. Coming from an American sensibility, my first reaction is “Big deal” – I mean, it sucks, but nothing to get bent out of shape over – but when one approaches it from a Japanese point of view, it makes more sense. As with before, Kobeni is feeling guilt over what she perceives to be her fault, which I gather is sort of a bigger deal for the Japanese. As with previous situations, this is something Kobeni would get over in time…but it looks like they may not have any more time at all.
Looking Ahead – They’re Gone!?
In all seriousness, Hakuya and Mashiro aren’t gone forever. Turn your head to the side if you don’t want my guess, but here it is: the edible plants. “I’d like to try cooking with them sometime.” I’m no relationship expert, but I know that when my girlfriend says something like that, I write it the hell down and make it happen! Hakuya might be a bit green behind the ears, but Mashiro clearly noticed. It may be that they’ve been ordered home – they did leave abruptly – but I don’t think Hakuya can be held away from Kobeni for long. They’ll be back with present in hand.
But that’s not the point of their disappearing act. Whether on their family’s orders or because they just weren’t being appropriately considerate, their sudden disappearance is going to cause Kobeni to examine her feelings again, and that’s wonderful. We have one more episode to go, and I’m looking for Kobeni to go full-on deredere and admit she likes Hakuya for at least a minute. Give me this much, Dogakobo! I need it!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Kobeni & Hakuya go on a daito (with a child), but the wind reveals one more secret that Hakuya didn’t want to get out #mikakunin 11
- There was something nice about how Kobeni and Hakuya walked in silence for a while there. It was very natural for them, and didn’t feel rushed.
- Yes Kobeni, that’s how Mashiro sees Benio. I do not blame her.
- “You’re No. 1 to me, Kobeni.” Well played, Hakuya!
- A tsundere alien? Thank you, anime. You really can make anyone and anything tsundere.
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