「友達の友達。」 (Tomodachi no Tomodachi)
“A Friend’s Friend”
I’ll be super honest, this week’s episode left me scratching my head. While I sort of understand what the writers were aiming for, it’s starting to drive me crazy that what I read from the source material is starting to quickly unravel as Brain’s Base unleashes their creative freedom.
Why I try to avoid the Source Material
The creation of expectations that aren’t met are almost as bad as stepping on a stray lego piece at night when you’re trying to navigate back to your room through pitch black darkness after nearly missing the toilet only seconds earlier because you were being too lazy to flip on the lights.
Seriously though, it baffles my mind how die-hard manga fans can stand watching their beloved characters and story go through the “creative” hands of whatever studio happens to get rights to it. For me, this week’s episode had me loving and hating it at the same time. While I did enjoy watching Fujimiya grow as a person as well as Shogo finally getting more than just one or two lines of dialogue, I didn’t enjoy how the show tried to introduce conflict just for the sake of creating conflict. Don’t get me wrong , I loved how it all began with Shogo revealing his legitimate skepticism right off the bat — who wouldn’t be a little suspicious when some strange girl claims to have selective amnesia? But the way they timed Fujimiya finally remembering something and the revelation she can actually remember non-friends just felt all wrong. Maybe it was because how it was executed or maybe it was just too much at one time — all I know is that I wanted to get hit with the wave of feels the exact scene in the manga brought and I never got it.
The Little Things
While I may have been a bit harsh in the previous paragraph, there were a lot of nice things sprinkled throughout the episode that helped emphasize certain points without explicitly saying it. Starting with the huge revelation that Fujimiya was able to recall her memories of Shogo, I have this odd feeling that it isn’t necessarily friends she can’t remember. If anything, maybe it’s anyone besides her family who she becomes emotionally invested in? But if that was the case, it brings up some scary questions. Questions like why doesn’t she at least attempt to manage her public image if she’s able to remember all the hurtful things people say to her? Or maybe it also works in reverse and she can’t remember those bitches in her class (that actually sounds pretty useful)?
Whatever the case may be, all I can say for sure is that I wouldn’t want to be in Fujimiya’s shoes. While I realized just how painful it must be to know you’re about to forget all the fun and happy things you experienced, it didn’t occur to me how the bad things would be just as impactful as the good. Because if selective memory loss wasn’t bad enough, I don’t know how I would deal with the idea that any unresolved conflicts would go unresolved forever. Can you imagine getting into a fight with your best friend and never giving them the opportunity to move on as you keep looking forward without even a second glance?
With things starting to ramp up and conflict starting to show its ugly face, it looks like we’re in for a pretty somber episode next week. Hopefully that conflict doesn’t get awkwardly resolved and we get some of feels I’ve come to expect from this show!