「友達とのけんか。」 (Tomodachito no Kenka.)
“Fighting With Friends.”
It was only a matter of time but it seems that reality has finally hit our beloved characters. But when I say hit, I mean it in the nicest way possible. Because as much as I would love for the entire season to be full of sunshine and rainbows, it’s never bad to recognize those road bumps that life tends to throw at us at all the wrong times.
I think I saw a little of it leaking out during the end of last week’s episode but this week brought out a side of Hase that we’ve never seen before. Instead of the well-mannered and relatively cool-headed guy we’ve grown accustomed to, out bursts an insecure kid whose hot head and loud mouth ended up getting him into trouble.
But as much as I want to criticize Hase for losing his head when things got tough, I just can’t. Emotions are a delicate thing and when you really have strong feelings for someone, just about anything can throw you off of your game. But even if you look passed something as abstract as emotions, there’s was another gigantic issue at hand — Shougo.
Can you imagine how hard it must be to think that your best friend, the one who’s been giving you advice and guiding you through all the hard times, might be trying to steal away the girl you’ve developed feelings for? On purpose or not, I would have a tough time if I were Hase trying to stomach that Fujimiya could remember her interactions with Shougo and not me. Throw in how Shougo seems to have all the answers that Hase doesn’t and it becomes pretty easy to see how Hase ended up in such a bad spot.
That said, I do think that Hase is pretty hotheaded and impatient when push comes to shove. Instead of taking the time to think things through, he’s taking the shonen path of leaping straight into action without putting the slightest thought behind what he should do. Luckily, it seems that Isshuukan Friends hasn’t lost sight of reality and took the time to remind Hase that not every problem can be solved that way.
Shougo — This Week’s MVP
Again, Shougo ends up being the single most important person throughout the episode. From counseling Hase when he was at his lowest to jogging Fujimiya’s memory with some well phrased hints, he’s the man behind the scenes that keeps everything running like a fairly well oiled machine.
So even though I’m sure I’ll be writing a more paragraphs like this one before the season is over, I just have to give credit to Shougo for being so freaking awesome. Unlike a lot of other romance-esque slice-of-lifes, I love how the little things don’t blow up into huge messes — something that I believe gives this show the potential to create something so big that it’ll unleash some truly powerful emotions from all of us. All of which wouldn’t be possible without the amazing Shougo.
With a new character about to appear and the knowledge that Brian’s Base can handle both the lighter and darker side of things, I can’t wait to see what’s waiting for us down the road. Seeing how this new character seems to be a bit on the hyper side, I’m expecting that the story will take a turn and start going down the happy-go-lucky side of things. Or maybe it’s all a trap and we’re going to get hit with a wave of feels?!
Till next week!
- While I wouldn’t consider this a super emotional episode, I can’t help but getting a little teary every time I see these three screencaps.
- Fujimiya needs to invest in stronger scotch tape. Seriously q.q
- I think the music in this show is freaking amazing. I want that OST now.