Let’s not beat around the bush–I’ve officially picked up this show. It has sparked life back into my weary soul, while simultaneously making me sad that my high school life isn’t like that. Oh yes, many other shows have elicited the same reaction from me in the past, much in the same manner, yet the formula never seems to get too old. With this episode, Kawaisou has definitely shown that it can have drama and character development on top of being downright hilarious. With the last item checked off on my checklist, I can safely say that this is going to be an enjoyable series to cover.
I think one of the most important strengths that Kawaisou has is the balanced and interwoven interactions between all the characters. Just take this episode for instance. Sayaka plays a subtly important role in leading Usa to be an unintentionally creepy character. Even though her time on-screen is limited, the effects of her actions last episode were obvious to see. Mayumi plays a great role in bringing Usa back into reality, all while mocking him for his youth–a suitable blend for her character. Even Shirosaki has provided some interesting character interactions this episode by both bringing out the truth from Kawai while also elevating Usa’s paranoia (temporarily). All of the side characters are well integrated into the flow of the story, all without seeming like they’re hogging screentime away from other characters. To top it all off, the characters are in themselves very likeable and enjoyable to watch–it’s hard to not at least smile whenever these characters are bickering or playing around on-screen.
Let’s not forget about Kawai and Usa either, our two main stars, both of which are doing wonderful jobs in their roles, though in significantly different ways. First, let’s quickly address Ritsu.
Ritsu’s character exposition was quite significant this episode. Her words are very genuine and a lot of her own exposition rings true for many people, introverts especially. It especially hit home for me when Ritsu mentioned that she didn’t want people to perceive her solitary and quiet nature as a problem–in our world which is increasingly extrovert-focused, it is saddening to think of living a solitary life is considered an abnormality rather than one normal way to live. Many other things that Ritsu pointed out also rung true, especially considering the small-talk of others. It’s much like the casual exchanging of Facebook friends, or even the casual departing phrase of, “see you around!” It’s perhaps implicitly understood that most of these phrases are to be taken as polite gestures that don’t mean what they state, but all the same it’s false language that could be interpreted as a sense of falsity. That’s why I love Ritsu so much right now–she actually has a higher perception about the people around her than people give credit for. Her sensitivity for those around her is remarkable and refreshing to see in a main female lead, to be used on a male lead no doubt. The fact that she explicitly acknowledged Usa’s thought processes correctly was refreshing to see, in contrast to the main leads that often are unable to read the most obvious of hints.
Speaking of those who can’t read the most obvious of hints, there’s Usa.
Now, understandably some of you may not like Usa as a character at all due to his beta nature and stalkerish attitudes. Completely justified. Such opinions are well grounded and I don’t intend to make Usa to be seen otherwise. However, I do propose that while Ritsu definitely gained exposition this episode, it was Usa who showed the most growth as a character. Oh yes, his attitudes towards the beginning of this episode are clearly out of line, but it’s hard to completely blame him considering his situation. It’s high school, meaning the hormones are raging, the innocence is abound, and clearly his thought processes were clouded by Sayaka. However, we do see Usa recover from his obvious blunders towards the end, though not completely. He still hovers around Ritsu like a fly, but at least now he isn’t trying to force himself onto her mental space.
This leaves us with a feeling of growth from Usa, yet leaving enough room for us to see more potential character growth moments from him in future episodes. It’s a smart move really, while also reflecting a more realistic approach to character development. Rarely does one learn from a mistake in one day–it takes practice and time to let the lesson really sink in. Thus, while Usa may not be perfect by the end, he’s definitely growing and has ambition to grow even further.
With all that has been said, alongside the music, the comedic timing, and the loveable characters, I definitely do want to continue blogging this show going forward and I hope you guys continue with me on that journey. It’s understandable if Kawaisou doesn’t provide the change you need, nor the strong male lead that’s not a creep, because this definitely can be a turn-off for many people. However, if one can accept those facts and take in the good things that Kawaisou has to offer, the show can become a pleasant journey of dormitory awkwardness and friendship.