「新しい友達。」 (Atarashi Tomodachi)
It’s been quite a while since a new character like Saki has appeared and instantly turned me into a fan.
It’s like the universe was listening to my dissatisfaction with last week’s episode and decided to throw me a bone! Sure Saki may not be the “hyper” character that the preview painted her as but her introduction and what she was able to do is definitely a huge milestone for the show.
I personally think that Fujimiya’s rule of being a bitch in class is pretty stupid. I’ve already gone on and on about how it’s ruined her image and probably made things worse than they needed to be but every time I talk about it I somehow come to the conclusion that it’s probably less painful for her that way. Throw in how Hase seems to share the same sentiments and you have this awkward situation that puts everyone in a lose-lose situation. Then comes Saki, a girl who somehow managed to do something in one episode that I thought would take the entire season to do. Effectively refuting all of Fujimiya’s points without saying a single word, she managed to put to rest Fujimiya’s silly “rule” while simultaneously fixing up her public image. And all it took was some persistence and a crepe!
In all honesty though, I think it’s great we finally have a second girl in our main cast. Besides opening the other half of the world for Fujimiya (girls hanging out with girls is totally different than girls hanging out with guys) her slightly air-headed personality provides her a legitimate reason to push forward while facing uncertainty straight in the face! That and it also makes her look super cute too, haha.
Hase is slowly growing too!
After last week’s disaster, I’m happy to see that everyone’s grown a bit. In Hase’s case, I was extremely pleased to see that he didn’t turn into a sulking mess as Saki entered the picture. Not only because it would be a thousand steps in the wrong direction but I just hate it when people are stuck wallowing around in their sorrows and refuse to do something about it. (Disclaimer: I am also guilty of doing this when it was related to my crush so I can totally understand.) Anyways, I’m pleased to see that even with his insecurity showing he’s able to keep his cool and see all the positives that Saki brings.
I AM SO EXCITED FOR NEXT WEEK’S EPISODE. With the title double confirming that our next destination will be Fujimiya’s house, I can’t wait to see what happens between Hase and Fujimiya’s mom. Hopefully it’ll answer some of the questions that each episode has brought up? Like, does her mom know about all of this!? If not, it looks like Saki and Shougo are going to interact a bit!