「友達なんかいないって」 (Tomodachi Nanka Inaitte)
“Don’t Have Any Friends”
There is something hilarious about seeing
Sayaka Nabe-chan on the losing end of the battle for once. For her to finally get her battle scars of embarrassment feels satisfying, both for us watching and of course, Usa and the ever-suffering Mayumi. Eventually, she too would have to go through the rite of embarrassing passage in the show. What better debut though to make this embarrassment than her best friend Tsuneda!
Of all the main characters in the show, Sayaka wasn’t the most interesting or engaging of them. She has a sharp tongue and amazing makeup abilities, yet she didn’t have much weakness for the rest of the cast to poke fun at. Now that her armor has been pierced though, boy is it both hilarious and healthy for her character development. Many things about Sayaka actually get explained thanks to this episode–the quick ability to kill bugs, her above average strength, and her insistence on putting on makeup were all by-products of her countryside tomboy experience. It all pieces together now and I appreciate the work that went into making Sayaka’s character as a result. Although people are saying that Sayaka’s past doesn’t get much screentime other than this, I’m secretly hoping some future chapters will expose more of Sayaka’s past nature. Who doesn’t want to see a tomboy kick butt and read yaoi on the side?
As for the second half of the episode, it was a grim reminder that the show is coming to a close. It felt a bit rushed, but this seems like the proper setup to contrast the ‘let her come’ approach Ritsu has at Kawaisou as opposed to the more straightforward inviting nature of her new buddies. There’s nothing wrong with dragging your friends to go out, but when it starts cutting into their lives, there’s something wrong going on. If done properly, we could see a nice message about introverts and socializing–it’s not that all introverts are unsociable, but that they need more space and time away than an extroverted crowd. That’s why Ritsu was more than happy to socialize with other bookworms like herself, but not in an extroverted or continuous environment as she’s gotten herself into. Next episode will bring in Usa and friends to save Ritsu from some awkward flirting moments as usual, but I’m anticipating they won’t leave us completely hanging and leave us with some thanks from our lead heroine. Heaven knows Usa deserves some despite his stalking nature.
It’ll be hard to write the finale post, as with every finale beforehand, but it’ll be bittersweet to say goodbye to this show. It’s been awhile since a romantic comedy made me laugh out loud, so I appreciate the show for being funny and adorable at the same time. See you guys next week!