This has been the first episode that genuinely got my attention and had me cheering for more.
Side Characters > Main Characters
I’ve been seeing it a lot in the comments recently and maybe I’ve been subconsciously thinking it, but I have come to the proper realization that I like the side characters a whole ton more than the “main” duo. Using this week’s episode as a prime example, I absolutely loved how both Yuki and Yanagi stopped putting up with Kakeru’s bullshit. As the new kid who’s name apparently holds some clout in the community, you’d expect he’d put some effort into being a somewhat likable person. But from the moment we met him, he’s been nothing but a complete bundle of headaches. Which is why it just felt so good to see him get a nice right jab from Yuki and an epic slap to the face from Yanagi to teach him what’s what.
But it wasn’t just Yuki and Yanagi stealing all the attention this week — the writers left just enough time for Hiro and Sachi to strut their stuff. While it remains to be seen whether or not Hiro has any chance at getting together with the nearly bedridden Sachi, you can bet I’ll keep rooting for the guy who clumsily tries his best to make the girl of his dreams as happy as possible. Because sometimes it isn’t the perfect guy you want but rather the guy who’ll do whatever he can for your sake.
Now don’t get me wrong, Kakeru and Touko have their redeeming points and toward the end of the episode things finally began to get interesting between the two. That said, it’s going to take some really fancy writing and directing to turn my opinion about them around. Because there has to be something a bit off when I find the relationship between a character’s parents more interesting than their own.
Looking Into The Future, Literally
While I’m still not sure how I feel about the use of seeing into the future and its effects on the show thus far, I was totally in love with what Touko’s mom said about the ability to do so. Yes there are a truck full of reasons why being able to see into the future can be a horrible thing but I think this is the first time I’ve heard such a optimistic one. Thinking about how crazy it would be to experience all the amazing things in life more than once started to make me wonder about whether or not you could really have a second first-time experience. And while I didn’t put too much thought into it because I didn’t feel like frying my brain, I’m pretty sure it’s possible because what will happen may not exactly match what you’ve seen. It’s like getting to have your cake and eat it, twice!
Seriously though, all I’m hoping for is that somehow P.A. Works continues doing whatever they did this week. While it’s far from perfect, it finally feels like the show’s beginning to make a turn for the better!