「強まるのは、絆と手綱。」 (Tsuyomaru no wa, Kizuna to Tadzuna.)
“What’s Strengthened Is Our Bond and Our Reins”
Yaho! Zanibas here, subbing in for Stilts while he’s out doing dubious activities. Such a shame, since he missed out on a great showcase of all the side characters and all the bonding that comes with it. Before we dive in, quick plug for a great mashup called Walk the Dinozaki by Triple-Q. Give it a listen!
Oh Seo and Wakamatu, they are so far from a couple that it hurts, at least for now. They make a hilarious duo, but as an actual couple, they’re miles away. The saying ‘opposites attract’ is actually untrue; this episode ices the cake on how false that saying is. Seo’s own oblivious attitude towards literally everything and Wakamatsu’s distorted view of the world makes for a humorous disaster on their date (most likely not their first one), where they constantly contrast in reactions. I’d be sick too (and suffering from second-hand awkward) if I was next to Seo in that movie theater. That doesn’t take away from the comedic value though, as one is either amazed that Seo can be this oblivious and pure yet cause trouble for everyone, or amazed that Wakamatsu still puts up with her even though everything says he shouldn’t.
As the way things are panning out, Wakamatsu’s “shifting” moment will be when he finally realizes who Lorelei is. By that point though, we should also see some good qualities come from Seo as well, who perhaps may wise up and see her actions in a new light. Really, all this speculation is just a way of saying, “Get together already! You guys are such a cute couple!” It’s just so fitting, because even though they both are oblivious, they actually act in opposite ways. Seo wants to be nice but ends up causing trouble for others, whereas Wakamatsu wants to cause trouble and get back at Seo, but ends up being nice to Seo instead via shoujo. If they end up working on their problems together, it could make for an amazingly sweet team. It was nice to see this pairing come up again and I definitely want to see more of them before the series ends.
With the second half of the episode came the rest of the main side characters, illustrating a beautiful mix of misunderstandings, incapabilities, and friendly coercion. Gekkan Shoujo shows strength through its well-developed side characters, as well as its balance of screen time for each character. Consequently, this balanced screen time also connects all the characters slowly together, as evidenced by today’s second half. Seo and Kashima completely contrast with singing capabilities, while Kashima, Hori, and Mikoshiba form this weird jealousy triangle. Old characters meeting each other for the first time keeps the show fresh, all without leaving a bad taste from a clash of character personalities. Although Seo is brutal in giving the verdict for Kashima’s singing, Nozaki and Chiyo can’t help but agree. Even though Mikoshiba makes for a great dramatic sub, making Kashima a bit jealous, it all works out because Mikorin can’t be beat in fickleness. Add in a dash of Nozaki who can’t interpret his own works properly, some obligatory Chiyo blushing, and you’ve got a mess of characters on stage. A beautiful mess though. With every new character interaction comes a shift in the old ones, keeping the relationships between characters dynamic and changing. Seo and Kashima further Wakamatsu’s confusion of who Lorelei is, while Mikoshiba’s acting further highlights Kashima’s desire to be acknowledged by Hori-senpai. Thanks to this dynamic approach to character development, every episode of Gekkan has always been a fresh treat to enjoy, which is actually hard for a comedy to achieve.
Now that we’re approaching the end, I’m sad that this show will be ending soon. It’s been a dry spell for excellent romantic comedies, but with the advent of Kawaisou last season and Gekkan Shoujo and LOVE STAGE!! this season, I am quite pleased with how the genre is holding up so far. Looking forward, I don’t expect any of our couples to finalize anytime soon, but I hope to see some sweet moments that’ll tease at some hope for the future, if a second season ever comes.