「米しよっ♡」 (Kome Shiyo~tsu♡)
After a while playing around with the rest of the cast, Nozaki-kun and Sakura reclaim center stage.
Return to Sakura x Nozaki
Comedy combined with hints at romance, that’s what makes Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun so amazing. (One of the reasons. There are many.) And for a while it’s been all Hori-chan-semapi x Kashima or Yuzuki x Waka that have been holding up the romance tease boat. No longer! The ship that is Chiyo x Nozaki is back, baby, and with aplomb.
The whole first half sent me into girlish squeals of delight. Literally! (And by literally, I actually mean it. I really squeed like an excited fangirl, with that voice you hear on the podcasts. Imagine it. IMAGINE IT!) When he gave her the flowers and when he made her lunch, those were great indeed, but when he admitted that he just wanted to walk home with Sakura—HNNNNGG~! I thought she was going to despair because she didn’t enjoy the walk due to well-justified suspicion, but no. Instead she’s wondering what he meant. Could this be—!?
Too Many Surprises is a Bad Thing
Speaking of Nozaki’s surprises, be careful boys (and girls). While the occasional surprise is pleasant—those flowers would have been masterful, if not for that hand—too much can lead to the object of your desire (or simply a friend) being too on guard. I remember tripping across this when I was younger, with a girlfriend who was really ticklish … and soon I couldn’t hold her because she suspected I’d send her into a laughing fit. That’s why it felt so natural that Chiyo was wary of Nozaki’s surprises on their walk home—and so surprising when they used that misdirection to hit us with the romantic(?) surprise. Too many surprises is a bad thing, but once in a while sure is nice, eh?
Everyone Helps With the Manga. Surprise!
I’m beginning to really want Kashima (and Yuzuki!) to find out about Nozaki’s manga. I’m not sure if Kashima finding out about it would end as badly as Hori-chan-sempai expects, but I’d like to know! Which is why I cracked up when they all took out their manga tools, though it was quickly brushed under the rug. What a wasted opportunity … is what I would say, but I don’t believe for a second it was truly wasted, only deferred.
Using Your Friends as Inspiration
You’ve got to be careful when using your friends as inspiration. We all do it, and everyone knows it. All of my friends, most of my coworkers, and every one of my fellow RC writers have made their way into my note files, and a few RC commenters/IRC personalities have as well. But you can’t bend reality to fuel the story! True, you can purposefully do things with research in mind—I go out, go on trips, and occasionally go on dates at least in part because I know the experience will lead to story ideas. And that’s fine. I just cringed when Nozaki was so blatantly trying to mine his friends for inspiration … but it was a good cringe! Unlike Maeno, Nozaki in super-forceful-about-his-manga mode is a treat to see; he’s a surprisingly good boke. You should let Hori-chan-sempai get some sleep though.
Looking Ahead – Sakura x Nozaki-kun End!?
I literally yelled out “Noooo!” when the boys were having their romance talk, and Nozaki passed out before they could ask him about Chiyo. Once again, literally—I’m glad I wasn’t watching this in public! But that, along with that final preview picture, makes it seem like a Sakura x Nozaki end is incoming. And the great part is, I’m not entirely sure what we’ll get. My assumption is they’ll tease harder and dodge, because the manga is ongoing, but an anime original ending that gives actual development between Chiyo and Nozaki is possible! I know, I know, wishful thinking, but they’ve left just enough of a possibility open that I’m not sure.
Note: I’m leaving for my second overseas trip in a couple of days, so I won’t be around to blog the next episode … and it’s the finale. D’oh! Fortunately Zanibas has agreed to step in, and since he’s been helping me with the screen caps all season, it’s fitting that he gets to finish the series off. I’ll send him some final impressions to include in his post, but other than that, thank you for sticking with me this season once again!
Wait, does that mean I have to wait to see the finale for two whole weeks? DAMN!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – The return of Sakura x Nozaki-kun. They’re so adorable together! If only the boy talk had led to results rather than just armw restling #nozakikun 11
- Nozaki-kun really was traumatized by Maeno. The good news for Ken-san is that baseline competence is good enough to earn Nozaki’s love. The “good news”.
- Anyone care to explain that gift Nozaki tried to force onto Chiyo? A gift from Maeno maybe? That joke appeared and then fell away.
- Shipping furiously!
- Hori-chan-sempai is a legs man. I approve. That means he must like tall girls, ufufu~
- Waka likes girls with pure hearts. No, you’re the one with the pure heart, Wakaaaa!
Check out my blog about storytelling and the novel I’m writing at stiltsoutloud.com. The last four posts: Vacation, & a taste of what’s to come, Life or death, Just plain fun, and Don’t have enough time.