“You Mustn’t Kiss Her, Okay?”
The Seven Wonders of Suzaku High School:
After five episodes, we’re finally getting to the bottom of the mystery surrounding the Seven Witches of Suzaku High School. What we’ve seen up until now has mainly been the Supernatural Studies Club having fun with their body-swapping and not really putting much thought into why or how it’s even happening. That couldn’t last forever, and thankfully it won’t, as we step into what I think is the best part of the series. There may not have been much of it until now, but Yamada-kun is undoubtably a mystery, and I’m genuinely excited to see how it’s going to be adapted – quite quickly, I imagine, but if they keep the best and most essential parts then we should have a very solid self-contained story to look back on. I don’t want to be grim about the possibility of a second season never coming along, but it’s best to be doubtful in this case, and just take what we’re given.
Obviously, it’s Shiraishi who deduces what’s going on, and that she must possesses the power to switch bodies with whomever she locks lips with. But it’s not till the end of the episode that we get confirmation of the ‘Seven Wonders of Suzaku High School’. Wonders, Witches, whatever you want to call them. Shiraishi’s a witch, as is Odagiri. Out of those seven magical individuals, we know already three of their abilities:
What lies ahead now is the Supernatural Studies Club – with help from Odagiri and Ushio – trying to figure out who those witches are, and who possesses which power. Let the show begin!
Yamada’s Past – The Unfortunate Delinquent:
Yamada has been labelled a delinquent since his introduction, but he really didn’t intend to become one. There was clearly some history between him and Ushio, and as it turns out they knew each others before entering high school, and both wanted a fresh start. Yamada even went out of his way to get involved with his fellow students to make some friends, but it never worked out that way. In the end, Ushio was caught in Odagiri’s charm trap and sold Yamada out to the school, resulting in the stigma that he has right now. Both of them hold grudges against each other, but I have to side with Yamada here – that was a dick move on Ushio’s part, even if they were never destined to be best buddies. At least it’s all working out for Yamada now.
Jealous Lover, Easy Kisser:
I’m feeling the need to write about how much I enjoy Yamada and Shiraishi’s relationship every episode. It’s progressing for both of them, but it’s Shiraishi who is the dominant one of the two, who makes decisions and lets her feelings be known. And she isn’t afraid to kiss Yamada at any point, and can’t quite hide her jealousy when it comes to Odagiri. But she’s a genuine girl, convincing Yamada to remove Odagiri from her own curse. Of course, Shiraishi was jealous about having another girl forever be in love with Yamada, but there’s no way that’s her only motive. At the end of the day, these two are practically made for each other. Yamada x Shiraishi is ship of the season, easily.
Overview – What’s Next?:
Things were starting to get a little too easygoing in the recent few episodes, but this one set up the story that was always going to be told. I suspect we’ll get an episode dedicated to each of the remaining witches (if you don’t want to be spoiled, don’t watch the opening – though at least their powers are still a mystery), but then again I don’t know how much they’re planning to adapt in one cour. Either way, I’m excited for what’s to come now: more kisses, more mystery, and more romance between the best couple of this Spring season.
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