“Anything but Tempura!”
Packed, but not Rushed:
As expected, this episode was just as packed as those that came before it. It’s not a surprise at this point, but where last week’s episode felt hollow due it rushing through the material, this time around it was handled much better. A hell of a lot happened in this episode, but by the end it didn’t feel all that rushed. If it’s like this from here on out, then I have no right to complain. In my opinion, this was in fact the best episode so far. It was filled with all the things that make Yamada-kun so enjoyable: plenty of kisses, a nice dose of witch drama, some seriously funny moments and reaction shots, and even more scenes of the best pairing of the season.
Quirky New Characters:
Sarushima Maria (Takao Yuki – who I would never have guessed was a newcomer by her almost effortless performance this episode) is the fourth of seven witches, and her power allows to see the future through the perspective of whoever she kisses. It sounds like it would be a fun one, but it ties in with her shut-in ways, because the seemingly inevitable fire in the old school building is going to end up being blamed on her and Yamada. I would have liked to have more of an introduction to all of this, maybe some hints before this episode came about, but for a standalone story it was dealt with pretty well. Sarushima is a funny one – who doesn’t hold back when it comes to kissing – and I honestly wouldn’t have minded her joining the main cast. She never really stuck out in the original source material, but she was a treat in this episode.
However, the other new character introduction this episode is joining the main cast. Tsubaki Kentarou (Sasaki Toshiharu – another newcomer that did a fantastic job) is another one that benefits from the anime adaptation. For whatever reason, this witch story and everyone involved in it wasn’t a highlight in the manga, yet this rather packed adaptation of it was such fun. I don’t know how that works exactly, but I’m happy that Yamada-kun is continuing to surprise and please me, as a fan of the source material. The scenes with Tsubaki and Yamada were pretty funny, especially leading up to their “confession”. Kudos to Tsubaki for being cool about having a male admirer (or so he thinks), but Yamada was far too forceful with his kisses this week. And this punk may have a thing for Shiraishi, but let’s be real here… she’s got someone else in mind.
“This is what our relationship is like.”:
It’s time for my weekly segment where I talk about how much I love Yamada and Shiraishi’s relationship! Honestly, I don’t plan on doing this each and every episode… it just happens. Even though Shiraishi didn’t play a massive part in this story, her scenes in the last few minutes were absolute standouts. If she wasn’t the best character of the series already, then she most certainly is now. Her pretending to be in a relationship with Yamada was perfect, as was their scene on the rooftop later on. They’re both looking out for each other, with Shiraishi willing to be the presumed arsonist if it came to it. Yamada telling her off could have gone horribly wrong, but she seemed to quite like it. She must have been craving that sort of emotional reaction, and she got it. God, these two unlikely souls are meant for each other.
Overview – What’s Next?:
A much better standalone witch story than what we got this week. Plus, now we’ve got a new member of the Supernatural Studies club. I also have to point out how many times Sarushima and Itou must have kissed each other in this episode. I got a kick every time we cut to Itou becoming more and more smitten and/or exhausted with the whole ordeal. I just hope next week’s witch story is as enjoyable as this one was.