「皇女の体験」 (Koujo no Taiken)
“The Experience of the Princess”
Not wanting to ease up on the gas, this week’s episode dove straight into the things that make truly make a relationship, a relationship.
Before jumping into Stella and Ikki’s relationship, I wanted to take a second to point out how much of a star Ikki has become. Ever humble in his behavior, it was nice to see the school finally giving him some recognition for all the hard work he’s put in and the crap he’s put up with. Taking down opponent after opponent with relative ease, there was a real sense of pride seeing other students ask him for help instead of the other way around. The kicker though? Ikki’s humble personality shining through all of it and besides being a humanitarian, seeing how he truly believes empowering his fellow students is good for them and him. A behavior you don’t see all that often in this day and age.
That and if I’m being honest, I wouldn’t have minded seeing Ikki act a little arrogant for once. But he didn’t, because that isn’t who he is, and I’m sure we all love him for it.
Just like last week’s sudden but not unexpected moment where Stella and Ikki sealed the deal and became an item, this week’s episode didn’t hesitate at all while tackling a pretty common relationship woe. Honing in on that awkward period right after two people start dating, I loved how the episode managed to fit two weeks of frustration within a mere fifteen minutes. Giving us glimpses of Stella’s insecurities as well as moments where fate was just getting the better of her, there was a sense of urgency as well as a looming fear over wanting to know what was going to happen.
But then to see it come all together and explode in a fight was what really got my heart pumping. With rather ominous music playing in the back and Ikki showing an uncharacteristically angry side of himself, I’m sure a lot of viewers started to expect a sudden break up coming. Instead, we got to see the two work through their insecurities and talk things out in a way you don’t normally see between these types of characters in these types of shows (aka actually getting through the whole conversation uninterrupted). Sealing the deal with a honest-to-god kiss on the lips, it was great to see things end on a cute and happy note.
With another potential relationship block out of the way and next week’s matches scheduled, it feels like the story’s about to get back on track with the competition. While it remains to be seen who those hooded figures are, I have to say that they aren’t really giving off an evil vibe. In any case, it looks like there’ll be a lot more action next week so if the relationship stuff isn’t doing it for you, next week is your episode!
Catch you guys next week! Ciao!
- Ikki’s such a tease. The way he went in for a kiss and backed off to talk was plain evil.
- I was a little disappointed how they changed the pool scene since it looks like Ayase won’t properly show up for another week.
- I also don’t remember people flocking to Ikki for training — but I think it worked well here since there isn’t enough time to flesh too many things out.
- Stella’s outfits this week were on-point. So cute!