「亜人ちゃんは支えたい」 (Demichan wa Sasaetai)
“Demi-chan Wants To Support”
This episode was absolutely amazing. I’ve been thinking we needed a bit of a paradigm shift and this episode was exactly that. I’ll catch you after the break after I finish wiping my face.
Life Is Never Easy
Man, I’m not sure where I want to even start with this one. So many things were flowing through my mind as this episode played out that had I done a better job of documenting them, I could probably write a mini-thesis on how we could improve the world if we had a way of producing teachers like Takahashi. But that’d honestly be no fun and instead I’d like to talk about the mere fact that we finally got to see Takahashi run into a bump in the road.
As the de facto “main” character that has nearly no faults and is ikemen of the show, I’ve been curious how Demi-chan would handle giving Takahashi some struggles. In terms of personality and character type, it felt like there was no chink in his perfect armor that the story could exploit for some good storytelling. That and when you really think about it, on a personal level we don’t know much more about him than he’s a very caring person and goes out of his way to help people close to him. So for a character that seems nearly perfect I was very surprised how well the show managed to use an outside force to really expand Takahashi as a character. In the form of a strict vice principal (who ends up being a pretty upstanding guy in his own right) whose only previous appearance was last week (I suppose to set things up for this week), I was surprised by just how powerful his words were. For both Takahashi and myself, I quickly started thinking about all negative impacts being a bit too involved with someone else’s life could be and I think it was right around when Takahashi closed his door in-front of Hikari when I realized things could start heading down a really dark path. Toss in how Takahashi started to picture our girls overcoming their struggles without his help and I could start to feel my eyes get a little watery.
But What Goes Around, Comes Around
But in true Demi-chan fashion, HIkari managed to come up with just the right thing to help lift up Takahashi. With a heartfelt video that had some awfully loving words from Yuki, Kyouko, and Satou-sensei I could feel my chest puffing up in happiness as my tear ducts started to push out liquid. Because as corny as a thank you video might be, there was something just so endearing about everyone’s recording that you could genuinely feel the appreciation and love that they all had for Takahashi. And as if the show needed to confirm my feelings, I nearly lost it when they actually showed Takahashi about to cry.
However, it didn’t even end there. With Hikari characteristically showing up at just the right time, I really appreciate the show using her to help drive everyone else’s point home. With no shame, watching her yell out everyone’s true feelings to Takahashi I doubt there was a person out there who didn’t feel the same way that Takahashi did.
And after all of that, the show still wasn’t done coming full circle. When Takahashi came running up to the Vice Principal with the confidence to tell him to politely
fuck back off, who would have thought that the Vice Principal instead would have not only apologized for his previous comments but also commend Takahashi for his efforts?!
God, if this wasn’t the definition of a fantastic and nearly perfect episode I don’t know what the word perfect means anymore.
Without making this post any longer, I’ll catch you guys next week where we’ll maybe get our traditional beach episode! Until then, stay safe and make sure to keep a lot of tissues hear you. Cheers!