「月に吠える」 (Tsuki ni Hoeru)
“Howling at the Moon”
Hold on a moment. A confession from our main character so early on? o.O
Before we get there, this episode was Akane’s turn to repay a favour. With Kotarou feeling bummed out about not making the newcomer literary reward, she does her best to reassure him. I’m not sure why he was putting it under the guise of literary club stuff, but it helped Akane open up about her own occasional troubles with Track and Field. So I guess we had a win-win situation in terms of seeing more cute interactions between the two.
As always, it was entertaining to observe the friendly dynamic Kotarou has with Roman and Daichi. I think Kotarou embellished his reaction of fighting off Daichi’s headlock to gain Akane’s attention. For the record, I’m totally not making this point based on anecdotal experience!
But damn it, don’t you hate that close friend who can easily interact with your crush while you’re stood there dumbfounded like a potato? Yeah me too, only I can’t hate Chinatsu because she’s such a sweet person. While Chinatsu ardently supports Akane in her athletic endeavours, she seems scared of being unable to keep up with her. I want to observe how their friendship is put to the test through a potentially budding inferiority complex.
Taking life advice from a random page from a random book off the library shelf, Kotarou’s superstition would definitely be a nice thing to have. It would help to have temporary courage boost when asking someone out, but Kotarou’s incredible luck knows no end. Other than getting a chance to witness the kabedon theatrics, Kotarou overhears the possibility of Hira asking out Akane, which helps him steel his own resolve to ask her out. Not to mention, some random girl fatefully interrupts Hira’s attempted confession. Could the outcome have varied if Hira hadn’t been so randomly put off?
Anyway, it warmed my heart when Kotarou prayed for Akane to win her race and Akane was too cute when she came to visit Kotarou at the shrine. A fantastic encounter between them culminates in a moment of moonlight magic together! Few words were exchanged, but their feelings spoke loudly through facial expressions and body language. It was absolutely adorable to watch! And Tsuki ga Kirei continues to amaze me with how it pulls off ‘Show, don’t tell’.
My reaction when the episode ended was pretty much ‘Noooooo! What about Akane’s answer to the confession?’. At least we’ll be getting that next episode. Hopefully, there won’t be too much drama with Hira and Chinatsu so we can focus as much as possible on the blossoming romance of Kotarou and Akane. It would be much more interesting to see how the two depend on each other to catalyse their growth and development.
Many shows create this impression where the characters lives revolve around each other, at the expense of the other kind of normal things that we might expect them to do. Tsuki ga Kirei does not make this mistake. We were able to see Kotarou have a life beyond school and romance, more specifically his involvement with the Neighbourhood Association.
Due to the melancholic song that played prior to the start of race, even though Akane’s race went well, I can’t seem to shake off this foreboding feeling that something terrible might happen. A shadow of doubt crept in when the possibility of moving back to Tokyo was brought up during Akane’s family dinner. We can only pray that Tsuki ga Kirei won’t take its inspiration from 5cm Per Second too far.