Wow. We got the highly-anticipated school trip and what an emotional rollercoaster it was. He asked her out, she said no. He asked her out again, but then he had his phone confiscated, meaning he could not read her reply. Then they narrowly missed each other at the train station but then he manages to find her, and just… just… AHHHH. SO NERVE-WRACKING. BUT SO CUTE.
After all the work to sneak through the phones in a bag of crisps, it was all for naught. Though I will take one, and EAT IT. Oh man, I can’t deny that I used to get up to the kind of stuff Roman and Daichi did – forcefully grabbing a friend’s phone to examine their conversation with someone of the opposite gender. Or where that did not exist, settle for the internet search history.
On Akane’s side of friends, Aira must be credited. Even if she seemed to fill the stereotype of popular, bitchy girl, she gave Akane space to see Kotarou without pressing her too much. Shy people usually hate being interrogated, but Aira respected that for all her brashness. Chinatsu also did a fantastic job driving the progress between our couple, not to mention Great Britain represent! For that, I can only say I’m sorry I ever doubted youuu! But considering that Chinatsu was meant to wingman Hira, this turn of events is actually rather confusing?!? Whatever. A surprise to be sure, but a welcome one.
A Fantastic Encounter
Regarding the date, I liked that our main characters didn’t immediately find each other at the station. Most series have that miraculous but equally unrealistic moment where the characters find each other despite all the odds – i.e. being separated in a public space, fireworks at the festival. But Tsuki ga Kirei chooses to tackle the question head on without going too far with the melodrama. We could clearly see how down to earth the approach was, when Kotarou and Akane finally meet up and talk at the shrine.
What makes Kotarou so damn likeable? Our perspective clearly showed us he had reasons for not being able to meet up with Chinatsu at the station but he really took it in his stride. When he turned up late, he didn’t try to actively find any excuses from the get go. He just accepted he was in the wrong and that made me like him even more. He’s a humble guy who means well and allowed Akane to freely vent her feelings.
Akane’s delayed response to Kotarou’s confession was simple, and clearly expressed her honest thoughts and feelings. It really goes back to the idea that there are indirect ways of saying things, with the title ‘Tsuki ga Kirei’ itself figuratively meaning ‘I love you’. Not that I think Akane is currently saying that she loves Kotarou, rather she wants to know him better, with her interest still being assuring.
These moments between Akane and Kotarou make Tsuki ga Kirei a completely worthwhile endeavour. I’m also glad that Akane’s answer wasn’t so straightforward. As much as I wanted to see their romance come to fruition, I can wait for good things to eventually happen. They could have ended here if Akane had outright accepted Kotarou’s confession, but this variation means the potential development looks extremely promising!
I can’t say these were as good as before. Ryouko’s gag was pretty terrible, and I felt especially ambivalent towards playing Nagahara’s overt sex drive for laughs. That said I did laugh at him being a scoundrel, but his attitude did not accord with my social morals.
Definitely feel cheated that we did not get an omake the kabedon couple but at least they made a cameo appearance last episode. Hopefully the next set will be better.