The initial exchange of timid glances between Kotarou and Akane was cute, but if you think about it, was probably indicative of the relationship problems that were going to be explored. It seems almost obvious that a shy couple would have difficulties engaging in direct communications, especially in a public environment like school. Can’t say I’m speaking from personal experience but heck, the same can be said of many of your typical secondary school couples regardless of confidence levels. So in times of crisis and doubt, who do we turn to?
Consulting Google and asking your seniors for advice is particularly relatable, especially obeying terrible advice garnered from the internet in a naïve manner. But at least it made Akane realise she really wasn’t satisfied with having one mere LINE of communication. You could really see her sparks of annoyance throughout the episode, even towards Roman and Daichi, for being able to effortlessly interact with Kotarou in real life.
Akane asking her sister for guidance was hilarious because Ayane’s real intent was clear as day. I didn’t know what Akane expected though, because an older sibling like Ayane usually tries to take advantage by exploiting your weaknesses. But it did show how sincerely cute and desperate Akane feels about making sure her relationship with Kotarou goes well.
The bookstore person Daisuke is such a bro. He caught onto Koutarou’s innocent lie, and instead of chiding Kotarou, Daisuke transformed into a supreme wingman by suggesting Kotarou invite Akane to the bookstore for a date. Mission successful.
The Secluded Date
Take notes Sword Oratoria, this is how internal monologues are done. Akane’s actions substantiate the fluffy inner expressions of her thoughts and feelings. This is fantastic because it’s not like we’re having an explanation shoved down our throats regarding every aspect of her cognitive process, or left grasping at straws trying to guess everything. We’re given enough information and still left with ample room for our own personal interpretations. The same applies for Kotarou’s thought process when he quotes Dazai again, and I particularly liked how it was used as a tool of foreshadowing:
“One things that humans have, that other creatures don’t: We have secrets.” – Dazai
Right after Kotarou finishes internally reciting this, a difficult choice comes down onto Akane in the form of a nightmare text – Chinatsu confesses to having a crush on Kotarou. If the Dazai quote on secrecy is anything to go by, I suspect Akane will endeavour to keep her discovery a secret from Kotarou, while actively struggling to resolve the situation by herself.
The Problem of Chinatsu
Chinatsu probably knows who has feelings for who by this point since she’s a rather observant girl. I also suspect her revelation was a completely calculated move designed to unsettle Akane. A possible question could be whether her implied inferiority complex from an earlier episode is relevant. It would give a reason as to why Chinatsu would want to take something away from Akane, and I particularly like how earnestly this problem is being approached. I think it’s a lot better to lay everything out on the table, rather than keeping the issue under wraps. That way, those pesky, generic misunderstandings plaguing romance shows of today can be gone from my Tsuki ga Kirei.
Though I’m still sceptical about the inclusion of a love triangle, the dramatic progression feels natural and it’s not like Chinatsu has done anything wrong per se. It has been hinted for quite a while that she was interested in Kotarou, and could tell that he was interested in Akane. So one cannot fault her for acting in self-interest. But despite how much I like Chinatsu as a character, this battle is one where I cannot take her side.
This was made all the clearer when Kotarou finally held Akane’s hand. MY KOKORO WO DOKIDOKI SURU. I think I blew up with excited gibbering. What a magical magisterial moment! And the golden silence really does convey it all. Being unable to make sense of reality as a wonderful sensation has your mind in freefall. The intensity of their thoughts and feelings intermingles into one whole bundle of cuteness as our patience is finally rewarded. GO GET ‘EM!
I wasn’t expecting Chinatsu to become more of a problem before Hira, so I look forwards to seeing how that develops. You can say Hira is Kotarou’s foil. Hira is athletic, Kotarou is bookish. Hira is charismatic, Kotarou is reclusive. However, the most important thing is that Hira repeatedly chickens out of having a proper and meaningful conversation with Akane, while Kotarou has the courage to forge ahead with his feelings.
At the moment, I see Hira being a non-factor until news spreads that Kotarou and Akane are dating. That would ought to get his cylinders firing. Nevertheless, it would make sense for the show to handle Chinatsu and Hira one at a time, rather than concurrently. That way, Kotarou and Akane can develop to rely on each other more for emotional support to overcome larger trials coming their way in the future.
The Omakes were pretty good this week. No complaints! It was particularly refreshing to see completely new people receiving coverage under the spotlight.
Story of a Man!! Ogasawara Daichi – If Daichi’s powers are to be believed, he can probably tell that I’ve lost quite a bit of weight since going to university. Otherwise, it was pretty funny that the girls were quite fearful of this ability. Never understood the obsession and guess it’s a mystery of life I will never truly know.
Miu and Inaba – Inaba is such a dumbass. When asked which set of clothes you prefer, you always pick the model who looks more like your girlfriend. Not the one that looks nothing like her. Though I cannot help but sympathise with his predicament of being in a lose-lose situation.
Ayane’s Boyfriend – Like the father, I could not approve of this punk ass looking boyfriend. That was until I was won over by the penguin stress plush. But now that the boyfriend’s identity is no longer a mystery, I hope he will get moments of relevance within the storyline. It would be interesting to see him help out Kotarou some way or another.