「走れメロス!」 (Hashire merosu!)
This week, where do I even start… oh my! There is so much to say and I may have written too much. Apologies in advance! As compensation, I’ve made two wholesome photoshops for this episode.
Top Ten Anime Betrayal Spring 2017
Akane should have known better than to clue Ayane in on her potential relationship because Ayane really milked her dry in front of their parents. Heck, I didn’t know whose reactions I loved the most in this amazing scene, between Akane’s apparent annoyance, Ayane’s gleeful crowing, or Otou-san and Okaa-san’s shock.
The Library Meetup with Kotarou
I thought Akane would get down to the crux of the matter and lay out Chinatsu’s crush to Kotarou. This she did not. But it was considerate for Akane not to bring up the issue so soon in light of Kotarou’s good news.
The way our couple celebrated Kotarou’s success was simple. But in its simplicity, it transgresses what words can describe with the feelings being elicited. Being together and happy for one another is really nice. Their puppy love just makes me go hnnng, especially when they have no business making such a cute pinky promise together!
Confrontation with Chinatsu
Chinatu’s consequent response to Akane confirmed my suspicions from last week – Chinatsu fully well knows what she is doing. She knew that Akane was extremely shy and suffered from severe bouts of anxiety. Yet she still went for the jugular and chose to turn Akane’s world upside down with that text.
Though ultimately I’m conflicted. Chinatsu hasn’t actually done anything wrong. She’s prioritising her personal interest at the expense of making Akane feel very uncomfortable. I want people to understand that receiving closure possesses something of inherent value. Sure, it’s pretty damn selfish of Chinatsu to forge ahead stubbornly like that, but at least she did so honestly and openly without resorting to lies.
I was happy to see Chinatsu and Akane engage in productive communications and quell the potential for misunderstandings to arise, even if Chinatsu seemed to take a fairly underhanded approach both figuratively and literally. I acknowledge things aren’t always so simple but still look forwards to seeing how the situation develops once Chinatsu confesses to Kotarou.
Aspirations and Journeys
Not that I expected Kotarou to have an easy ride in his dreams of becoming an author, but he sure received a harsh reality check that I can’t help feeling sorry. Seriously, the kid receives quite some undeserved chastisement from people around him. His mother is against it and he just took a long journey into the city, only to be told by a publisher that he lacks talent. The sleazebag publisher even tries to harangue Kotarou into becoming a light novel author (*gasp*). Scumbag
Kadokawa Kadoyama, I demand you cease and desist!
The Athletic Meetup
As much as I enjoyed the insert song which was excellent as always, I held an inkling of suspicion that it was a calm before the storm. Unfortunately, my intuition was spot on.
My heart started racing before anything began, in dread that something might go horribly wrong. You could see Akane was really nervous and fidgety. Then Hira started shouting, and I knew something was about to go horribly wrong.
Hira and Akane always seem to meet at the cusp of sunset during twilight. Their conversation felt like a knife edge, since his attraction to her presents a threat to Kotarou. But I can’t ignore the fact Hira was being a good person and genuinely helped Akane out with all his kindness. We didn’t get to see Akane cry, but watching her turn away to hide her stifled sobs proved a powerful moment nonetheless.
A Capriccio Played by an Awakening Love
I wanted Akane and Kotarou to figuratively lick each other’s wounds. Let’s not even get started on the idea of literally. And their subsequent meetup showed precisely what I wanted to see from them – depending on each other in times of difficulty and serving as catalysts for each other’s growths. I was worried that they would put the romance on a break to focus on their aspirations, but they communicated effectively and avoided such an outcome, strengthening their relationship in the process.
Akane’s support of Kotarou is even more special, contrasting the lack thereof from Kotarou’s mother and Kadoyama’s publisher. Mark my words, she will become his muse of inspiration when he pays homage to Dazai’s ‘The Schoolgirl’, regardless of whether their relationship comes into fruition by surviving into adulthood. Akane has already left one of the strongest impressions possible upon Kotarou – the impression of first love.
For an episode that did not pile on excessive amounts of melodrama, I experienced an unusual yet fulfilling emotional rollercoaster. Not many words can put my feelings into perspective, yet I can’t help but slowly find my love for Tsuki ga Kirei truly awaken. You may wonder how it has only taken me until now. Don’t get me wrong, it was a matter of requiring certainty. After developing trust issues watching many lacklustre romances that went on to disappoint, I’m finally allowing myself to hope that Tsuki ga Kirei delivers its romance purely, in a non-contrived manner. Is this too much to ask for? Only time can tell but the future sure looks promising!
Sakura’s Fantasies – Considering Kotarou is not in Sakura’s fantasy of boys fighting for her attention, I can breathe a sigh of relief. Sakura’s character design was more detailed than what you would expect for a simple background character, hence my concern of her potential to bring melodrama to the table. Pretty funny seeing the fantasy being crudely dashed, by our Kabedon guy no less.
Miu and Inaba – Probably a tossup between this and the Kabedon couple for my favourite omake mini-series. Poor Inaba, there’s no way he can win! To be fair, he already went further than I expected because I thought he would fail to clear Level 1. Even more hilarious was his exasperation with the selfies, though it is good Inaba seems to like Miu earnestly in spite of all her perceivable flaws. They’re such a cute and likeable pair, so I’ll be rooting for them as well!
Ryouko-sensei and Roman – At this point, I have to admit I’m getting pretty tired of Ryouko and Roman. There is no inherent problem with having them as a pairing but the execution of the gags revolving around them have become stale, leaving much to be desired.