「ヰタ・セクスアリス」 (Vita Sekusuarisu)
“There is such a thing as love in this world. I’m sure of it. It’s the expression – the etiquette – of love that is so hard to find” – Dazai
Examining the emotional experience, does love need a reason? I think it’s okay for Akane to not know what she likes about Kotarou at this point. Making sense of emotions can be a hard task at such a hormonal age, and Akane provides an honest answer, that teenagers unfortunately don’t seem to like accepting, as we could see from the peer pressure.
But hey, I found it to be a pretty compelling answer, contrasting the know-it-all attitude one typically expects from a lot of teenagers. For example, knowing why the universe exists is not required to go about enjoying our everyday lives. Extending that idea to love, simply ‘being’ can be a reason unto itself.
Under increased scrutiny from news of their relationship finally breaking out, it was funny to see Kotarou and Akane struggling to interact with each other publicly at school. The fact they continued remaining so privately intimate is awesome, because it showed that their relationship is easily surviving the social pressures of being widely known. This was something I was scared they might struggle with, but the two are taking strides despite their prior concerns of going public. Now I feel silly, for getting worked up and worried over nothing!
Even though everything has been set out on the table, it feels like we’re in on some kind of wonderful secret as the viewer, when other classmates are guessing things completely wrong. For example, thinking the relationship isn’t a serious one because Akane and Kotarou don’t seem to talk very often. Honestly, how much further could they be from the truth?
ANOTHER LIBRARY DATE
As if we needed more proof that things are going swimmingly well, watching Kotarou squee practicing how to say ‘Akane-chan’ in the library was pretty hilarious. Then we got Akane spraying on something nice to cover up the scent of her sweat from club activities. Seeing them proactively make efforts for each other really warmed the heart.
Still, would it really have hurt Kotarou to tell Akane that she looks extremely cute while drinking water, instead of calling her an old man? (Hnnng) I mean, look at her! Kotarou, stop being such a tease and just say that your girlfriend is kawaii!
Nothing would have been possible, if not for the exemplary wingmanship coming from all sorts of places this episode. Broman and Daichi led the cavalry charge, by suggesting Kotarou use the literary club excuse, so that he can spend time with Akane after her club activities. Then, the Shrine priest rained down artillery support from the heavens, by recommending a nearby wind chime festival to our couple, and also gave Kotarou some money to support his date. Not to mention, the hayashi colleagues took care of the tidying up, a gesture reminiscent of ‘You go, I stay’ harking back to the Iron Giant. Talk about awesome friends and seniors!
They get to go to the festival together!!! Dear lord, Akane in a yukata?!? My my, what an incredible payoff!!! Sharing food? Taking fortunes together? Making wishes together? A belated birthday gift of matching plushies? WHAT IS THIS?!?
Have to say, this was probably the best depiction of a Japanese festival I have seen in recent memory, possibly even ever. It straight up depicted a bona fide traditional Japanese festival without any of the cheap tricks and gimmicks. Usually it’s the cliché stuff with drama or unimportant fluff taking the focus. But Tsuki ga Kirei hit all the right notes in a refreshing way, and it really was all too simple yet effective that one has to wonder why more shows don’t do this.
The wind chimes were almost my favourite part of the episode. Why can’t we get more of these aesthetically and audibly appealing baubles, rather than goldfish scooping and prize shooting games? Another show comes to mind when we speak of glass wind chimes, but I shall keep my lips sealed. If they had chosen to undertake a story more like Tsuki ga Kirei, I’m quite certain it could have gone down as a recent classic. That much I’m sure of by now.
But you know what moment trumped the glass chimes? The first kiss. The tension built up perfectly, leading into the moment. After intimately patching her sore feet up with a bandaid, Kotarou passionately gazes into Akane’s eyes, as if to signal his intent. When she gets nervous, and begins to fidget with her plushie, he gently grabs her hand as if to reassure her about what will happen next. Then, they close in for the kiss. And how I wish it could have lasted an eternity.
Pretty much ending perfectly, the episode concluded by revealing the respective wishes of Kotarou and Akane hanging amongst the wind chimes. They aren’t the only ones making the same wish – I also want them to be together forever.
That said, getting hot and bothered by a traditional Japanese performance art like hayashi makes for a pretty strange and acquired taste. Whatever tickles your fancy, Akane. For an equivalent measure, I can’t really imagine getting a spicy kick out of seeing some ancient greek style theatre performance, let alone understanding the recent phenomenon of fidget spinners.
Since we aren’t too far off from the end, fingers crossed that nothing will cause problems and capsize SS Kotarou x Akane. They seem sufficiently committed to each other as of now, to give a sense of security. Let it be a home run down the straits, without any melodrama please. That said, I hope loose ends will be tied, such as their respective aspirations to write novels or compete in track. Bringing together Chinatsu and Hira would seem a bit too convenient, if not a total copout to resolving the issue of unrequited corners of the love triangle, so hopefully the show will come up with a unique answer to that as well.
I know I’ve already written too much, but there would be no justice in skipping the omakes. Here goes!
Aira and Kaneko – The absolute madman! Pulls the gambit of making his girlfriend completely flustered and blushing, in order to get away with enjoying a gravure magazine right under her nose.
Ryouko and Roman – Just pining away for the Broman. Nothing new, apart from Roman being used as a phone homescreen wallpaper.
Miu and Inaba – Wow. Inaba got shafted pretty hard. Could be that Miu is pranking him big time. I certainly hope so.
Sakura and Roman – Okay, that runaway active imagination was pretty amusing. Seeing her flip between hot and cold for Roman sums up her indecisive fangirl character.
Aoi Takizawa – The Cherrie of Kawagoe Track and Field Club, with the way that she whips the guys. Don’t tell her I said that!
Kotarou’s Parents – You know things are about to get messy, when Kotarou’s mother discovered his hidden stash… of novel manuscripts. Seeing the parents’ contrasting reactions to Kotarou’s writing was pretty funny! And shoutout to the Dad for attempting to cover for Kotarou against Mum, even if he failed. It’s the effort that counts.