「恋の科学」 (Koi no kagaku)
“Science of Love”
Bloody hell KtU, just when I think I have a handle on you, in comes something else entirely unexpected. Honestly I expected some serious shenanigans in the near feature—it’s been heavily teased the past two weeks—but in this manner? The writer has some balls I’ll give him that. I mean I can get behind a little kissing action here or there, but full on tongue, and guaranteed once a day? My eyes can only take so much lewdness.
Alright tongue in cheek aside, the jaw dropper this week was obviously our pretty boy Yuusuke quietly coming out of the closet. Honestly I never saw this coming, I had the kid firmly pinned either as Misaki’s competing love interest, or at worst a childhood friend. While prior familiarity is still not out of the question—see those reciprocal glares—Yuusuke’s love for Neji definitely eliminates whatever plan I anticipated KtU would follow going forward. Typically you’d expect the usual fight over the “best” girl, but KtU has again flipped that script (as with Ririna last week) by firmly centering Neji as the prime love interest, and with male competition to boot. Instead of a love square as I originally thought, we will likely have a sort of love pyramid with the dweeb on top. Sure Yuusuke may not stand any real chance here (unless Neji proves bisexual), but the wrench this will throw into the future cat fight will be a sight to behold. Don’t deny, you know it’s coming. After all Ririna may be this story’s “inevitable” winner, but it’s still unknown whether it will be out of her duty as betrothed, or out of genuine love for Neji. With KtU’s focus on the choice of love, it would be wrong to count Misaki out just yet. Yuusuke’s interest guarantees the process won’t be so simple.
Speaking of Misaki though, the other intriguing shift this week concerns her relationship with the two betrothed. Instead of allowing Misaki to distance herself, Ririna is, if anything, increasingly determined to insert her into the relationship. Part of it may be due to Ririna’s curiosity, but I suspect the reason is to paper over her first twinges of interest in little Neji-kins. It’s already a given Ririna will fall in love with the kid eventually after all, the only question is how and when. Will it be before or after actually seeing them kiss? After getting husband and mistress dating under the table, or once pushing Neji into openly accepting his love for Misaki? The competition is here only for flavour, Ririna’s feelings are (for better or worse) what will primarily determine how this story unfolds. The fun and games begin once our cutie pie realizes her love, and I bet it won’t take too long.
With such a crazy setup and only the promise of more to come, KtU’s plot makes me very enthusiastic for what is to come. Sure it might crash and burn spectacularly, but I’m down for seeing this one through. Consider KtU picked up for coverage, with such an intriguing romance scenario, it only makes sense to stick with this one until the bitter(sweet) end.