「命がけの恋」 (Inochigake no koi)
You know, for all the cliché tropes and stereotypical actions at times, KtU can certainly break the mold. Sitting here five episodes in we have several solidified relationships, a few key misunderstandings out in the open, and every character having a choice which will impact the entire cast. We may have lacked in some provocative physicality and impassioned confessions, but this week firmly set up KtU’s break point. From here on out it’s drama season.
Out of all the developments this week, the key element was Ririna. Besides Ririna finding something to like in Neji, Yuusuke calling her matchmaking out finally sets up arguably the most important decision in KtU going forward: does Ririna relinquish Neji to Misaki, or make an honest play for him herself? Ririna’s choice will define the show because it will determine how the rest of KtU unfolds. Normally I’d bet on the usual waffling around and the finding of any excuse not to make a play (see just about any other romance series), but Ririna’s mindset does not suggest such a copout. The girl is surprisingly decisive and willing to make decisions, even when lacking information. No matter the prisoner’s dilemma she may now be in—Misaki friendship or Neji marriage—she will lean towards one of the choices and act on it. Considering the serious societal consequences for breaking a pairing though, I personally anticipate Ririna choosing Neji for herself in the end. It may take her some time, especially with her feelings still brewing under the surface, but this girl will not let Neji lose his dream because of her.
On the other hand we have Misaki, who unlike Ririna plays a relatively minor role. Sure, Misaki clearly wants Neji and has her own troubles (as hinted last time) with indulging in her own desires, but unlike Ririna, she’s largely reactionary at the moment. Misaki believes Ririna doesn’t love Neji like she does, which lets her remain content in the zone of noncommittal love. Ririna’s eventual choice will force a response from Misaki and dictate how she acts, particularly in regards to her friendship with Ririna and what options Neji is ultimately presented with. Couple this too with the misunderstandings flying about and this inevitability quickly becomes wickedly entertaining. Neji’s firm belief Yuusuke likes Misaki for example puts him on a timer (in his mind) regarding Misaki. Either he nails her down (not that way), or Yuusuke could sweep her away. Likewise Misaki’s infatuation with Neji pressures Yuusuke into getting his feelings off his chest before the inevitable transpires, which he shockingly just about did. And then we have both Yuusuke and Misaki knowing of (or at least hinting of knowing) each other’s feelings for Neji—a potent weapon for both to use if they feel the battle of hearts isn’t going in their favour. There are a surprising number of drama options here, and only time will tell what path is taken.
Before getting to the tasty catfights though, first comes Ririna and inducing those butterflies. No better method than some sex lessons I tell you, particularly when one gets off on cradling while the other loses it at the sight of some fine C cup specimens. Stay tuned boys and girls, it’s time for some condom-infused, embarrassment-ridden, bureaucratic coerced fan service. God I love this show.