「地獄、それは他人である。」 (Jigoku, soreha tanindearu.)
“Hell is other People”
So I was wrong – Sakura wasn’t doing anything incriminating or wrong; she’s just very shy and wants to remain an internet model without her classmates knowing. It was very odd to me how they did that scene transition that continued last week as Sakura was running away, to her trying to get her camera fixed with Kiyotaka and Kikyou. Are they suddenly friends? Why are they helping her? Unless they wanted her cooperation in return, it feels weird that she’d even ask for their accompaniment in the first place. Maybe I’m just being very cynical though and people can be kind without expecting anything in return.
I’m also surprised by how forward she is about posting photos of herself (in suggestive outfits and poses by the way) if she was so shy. Does she like the attention or not? I get that some very introverted people (and some people with anxiety) like posting videos and talking to people that way, but it’s still weird to me that you would use social media as an outlet when you don’t like that interaction with people in person. I guess we all have our hobbies though and this is Sakura’s.
Unfortunately, even with Sakura’s witness and photos from the scene, it doesn’t prove who instigated the fight. Neither the Class C nor Sudou have the evidence to say for sure who started the fight; even though it’s clear that Class C have been beaten up worse than Sudou. In the end, it’s up to the student council president (Suzune’s brother), Manabu to pick a side. From the very obvious side remarks given so far, it seems like everyone is always against Class D and it wouldn’t be surprise if there was prejudice in Manabu’s decision. I’d be more shocked if he made a fair call and punished them both equally due to the lack of responsibility and evidence that suggests otherwise. Suzune is also up to represent Sudou in the trial so maybe he might choose to expel Sudou just to prove a point. They don’t seem to get along very well as siblings.
Overall, the episode was a little slow for me. There are some areas (like the scene with Sakura and her camera) that I wish they expanded upon to build the character relationships and there are some scenes (like the trial) that were longer than necessary. Kiyotaka is starting to grow on me and there are moments where his character catches me by surprise; however I can’t tell if it’s because it’s bad writing for his character; or if he’s actually someone that just wants to stay under the radar. Anyway! I’m ready for this arc to wrap up and for Manabu to make up his mind on what’s going to happen. Unfortunately I’m not that invested in Sudou nor Sakura so it makes it hard for me to care either way. I think of it as an introduction to the Class D students and hopefully Sudou isn’t expelled so that we can see more of him and how he shows his appreciation to Suzune and Kiyotaka later on for helping out.