「無言の嘘」 (Mugon no Uso)
“A Silent Lie”
See, told you, of course little Nejikins wouldn’t sleep with Ririna. Sure he may have given her a mouthful and breached the barrier of her feeble anti-love defense, but the important factor—Ririna winning—has been successfully avoided. For now. Ririna is in love, Neji is falling, and Misaki has taken the first step towards giving into her desires. I dare say we’re on the cusp of something delicious.
The two key changes this week of course were the girls. Ririna’s acknowledged fall (at least on Misaki’s part) was always the inevitable conclusion once this show’s wheels started turning. While Ririna continues resisting her feelings, they are strengthening rapidly as her confused loneliness perfectly highlights. Ririna wants Neji, but doesn’t know how to go about getting him. The heartache, the embarrassment, they run against her cutely rational way of approaching love, so she responds the only way she knows how: setting some distance and thinking about things. There was honestly a moment where I thought her letter to Neji would be a rejection of the dweeb—perfect place for a plot upending shocker—but no, Ririna’s response was fitting for the moment and her mindset. She may not know how to intimately approach Neji yet, but his sexual advance did everything it had to for Ririna to start seeing him as more than a friend. It might take an episode or two yet, but Ririna will come out and confess her love, guaranteed.
Misaki on the other hand is rising to the status of third wheel spoiler, if her actions are anything to go by. Her self-professed Neji ban has failed, Ririna has revealed her budding feelings, and Neji appears to be diverging away from her. You basically can taste the tragedy of Misaki’s future, which makes it all the more sad. Unlike other romance stories, Neji has two similar options in Misaki and Ririna, with both equally good as a happy ending. In any “normal” circumstance Misaki would win the fight outright, but this is KtU and we have matchmaking to consider. As Motoi’s lament on past crushes shows, Neji only has one chance and his choice may not be everything he expects. After all, Misaki may be the “perfect” match, but is it worth all the associated problems? Take Ririna, and potentially deal with a less intimate, love-filled relationship? It would be a lie if I said this predicament did not intrigue the hell out of me. What makes it all the better too is Misaki’s refusal to reveal our lovebirds’ feelings to one another. It’s only a small change at the moment (once Ririna confesses it won’t do anything for example), but it sets Misaki up for a more disruptive role. Deliberate silence is just one small step from open seduction in this case, and Misaki has certainly proven adept in that department.
With the drama wheels turning it only makes sense to have a situation bringing everyone together, and what better way than a gender bent Romeo and Juliet play. We’ve seen this setup countless times, but with Yuusuke playing princess, Misaki pulling prince duty, and Neji stuck in the middle with a brooding Ririna in the crowd, oh I expect some serious fireworks. Neji’s innocence may be blinding, but the forthcoming drama? It will be spectacular.