「嘘には二種類ある。過去に関する事実上の嘘と未来に関する権利上の嘘である。」 (Uso ni wa nishurui aru. Kako ni kansuru jijitsujou no uso to mirai ni kansuru kenrijou no uso dearu.)
“There are Two Kinds of Lies; One concerns an Accomplished Fact, the Other concerns a Future Duty”
A lot happened in this week’s episode so let me try and break it down exactly between what I enjoyed, what I was indifferent to and what I thought was really unnecessary. What I enjoyed this week of seeing a different side to Kiyotaka and the little hints that they dropped about his past. The anime is starting to finally unveil an underlying story that will hopefully explain why Kiyotaka is the way that he is. He’s not just aloof and impartial to everything going on, their teacher actually thinks he’s “the most defective”… whatever that means right now. Does it mean he was part of a child experiment gone wrong? Does he mean he was meant for bigger/better things and now he’s been demoted to a regular Class D student? I’d love to see them dive a bit more into it, but realistically, we might not see it until the end of the season. And being in a class of “defective” students, does that mean that everyone else has some degrees of “defects”? I always thought that meant that they were as smart as the other students, but I don’t think that’s the case anymore. Clearly Kiyotaka and Suzune (and even Kikyou) aren’t stupid, so what makes them Class D? There must be another aspect to these kids that the teachers are measuring that we don’t know yet and I can’t wait to see what that is. I also think it’s great that the story is finally introducing not just Class D students but pitching the Class A and C students against one another. We don’t know what beef they have with one another yet but one can speculate that it’s because they want to be the “ruler” of the school and students. Isn’t that what the Student Council President is for? Omoshiroi….
What I thought was kind of meh in this episode was how quickly they sped through some of the scenes and how little of an impact it left on me. Maybe it’s because I don’t see the significance of it yet, but overall I thought the resolution of the Class C vs. Sudou issue was so lackluster. It felt like it built up to a big deal and in the end, Suzune and Kiyotaka solved it by simply installing some fake cameras and they called off the case. I’m not sure what that’s supposed to lead up to or what kind of repercussions this will have for the Class C leader; Ryuuen Kakeru (Mizunaka Masaaki) seems like a very stereotypical delinquent that you’ll see in high school right now. Hopefully this leads up to a larger overarching story that gets solved before the end of the season. This resolution leads to the Student President confronting Kiyotaka at the end of the end episode about filling in an empty spot on their council which he declines. At some levels, I thought it was quite interesting that he saw the “involvement” Kiyotaka had in this case even though he doesn’t outright say that much to the guy. On the other hand, I don’t see what Manabu’s beef is… it just seems like a lot of students have problems with each other and I don’t get why.
This leaves us with the negative parts of this episode. This week seems to wrap up the end of Sakura’s arc with Kiyotaka helping her with an online stalker as well as the encouragement he gives her to be more comfortable with who she is. There wasn’t really anything wrong with the way that they went through her arc, but I just didn’t relate to Sakura at all; plus, she’s not the brightest bulb out there. She had a lot of issues with stalkers online (and in person) and she doesn’t tell anyone! There are so many resources now that offer people help and the last thing you should do is walk down a dark alley yourself! That’s definitely rule number one about being followed – stay around crowds of people! Gosh… I just wasn’t a fan of the way that this plotline went down. The whole attempted rape/molestation feels way too extreme and almost like a plot device for Kiyotaka to save Sakura. As if she needs a life-threatening situation to bring her to her senses about her own view of her life. Anyway, that aside, like I said, I’m not a huge fan of Sakura’s character so I’d love to see more of Suzune or Kikyou to bring some interesting perspectives to the story. And hey, for a romantic/comedy series, this is turning out to be way more serious and dramatic.