“Back to Square One”
This was one of the most frustrating episodes to date.
If I were to try and precisely describe my emotions throughout this week’s episode, there’s only one example I can think of — this week’s episode was like Minagawa and we (the viewers) were Furuya. From the moment the episode started, I had an inkling we were in for some frustration, but never did I think that every single skit would take a stab at our hearts. The worst part of it all was probably how our “safe” couple, Gouda and Kamine, somehow also managed to fall into everyone else’s pace. Watching Kamine try her hardest to get Gouda into the move of kissing only to get blocked by his constant overthinking hurt me more than I thought it would.
Luckily, even though nothing was really accomplished this week, there were still a few moments that gave me some hope. First and foremost, the moment between Sugawara and Takano at the pool gave me hope that two will one day overcome their inhibitions. With the latter finally overcoming the hurdle of speaking his feelings, it looks like all that’s left is for Takano to finally make the plunge and ask about Sugaware’s feelings for her. Second, I really hope that we get to see something between Minagawa and Furuya come to fruition since it’s just too damn cute to watch them together. Sure, we’d lose one of the best comedic duos, but I wouldn’t mind it if we got to see them act like a couple together (and we still have Furuya’s younger sister). Finally, I’m really hoping that Takase and Kanda manage to overcome their miscommunication and just start dating already. They seem perfect for one another and it drives me insane to see a tiny slip up in communication cause so many damn problems.
Overall, a great episode even though it probably raised my blood pressure a few points. And I guess in all honesty, it’s probably a good thing this show can have episodes like this that are engaging even if there isn’t a positive payoff in the end. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week. See you then!