「one’s first love」
If anyone had any doubts what citrus was about after last episode this one should firmly erase them. Sweet girls love and all its fun are the name of game—complete with the necessary drama and cutesy blushing—but the theme of abuse and psychological mindf*ckery is never far from the surface. Citrus for better or worse is going to dive down far into the rabbit hole, and it cares not what you may think.
The sharp eyed likely noticed Mei’s underlying daddy issues last week, but they were on full display this time around. As evidenced by that sleep talking Mei has some serious problems centering around a lack of father figure and right now is taking them out on Yuzu. Mei has no issue manipulating our gyaru, coming onto her without a moment’s notice and leaving her a confused, emotional wreck. No matter how hot these moments may be (and they can be) make no mistake, this is sexual assault and Yuzu is definitely a victim. Little miss blondie has no experience with actual love, and Mei in some form recognizes it and is willing to take advantage of the fact. She didn’t come onto Yuzu just because of yuri goodness in the bath or bedroom, she saw Yuzu cared for her in some capacity, wanted that caring so clearly missing from her life, and went about acquiring those feelings the only way she knew how. While unclear how far citrus will get in explaining why Mei acts like this and treats love so ruthlessly, you can be sure the reasons (i.e. the missing father) are going to factor in heavily with the inevitable drama going forward.
As Yuzu comically showed however, the drama is already being set up. Impromptu speechmaking and pure forbidden love-induced expulsion? Please my sides can only take so much. Extra brownie points for having old grandpa actually stand there stoically while watching his granddaughter do the kinky with a seemingly lascivious gyaru. It’s all hilarious (at least I think so), but these developments are laying the groundwork for the next stage of Yuzu’s and Mei’s budding relationship. The process of rescinding Yuzu’s expulsion for example offers a great opportunity for a bit of making up (and making out), and it’s highly unlikely Mei will be kept out of her new home for too long—how else are we going to get those passionate kissing scenes without a proper bedroom to have them in? Yuri shenanigans aside, it’s all fairly standard romance development, although as citrus will show soon it’s development which won’t lack for impact. After all the one thing missing from this tale of sisterly bonding is a competitor for Mei’s, erm, unique form of affection, and if citrus continues staying true to the manga, it won’t be long until one appears.
Best check those yuri goggles boys and girls, the fun and games (and problems) here are just getting started.