「ネコ / 好み / 似顔絵 / 占い / クリティカル」 (Neko / Konomi / Nigaoe / Uranai / Kuritikaru)
“Cat / Taste / Portrait / Fortune Telling / Critical”
What an episode! Nishikata actually managed to make Takagi flustered. The only thing that kept him from noticing that telling Takagi he wanted to walk with her got her it was how embarrassed he was to say it. It was quite the moment with how many emotions it seemed Takagi was cycling through as she was trying to put her thumb on why she’s feeling so startled that Nishikata was aiming to stay with her until he could figure out how his daily fortune would pay off for him.
Although it should’ve felt like another day of Nishikata and Takagi walking home, everything leading up to this moment was centered around the two of them slowly recognizing the lingering feelings they might have for one another. A factor that set Takagi off was how the fortune-telling she did in class had planted the seeds for the both of them to search these thoughts. With Takagi, it kept the idea in her mind that her and Nishikata were projected to have a wonderful relationship with their respective crushes. On Nishikata’s end, however, he goes the extra mile and examines the feelings he has for Takagi for the first time. During the Painting segment, Takagi acknowledging how he’s staring intently at her and returning his look back had already given him the impression that he thinks Takagi could possibly be pretty. On the same note, Takagi’s fortune-telling had outright gave Nishikata a signal in his mind that Takagi might just be his crush.
There were also some funny moments within the episode as Yukari has become more interested in talking about love and romance. Her friends inadvertently trick her when they reveal their type is in reference to dogs instead of men. On Takagi and Nishikata’s end, the beginning segment with cats was another classic skit where Nishikata plays himself by not being honest with his love of cats despite being an open book. However, the comedic sections of the episode were definitely overshadowed this time around in favor of the main relationship being kicked into high gear. Now that the both Nishikata and Takagi have it in their minds that they might have feelings for each other, it’ll be interesting to see where the show goes from here, and if the finale will end on a romantic note.