「デートへ行こうよ!」 (Deeto E Ikouyo!)
“Let’s Go On a Date!”
Another strong episode devoted to showing us just how intricate relationships can be.
Man, I’m not sure where I should even start with this week’s episode. Between showing off Narumi in a whole new light and really diving into Hirotaka’s inner struggle with himself, this episode may have been one of the toughest to watch. Toughest in the sense that all of our characters this week were really exposed and had to deal with some really tough questions be it internally or externally.
Starting with the serious part of things, you have to love just how perceptive Hirotaka is. Whether it be about Narumi or himself, it’s definitely an experience watching him go through his thought process. As the straight-faced deadpan MC of the show, it’s never failed to surprise me when the story reminds us just how much is going on inside that brain of his — and this week wasn’t any different. However, what I think surprised me the most this week was just how raw his feelings were toward the end of the episode. Seeing how he isn’t the most confidant boyfriend out there, it’s been real enlightening to see him be so humble when he confronts his inner struggles. Whether that’s comparing himself to Narumi’s ex-boyfriends or wondering whether Narumi is enjoying the time she’s spending with him, it’s just the right amount of self loathing that really turns him into something more. That and, I think it’s awesome that Hirotaka is also able take action when the time calls for it and I can’t express how appreciative I am for this.
Amongst all of that heavy relationship stuff was some amazingly cute moments between both couples that I started getting jealous over them. The biggest of which was that stupidly cute rule of avoiding any otaku-speak while on Hirotaka and Narumi’s date. Something that I was expecting to eventually see, but was surprised just how well it worked in practice. Besides providing Narumi an ample amount of situations to show off her wide range of faces, it was nice to see the two try and figure out what to talk about when their biggest shared interest became taboo.
Overall, another strong episode that really dove deep and gave us a closer look at our two couples. With the pace that things are going at, I’m really hoping that these last few episodes kick it into gear and show us something real lovey-dovey before the season comes to a close. In any case, I’ll catch you guys next week. See you then!
ED2: 「明日もまた」 (Ashitamo Mata) by halca