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Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai – 12

「突然、ごめん」 (Totsuzen, Gomen)
“Sorry for Surprising You”

Okay, apparently this wasn’t the last episode! Good, good. My information was incorrect, so I was a bit perturbed leading up to this, but it looks like the concluding arc will have room to breathe after all. Which means it’s time to set aside the final impressions I had brewing, and talk about what went down instead.

The truth is, this episode (and I suspect, next episode as well) are what I was hoping for from Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai for a while. Things are happening now, baby, we’re not all stalled out while emotions percolate. The complexion of the love tangle is also different than I had expected during the start of the season, with Kaoru’s attention actually focused on Mitsuyoshi (not as a love interest for Alec), while it’s the snarl between Teresa / Charles / Alec / Mitsuyoshi that’s fueling most of the drama. The important thing is that it’s all moving now, with big reveals (for the characters) in this episode and a big conclusion promised for next. And who knows how it will turn out.

Which is great! That’s why I love covering (and watching) original series, because we don’t know how it will turn out. We can read the tea leaves, but it’s difficult with this series precisely because it hasn’t been firing on all cylinders. Compare it to last season’s Sora Yori mo Tooi Basho—and get used to me making reference to YoriMoi, it’s entered my collection of go-to examples and will be dredged up often … you know you love it—which was well put-together and adroitly told, which made it predictable on the one hand and devastatingly powerful on the other. Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai sagged in the middle, and it’s unclear exactly what it’s ultimate message is trying to be. Is it duty? Is it sacrifice? Is it happiness? Is it a balance of several of these, and more? It hasn’t been clear enough in its thematic thoroughfare, so I’m not sure. I’d probably put my money on duty, with Teresa and Mitsuyoshi parting ways, but only barely. I could see sacrifice too (Charles’, to be specific), and won’t be surprised if that’s the way it goes. Or something entirely different. That’s what makes it fun!

As for the actual going-ons of this episode, I like that secrets are finally being revealed. The truth of Teresa’s identity as princess of Larsenburg was expected, but Teresa finding out about Alec’s feelings for Charles was appreciated. This is the time for the series to lay it all on the table, and it is. With these few characters, at least.

I also quite like that Rachel’s relationship with Mitsuyoshi’s grandfather is that of a former coworker. No lost love, no sister he hasn’t seen in a while, nothing like that. It reminds me of The Last Jedi, and how sometimes the less satisfying answer is the correct one. She was in the story to connect Teresa and Alec to the crew in Japan initially, and to connect Mitsuyoshi back to Teresa now. Anything more overwrought than that would have been distracting.

Mostly though, I like how focused this episode was, and how it tees up the big questions for answering in the finale. Hopefully Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai can live up to the hype in its final arc and end the series with a bang.

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June 21, 2018 at 5:59 pm
  • June 21, 2018 at 6:37 pmNaweG

    You get a heartbreak… and you get a heartbreak… and everybody gets a heartbreak. I mean even if we assume the story will be “love conquers all” there are couples that can’t be together without someone making a sacrifice for someone else. So who’s happiness is REALLY important?

  • June 21, 2018 at 7:52 pmXiV


    Your a funny man Stills.

    Of all the screenshots to get you uploaded this abomination.

  • June 21, 2018 at 10:18 pmHenrietta Brix

    My heart can’t take it. I can’t find the tears to shed

  • June 21, 2018 at 10:22 pmsailor80

    This could be the story of why, “Tada doesn’t fall in love”. Things are looking grim, and a lot of pain could be dished out.

  • June 22, 2018 at 5:23 amJeffers

    We can all see Teresa is girl who has a strong sense of responsibility that I feel she will choose taking over as a queen of her country disregarding her own happiness. Charles is a good guy definitely unlike most romance that has guy #2 being the big bad. Tada is well damn oblivious until its too late. For sure next episode like 80% sure, we will know why the title is tada kun doesnt fall in love. Well unless we missed something important. That will reverse the possible ending. But oh well. We still have the love team C of hajime and hina. I hope hajime learns hina’s secret

  • June 22, 2018 at 11:08 amHalfDemonInuyasha

    I’d say my only complaint about the episode was the ending. I love Ijuin, but the comedic aspect was really…I guess no other way to say but inappropriate this time. You’d think he’d put the comedy on hold when he saw Mitsuyoshi seriously crying like that.

    • June 22, 2018 at 7:48 pmbookkid900

      Considering that Mitsuyoshi didn’t cry at his parent’s funeral, I wasn’t too surprised that Ijuin reacted the way that he did.

      • June 22, 2018 at 11:45 pmHalfDemonInuyasha

        Genuine surprise is fine, but exaggerating it to such a degree like that was a bit too much, IMO.

  • June 23, 2018 at 4:08 pmdraksig

    Personally I was hoping he would get pissed off instead of crying. Hope he burns the letter and moves on with his life. I know he won’t and we will be given an ending that will get my blood sugar up just from watching it.