「好きとキスの距離／役者じゃない」 (Suki to kisu no kyori / Yakusha janai)
“The Distance Between Fondness and Kisses / Not One of the Characters”
Ah Fridays, nothing like the feeling of rest, relaxation, and the satisfaction of two nights off with no work the next day (praise be to
engineering office work). Also the joy of getting more Yagakimi, but I think we’re all on the same page when it comes to that one, especially when the show is set to start kicking into high gear.
As mentioned before, Yagakimi, while not lavishly adhering to yuri romance convention, still retains the general aspects and this episode revealed them in all their glory. Seiji obviously is the big one, the first person to actually glimpse the budding girls love slowly coming to a head, and the one (besides Sayaka) who could catalyze the start of any drama. This development should prove no surprise to anyone, romance always needs some form of driver and the easiest method is tension, whether that be through direct competition or the risk of social humiliation. To Yagakimi’s benefit though, Seiji is not likely to follow the same well-trodden path. The kid as self-styled is one more concerned about observation than actual involvement, he enjoys the story but never wishes to see himself play a part. Of course this doesn’t prevent him from choosing to push matters along if they stall—i.e. if Yuu bluntly rejects Touko—but if to tease a little Yagakimi won’t be going down that route. The focus here will remain firmly on our main duo and the actions they themselves take.
Part of the reason for this rests in Yagakimi’s other development this week with Yuu’s mental shift. Again no real surprises here—the girl was always going to creep towards attraction eventually—but in a quiet, organic manner? Definitely interesting. While falling in love through shared moments and curiosity sounds more than a little cliché, it is often the manner through which actual relationships are created and sustained. Touko of course may be the one coming onto Yuu and creating that curiosity, but Yuu is the one who openly allows it. No matter how much Yuu doesn’t profess to feel and thinks Touko’s love is a drag, part of her is thinking she might ignite a spark with one more touch, just one more kiss—it is as Seiji mentions a sign Yuu feels more for her new friend than she realizes, especially when Yuu is concerned more about how discovery of that affection will affect Touko than herself. For all that our pig tailed cutie professes to be unable to love, she’s got all the symptoms and no cure in sight.
How Yuu comes to realize and act on her love will be the next big thing in Yagakimi, but to get there is first going to require a little push or two, and that means conflict isn’t too far on the horizon. Pepper that angus boys and girls, things are about to heat up in here.