「選択問題／続・選択問題」 (Sentaku Mondai / Zoku Sentaku Mondai)
“The Problem with Choices”
If there’s one thing you can bet on when it comes to yuri it’s that there will always be cuteness. Ok, maybe fan service too (there’s an internet rule somewhere on this), but we’re talking about Yagakimi here. Hand holding, kissing, heavy petting? Darling please it’s all about that warm fuzzy feeling of successful relationship building, and this week was no exception.
While I may already know what’s coming down the pipeline later, this episode was probably the one I was most looking forward to for a variety of reasons. This is the point where Yuu starts seriously considering her feelings (or lack thereof) for Touko. This is the moment Touko winds up going all in on her infatuation (because it’s no mere crush now). And by god we cannot overlook that setup for future marriage proposals with some schmoozing with the family—one girl here is definitely forward thinking. Yuu of course though is the important one this week, slowly working her way through the mental reeds to figure out her feelings and what she wants from her relationship with Touko. The girl is gradually realizing she does feel something for her sempai, but the key question is whether that is romantic—i.e. in the vein of Touko’s feelings—or simply platonic and an extension of Yuu’s self-styled “good nature”. Honestly right now it could be either; while Yuu may be truthful in saying she’s not romantically interested in Touko, there’s no denying she’s warming towards Touko and starting to enjoy her company, and it’s not a long jump from enjoyment to desire. We’ll find out in good time what Yuu winds up wanting (the story demands it), but getting to that point will first likely require a shock or two to bring Yuu’s underlying feelings to the fore.
One potential shocker of course lies with Touko and what may happen with her and her feelings. Yuu may be working through her mental maze right now, but as Touko’s jealousy of Seiji shows the other side of the coin isn’t remaining static either. Every little thing Yuu does enhances the desire Touko is feeling, effectively giving our new love addict a new reason to keep on holding out for the moment that affection is reciprocated. It may not be visible right now, but this increasing interest on the part of Touko is slowly pressurizing and it will eventually come to a head. Eventually Touko won’t be able to take any more of Yuu’s fence sitting and will need a proper (and final) answer. It’s anyone’s guess what will happen at that point given Yuu’s own response is also in flux at the moment, but it is coming and is something to definitely watch out for.
After all no romance would be complete without a bit of rough water. It’s just a question of whether Touko’s (and Yuu’s) resolve will prove enough to get them through the storm.