「屋上の告白」 (Okujou no Kokuhaku)
“Confession on the Rooftop “
The second episode of Go-Toubun no Hanayome scratched an itch I didn’t realize was there with how Miku ended up being extremely cute. By showing Miku’s hidden obsession with Sengoku-era warlords, it not only gave her more knowledge to work with despite her and her sisters’ academic failings, but also gives her far more characterization as she tries to keep her repressed love a secret from her sisters.
This episode’s main focus is on learning about what makes Miku tick. Even though she is often shy around others, it is the only way she was able to enjoy her hobby without the fear of being judged. Starting from the feelings she has for older, bearded generals from a historical app game, she then became obsessed with Sengoku warriors to the point of studying Japanese history. As a result, she’s able to answer every historical question she’s given despite failing in other subjects. Even though the Nakano’s siblings’ go-to response to Fuutarou’s tutoring is to run away as far as they can together, Miku showed the most creativity by putting on a bow to impersonate Yotsuba and point him in the wrong direction. It’s a funny moment, but it shows the hint of craftiness that Miku has in her problem-solving efforts. Another aspect of what make’s Miku’s point-of-view so special was being able to understand how important it is for her to find someone to talk with regarding her love for the Sengoku era. In the process of accepting Fuutarou’s tutoring offers, she’s also working towards an overall goal of being proud of what she knows, and trying not to see Sengoku-era history as a personal shame of hers.
It was also impressive to have Miku see through Fuutarou and show him that there are still things that even he needs to learn. For being an astute person, Fuutarou’s knowledge on everything isn’t as encyclopedic as what Miku knows about the Sengoku era. This becomes a thorn in Fuutarou’s side because not only did his lack of knowledge in some references make Miku disinterested in learning under him, but most importantly, it was a wake-up call not to underestimate the Nakano sisters. To have been told he might not have all the answers rankled him so much that he used his studying habits to learn everything he needed to in order to match Miku. At the same time, his efforts would eventually drive him to do more to help these girls than to just hit their sweet spots or cater to their interests under the assumption that they’ll eat from the palm of his hand. Under that mentality, it only brought him to stumble around Miku. It’s honestly refreshing to see that Fuutarou isn’t completely perfect or stoic as he re-evaluates his approach and tries his best to make up for acting like he had all of the answers that Miku already knew. Additionally, knowing how gifted Miku is in her historical knowledge helped Fuutarou understand how the Nakano sisters are pieces to a bigger puzzle since each of them are masters of only one trade.
I absolutely loved Miku, her quirks, and her growth as she decided to open up to tutoring, but the episode also gives us some extra tidbits on the other girls. Yotsuba continues to be such an amazing support system to Fuutarou as she is the only sister to eagerly ask for his advice on her poor exams. Additionally, she tries to make strides to help Miku get more accustomed to Fuutarou so she too can benefit from his tutoring, although some of this motivation is Yotsuba really wanting to know if Miku has a hidden crush. And speaking of that, Ichika has her humorous streak continue as well with how she tries to act as Fuutarou’s wingman to get some alone time with Miku and encourage Fuutarou to appreciate the idea that studying distracts them from being young and alive. It was also amusing to see how flustered Fuutarou got about the possibility of getting a love letter from Miku even after acting like love is a waste of time.
It wouldn’t exactly be accurate to say that Go-Toubun no Hanayome is a guilty pleasure since it’s been doing a great job as a harem anime so far. However, it was hard not to be in high spirits after finding out how adorable and charming Miku turned out to be. I suppose that the nerdy moe appeal of Miku was too irresistible not to find endearing. It might be comfort food, but it’s just the right level of feel-good to make Go-Toubun no Hanayome an exciting series to continue following. I’m looking forward to seeing what the anime does to expand on Nino next time around.