「かぐや様は呼ばせたい / 白銀御行は負けられない / そして石上優は目を閉じた」 (Kaguya-sama wa Yobasetai / Shirogane Miyuki wa Makerarenai / Soshite Ishigami Yū wa Me o Tojita )
“Kaguya Wants Her to Say It / Miyuki Shirogane Can’t Lose / Yu Ishigami Closes His Eyes”
This time, I saw it coming.
With the exception of our new character introduction, most of the events in this week’s episode were pretty redundant. Ditsy Chika yet again steals Kaguya’s spotlight but never forgets to redeem herself (even though she’s oblivious to Kaguya’s fury). Kaguya and Shirogane continue to compete against one another. And Ishigami, well, he remains Kaguya’s tortured victim. It’s definitely repetitive but damn, the writing is good. Regardless of how many times these characters repeat the same old patterns, I can’t help but let out a genuine laugh. I know what’s coming, yet I still laugh. If that isn’t a sign of good writing, I don’t know what is.
Since there isn’t much more I want to dive into this week and the overall plot seems to be at a standstill, I’ll list a few episode highlights:
- Chika’s attempt to whistle. I hope she never succeeds.
- Not one, but two of Ishigami’s beautiful eyes.
- Narration about Chika’s naive ways.
- Shadowboxing. I have a newfound fondness for shadowboxing.
- Third chapter’s soundscape, specifically the sound of the whip.
- Bonding between Kaguya and Ishigami.
I will, however, take a moment to focus on our new Shirogane. ‘Pristine’ is the word that comes to mind when Kei (Suzushiro Sayumi), Shirogane’s little sister, makes her floral debut. What could be a fun comedic love triangle might actually evolve into a sinister sibling rivalry. Although Kei gets along well with my main girl Chika, she doesn’t seem to have an easygoing personality. I wonder how this will turn out or if it will ever develop…
Again, the recurring dynamics have their strengths, but the main story arc’s general slow pace is creating a huge void. I’m craving substance. I’m hoping this’ll rectify itself in upcoming episodes.