「かぐや様は許せない / かぐや様は許したい / 白銀御行は出かけたい」 (Kaguya-sama wa Yurusenai / Kaguya-sama wa Yurushitai / Shirogane Miyuki wa Dekaketai)
“Kaguya Won’t Forgive / Kaguya Wants to Forgive / Miyuki Shirogane Wants to Go Somewhere”
Expect the unexpected. Of course, that’s only if you haven’t read the manga.
The dynamic between Kaguya and Shirogane is clearly evolving. What used to be arguments motivated by pride has now turned into an actual lover’s spat. This is the typical kind of escalation you’d find in any relationship-based argument provoked by pent up emotions. It seems they’re discovering for themselves that dishonesty and withholding their true intentions will often result in a loss for both sides. I was pretty surprised to find out Kaguya was frustrated because Shirogane didn’t take advantage of her but I was even more taken aback by the fact that she reached out to touch his lips. Ballsy! I would never in a million years be able to do that to a friend, let alone a crush. I’m slowly inching my way over to her side now that she’s shown some real inner strength rather than resorting to deception. She left both Shirogane and I in awe.
Shifting over to Chika, I really did wish she could read the room. Can you imagine the potential development had Kaguya and Shirogane successfully fed each other cake? ~ dokidoki ~ Predictably enough, after Ishigami runs out in a panic to get her, Chika makes a swift appearance and ‘resolves‘ the hour-long standoff.
In general, the characters’ reactions have been somewhat predictable, I assume because of the genre, however this episode brought out some pretty out-of-character reactions from Kaguya. She’s bashful, she’s adorably insecure about whether or not she’s attractive enough, and she gives off the best blank stare I’ve seen in the series yet. I actually can’t believe she’s been so effortlessly defeated. I guess the Chika effect is Kaguya’s kryptonite, huh?
That said, we’re finally inching into the peak of the season. We’re headed into summer break and although it might not include a steamy sleepless night away from the city between our protagonists, I’m definitely looking forward to August 24th’s matsuri. I bet Chika’s fear of missing out buys her an expensive plane ticket back to Japan right in time for the festivities and I’ll add onto that bet that Kaguya will stun both Ishigami and Shirogane by wearing a gorgeous yukata.