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Ore wo Suki na no wa Omae Dake ka yo – 08

「俺の悲劇は気づくと始まってる」 (Ore no Higeki wa kizuku to hajimatteru)
“Before I Knew it, My Tragedy Had Already Begun”

The moral of the story? Be careful what you wish for. When Joro wished for a harem of girls who would be infatuated with him, I doubt he’d ever expect to get hit by the Monkey’s Paw, with the baseball game being a commonality between every new problem. At least Darth Bench has taken something of a backseat, considering Joro is already at the limits of his sanity.

So there’s a new girl in town. Tsubaki, whose family owns a deep fried meat skewer shop, sold Joro all the skewers he’d saved for Sun-chan after he lost the baseball game. In fact, he brought out every single skewer at the stall. She was so moved by his selflessness and dedication towards his friend that she decided to switch schools and pursue him. Tsubaki is like an angel of salvation, making it clear that her intention is to protect Joro from elements making his life more miserable. She seems like a completely pure and honest maiden. Seems being the key word.

Because if this series has taught me anything, appearances can be really contrary to expectations and just about everyone who’s appeared so far has some kind of moral defect to their character. And an incredibly suspicious event transpires immediately after her introduction, Pansy lends Joro an extremely valuable book to her, Kokoro by Natsume Soseki, hoping that he’ll come to understand something important. Though what exactly she wants him to realise remains a mystery.

However, one twist leads to another turn and he loses the book, only to discover it in an extremely damaged state. Those two girls who helped him search for it have raised my suspicions, since they were in the nearby vicinity during the afternoon, and happened to be in the same place hours later during the night. It’s as if they’d anticipated he would return to search for the book. My gut tells me that they’re linked to Tsubaki, and she has some kind of involvement. After all, she came away from this incident as the only winner – offering Joro a part time job at her family’s fast food store, allowing her to spend more time with him.

My only doubt would be this. With Asunaro having just screwed him over, would OreSuki really pull the same plotline twice in a row? Pansy also flashed an extremely telling smile when she walked away, after Joro manned up to confess about what happened to her precious back. It seems like it was well within her expectations for the book to be damaged – leading me to reckon that she probably set up the whole thing herself. So all according to keikaku. But to what end? What does she want him to realise? I don’t think she’d do it for the sake of doing it to increase her chances with Joro. So I believe she’s sniffed out some nasty intentions and is in the process of locking down the true perpetrator. The thick plottens and my hunch is against Tsubaki, though we’ll have to wait and see how it turns out.

Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thank you for reading this post and see you next week for some more OreSuki!

November 22, 2019 at 7:49 am
3 comments »
  • November 22, 2019 at 11:04 amDave K

    Pretty sure the two girls are former friends/frenemies of Pansy given that they knew someone who owned the book.

    I get the feeling Tsubaki’s issue is going to come back to their interaction at the food stand. Something silly like his mind was on Sun and she was so distracted by his order and what he said that she forgot to charge him for that massive pile of food

  • November 23, 2019 at 3:55 amruicarlov

    “At least Darth Bench has taken something of a backseat”
    I see what you did there…..

  • November 26, 2019 at 9:09 pmIncognito

    The big question I had in mind after watching this episode: What would inspire Youki/Tsubaki’s devotion to Joro-kun?

    Best guess (and I’m going to take the opposite tack to the first comment above): Tsubaki’s family business was already in danger of going under, but Joro’s bulk purchase of deep-fried skewers for Sun-chan (and paying for it beforehand) somehow managed to put Tsubaki’s business back in the black. Youki, not wanting to leave a big debt of gratitude unpaid (and being touched by Joro’s act of selflessness), makes up a convoluted plot that ensures she can pay back that debt to Joro.

    Then again, I’m probably reading too much into this, but considering the twists and turns of the previous arcs, something like that seems par for the course for this show. (Though on third thought, I don’t mind being surprised with something different. Even if it does risk turning Tsubaki into an unsympathetic character.)

    The next episode should start confirming/debunking those theories.

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