「やはり、一色いろはは最強の後輩である。」 (Yahari, isshiki iroha wa saikyō no kōhai de aru.)
“Iroha Isshiki is the Strongest Junior, as Expected.”
With confirmation that Komachi and Kawasaki’s younger brother had both passed the entrance exam – the Imouto being stressed about exams arc has wholesomely concluded, allowing for the story to fully dedicate itself to what looks to be the primary focus this season. So as we said last week, a graduation prom looks to be on the books. Things seem like they are going smoothly. But I would be surprised if everything panned out perfectly without a hitch.
For now though, Yukino is doing an immaculate job of organizing the event. From nailing down the logistics to arranging a rehearsal that could be used as a promotional video. I have to admit, it was nice to see Hachiman getting involved with helping out, even though he concedes at the end that proms aren’t really for him. And that’s something I could really relate to. I always went to high school and uni proms, and chilled around watching people dance – joining in when prompted to. But I also never really enjoyed partaking in dances myself.
So, which girl is going to reign supreme at prom when it comes to becoming Hachiman’s girlfriend? I’m not sure if Iroha actually likes Hachiman. She certainly seems really playful and flirtatious with him. Exactly how much of it is meant to twist him around her fingers, as opposed to being genuine romantic interest, is hard to say. Then again I’m tone deaf to this kind of stuff and really struggle to pick up on hints. So my judgement was never going to be good in the first place. But I’m secretly hoping she’s the dark horse that will successfully upset the competition. She’s such a charming character. What isn’t there to love? My second favourite pairing would actually be Kawasaki. While she’s something of a side character, her chemistry with Hachiman feels so natural – and I might be pulling this out of my ass but they definitely have some latent sexual tension.
On the other hand, it’s really obvious that Yui likes him. She’s a nice person and tried really hard in this episode to catch his attention when paired together with him. I can appreciate her earnestness. But I’m really not feeling it. He definitely doesn’t see her as anything more than a friend – RIP handmade cookies. And of course, it was confirmed in Episode 1 of this season that Yukino sees Hachiman as more than just a friend. She’s the most likely character to take it all, by my conservative estimate. I hope she’s given space to realise what she wants and grow as a person by successfully handle the Prom with minimal assistance – as opposed to getting bailed out by the 8man in black armour.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post – and see you next week to see how the graduation prom promotional video comes together – and how Yukino’s family-teacher consultation goes.