「温泉と彼女」 (Onsen to Kanojo)
“Hot Springs and Girlfriend”
Ahh yes, now we’re entering the true romance fun and games. And, well, some other things too. Kanojo Okarishimasu may be quickly settling into the well-engineered romcom format of waifu ping pong, but for all the derivation and hair pulling insanity, there’s a part which prevents easy prediction of where this train is going. Chizuru may have pulled ahead for the moment, yet with another competitor on the horizon, all bets are truly off.
As should be clear to anyone deigning to stick with this show
and masochistically suffer along with me, Kazuya is not going to fall far from the romance MC tree. Hell, for that matter he might even find a way to crawl back up the damn thing. This scene I imagine will be drawing the most attention and head through wall activity among the proverbial peanut gallery for obvious reasons, although for me it’s his interactions over his reactions that draw the most ire. Saving Chizuru for example was a good moment for the kid to finally realize he sees Chizuru as more than a rental girlfriend (as Chizuru herself is certainly seeing him as more than a client now), but to come to it through near-obsessive focus on CPR? Legitimate or not (and it is an anime trope to be fair), it just reinforces how Kazuya seemingly only focuses on attention above all else and never tries to look beyond the pretty face. The rebound back and forth might provide sufficient drama gristle, but eventually Kazuya will have to start considering what each girl wants and likes if he’s ever going to start finding success.
The interesting bit going forward though will inevitably be Mami (as usual). The girl has now been shown up by Chizuru twice, and the second time in a way that all but guarantees some serious frustration and rage on her part. Need look no further than the rate the relationship temperature dropped below zero. I’m honestly curious seeing what Mami does next, because while she’s not immediately interested in Kazuya, there’s no way she’ll let Chizuru show her up so much, especially after all the effort she already put into her little scheme. And whatever actions result you can bet they’ll just so happen to start getting thinking of Kazuya as more than a simple stepping stone. Chizuru after all has already begun that switch of mentality, it’s only fair Mami does as well to ensure this drama train never ceases moving forward.
Considering the next competitor is set to appear, she might want to get a move on before Kazuya’s attention is irrevocably taken elsewhere.