「仮カノと彼女」 (Kari Kano to Kanojo)
“Provisional Girlfriend and Girlfriend”
Alright, may have spoken too soon. If last week was spicy this one was downright scalding, and oh boy if the implications aren’t already having me chuckle with excitement. It’s been pretty damn clear Kanojo Okarishimasu was going to go for broke in terms of rom(com) tradition, but we’re just over halfway into female free for all and girl number four has yet to even appear. Obviously there won’t be any resolution in time for that season finale (something something buy the mangaTM), yet the ride is definitely going to be wild.
Given Ruka’s “unique” manner of introduction previously many guessed that she was another rental girlfriend at large, and yes, the pint-sized cutie pie indeed has a thing for cash. Or at least Kazuya, because damn did that take a whiplash twist. While I knew what was coming here (source familiarity is bae) it’s still pretty eye popping to see Ruka’s brazenness in action, especially when you consider this is technically the first time she’s actually held a serious conversation with our resident (yet slowly rehabilitating) simp. Mind you, the show is leaving a good deal unstated as to why Ruka is crushing hard for Kazuya, however given the ED sequence it shouldn’t be too hard to guess. Anytime heartbeats and taking one’s breath away make an appearance you can bet your anime coincidence events are down to adrenaline rush, and Ruka is undoubtably no exception. First loves are always a funny thing.
Besides Ruka though, what really caught my eye this week were the Chizuru-Kazuya interactions. While Chizuru is still in “professional” mode—i.e. raking in the money—she is quietly coming around on that front, both openly acknowledging her own stake in Kazuya’s situation and also being forced to realize some underlying feelings. I wouldn’t expect the girl to start falling head over heels for Kazuya, but it’s not unreasonable to imagine some shifting of her outward opinions, particularly after Ruka lay down that crushing gauntlet. Couple this with Kazuya displaying some remarkable willingness to actually take the initiative and nip major problems in the bud (such as with letting Kuri in on his secret) and I wouldn’t be shocked to see Chizuru start easing up restrictions on their relationship. Probably not enough for any meaningful movement of course, but likely just enough to keep her ship firmly above water.
Now whether that carries over into what chaos will result from Mami’s next appearance is anyone’s guess, but hey, one step at a time.
ED: 「FIRST DROP」by halca