「嘘と彼女」 (Uso to Kanojo)
“Lies and Girlfriend”
There’s meeting the family, and well, there’s meeting the family. Or as Kanojo Okarishimasu likes to call it, just another day in the neighbourhood. After the literal stalking of last week I know I’m far from the only one thinking we were due for a bit a levity, but it seems when it comes to Ruka everything is far from laid back. And not like it’s all bad—we now have a proper love triangle on our hands.
While Ruka’s reasons for going all in on the Kazuya ship remain unspoken (if pretty easily guessed), there’s no denying this girl knows how to get things moving. Calling out both Chizuru and Kazuya for perpetuating their lie is the exact thing they need to hear as neither has shown any willingness to actually expunge it themselves. Sure pretty words may be told by them and personal promises made to correct matters later, but as Ruka all but drilled into the main couple this week, dragging things out is only going to make the pain worse later on. If either truly cared about their grandmothers they wouldn’t keep the act up, however as is pretty obvious the mutual fear is doing so will lead to a termination of consistently growing feelings. I wouldn’t fret too much if I was in Kazuya’s shoes, Chizuru just has yet to piece her own two and two together.
For all the good of movement though we also got (once again) some noticeable downsides—and damn does this show know how to make the worst of them. Ruka for example was the epitome of clingy this week, deliberately intruding in on an event she had no right to partake in, and making every effort to upset the Chizuru applecart. The sheer audacity is quite impressive, but it really sends the wrong message because it does nothing to help her cause. Blackmail? Guilt tripping? They do nothing to build the connections required to sustain a legitimate relationship and only ensure Kazuya will keep wanting to run far away (mostly). Nevertheless, this also doesn’t excuse Kazuya’s treatment of Ruko because there were far better ways to attempt getting rid of her than labelling her a pathological liar. Besides highlighting the stark ineptitude of Kazuya, these actions also reinforce his cowardice and unwillingness to take responsibility. Remember all that talk about wanting to improve? This was the ideal moment for it! Instead we’re effectively right back where we started, albeit with a trial girlfriend now in tow and a rental girlfriend on the precipice of realizing one professional relationship isn’t so professional anymore.
If I wasn’t so morbidly curious seeing what Kazuya is tripped into next I’d honestly start worrying about grandma Kazuya. If she thought things were weird with two girls, just wait until the third contender makes her appearance.