「颯爽と、平塚静は前を歩く。」 (Sassou to, Hiratsuka Shizu wa mae o Aruku)
“Gallantly, Shizuka Hiratsuka Moves Forward”
The Ship that was Never Meant to Be
When Iroha bantered with Hachiman in the Audio Visual room, it made me wish she was the end girl. Cheekiness, chemistry and flair. Iroha has it all. She also offers Hachiman an out to his difficult situation in terms of no longer having a reason to associate with Yui and Yukino – have everyone join the Student Council. Too bad Hachiman’s not interested in her. But I can understand him here. When one person truly likes another person, it’s not like they’ll half-heartedly settle for alternatives on a random whim. And if they do, they’d certainly be morally challenged – which Hachiman is not. So while the interactions between Iroha and Hachiman are really fun, they merely present a pipe dream eulogizing the long-sunken ship. Alas. Though Hachiman does make an extremely spicy joke to Yukino this episode, about how her shoulders can’t possibly hurt due to the lack of weight in a certain area of her body – which he immediately back peddles on when she frostily asks him to repeat what he just said. That said, I think this joke could apply to every female character we’ve seen – except Mamagahama and Kawasaki.
Haruno with some Choice Words
To surmise, prom is a huge success. Yukino’s mum even comes in to congratulate her at the after party. However, Haruno rains on the parade. She reveals that she feels like shit, and though she cares for Yukino, resents the idea that Yukino could easily attain freedom – something she’s desperately sought out for 20 years. It doesn’t seem like she’s going to actively impede Yukino. To me, it seems like she wants to make sure that Yukino is truly deserving – which is why Haruno has opted to make life difficult. And it’s fascinating that she’s also seeking out genuine things – which mirrors Hachiman’s wish, indicating that perhaps she never grew past being a hardcore cynic with trust issues.
Codependency vs Interdependency
I must have fooled myself because I was expecting some real progress once prom was over and done with. And Yukino came so damn close too – with her intimate expression and soft caressing of Hachiman’s shirt. Yet once again, Hikigaya manages to dodge progress by fleeing from Yukino as if he’s Neo dodging bullets in the Matrix. Hell, even Haruno calls the trio out for using codependency as an excuse to justify being distant, so as to avoid any kind of direct confrontation where an unwanted subject matter might come up. Fortunately, Hiratsuka sensei is there to pick him up – taking him to a baseball batting cage to blow off steam, before sitting him down at a bar to dispense her sagely wisdom and advice. Having known the trio for a year, she expresses optimism to contrast Haruno’s cynicism. Namely her belief that their relationship is more than just codependency.
As much as I respect Hiratsuka, I’m not sure I agree with her. The trio’s life essentially revolves around each other, they have no hobbies/interests outside of each other, and their identities come to a stand-still when apart, to the point they just naturally gravitate towards one another. But I could agree that there’s a good chance the trio could develop a healthier set of relationships based off interdependence. Yukino and Hachiman have both taken steps in the right direction. Though ultimately it comes down to clear and effective communication. Hachiman will need to properly reject Yui and properly confess to Yukino to resolve the final piece of the puzzle. And whether he can pull this off in the remaining two episodes remains to be seen.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post – and see you next week to find out how Hachiman will apply Hiratsuka’s advice to his current situation.