「真実と彼女」 (Shinjitsu to Kanojo)
“Truth and Girlfriend”
Ahh, from the joys of agonizing computer upgrades to total and complete package diabetes, I think I’ve had my fill of ups and downs. Hard complaining too much about the latter though, because after weeks of frolicking with the disaster that is Kazuya, we actually got a pretty sweet episode this week. And if that wasn’t enough, just wait for next week. Oh yes, it’s Mami time.
For all that I may rip into Kanojo Okarishimasu for sticking close to the romance strategy (often a little too close), Sumi is arguably one of the better characters featured of late. While the shy introverted girl is a dime a dozen in the cookie cutter isle, Sumi for me plays the part well by going all in on the concept. This ain’t generic moe or the usual cuteness, it’s full blown social anxiety tied up in a girl who’s really just trying her hardest. And the best part is Kazuya, bless his annoying soul, complements the game at play here. It would be too easy to just have Kazuya as embarrassed and squeamish as Sumi for example, but because he’s coming to the situation from a level of experience (heh), we get some fine—and dare say organic—development on the part of our latest pairing. While I don’t expect the magic to last that long (in part because once Sumi develops feelings the drama will commence), considering what we could’ve received, I’ll take all the cuteness I can get. All of it.
Where I imagine some will be waiting with baited breath though is with Mami, and for pretty obvious reasons. Frankly I expected her back sooner rather than later, but in the frame of discovering Kazuya’s (and Chizuru’s) secret? Oh now that’s just dirty. Unlike Ruka you know the pint sized blondie won’t be preserving her bullets given how Kazuya has thoroughly wormed under her skin and clearly upset whatever plan or whimsy she had on her mind. While doubtful we’ll discover the specific reason of her angst before the ending next week (that would likely be an episode in of itself), at least the drama will be plentiful because you can bet Kazuya is going to do whatever is needed to keep the damage restricted to close friends and known rental girlfriends.
Quite a good thing Ruka is around as the “official” girlfriend for these kind of scenarios then wouldn’t you say? Yeah, this finale is going to be a blast.