「一人目の仲間が女の子だとしばらくデート気分で冒険できる」 (Hitorime no Nakama ga On’na no Ko da to Shibaraku Deeto Kibun de Bouken Dekiru)
“When a Girl’s Your First Friend, Life Feels Like a Date for a While”
From learning to action to, well, other things in between, Jaku-Chara certainly is wasting little time in getting to the good stuff. Three episodes in and it’s finally onto the fun of relationships, though whether it’s going to be as smooth sailing for Fumiya as before is firmly up in the air.
While my concerns about Jaku-Chara sacrificing entertainment for the sake of education remain strong, this episode (for me) gets closer to the ideal compromise between the two aspects. Fumiya’s repeated attempts at striking small talk with Yuzu were the best example, highlighting the often immense difficulty of just coming up with suitable conversation openers when you’re not socially inclined without having to explicitly dissect and explain every step. All Aoi has to do, like she did this week, is simply give Fumiya a few pointers, point him in the right direction, and tactfully kick his ass when required; the guy as artfully shown will easily take care of the rest.
The real meat and potatoes this week though lay in the relationship building, and oh boy is the drama coming on fast. Just take Aoi’s weekly Yuzu talk training, that wasn’t just to force Fumiya out of his comfort zone, it was to also gauge what Fuuka would do after seeing Fumiya repeatedly approach Yuzu out of the blue. Guaranteed Aoi knows Fuuka harbours some degree of interest in Fumiya, and there’s often no better way of catalyzing development than with some jealousy. There’s no certainty Fumiya and Fuuka will wind up together—Fumiya’s holdup on being sincere is going to be a major roadblock—but all these types of relationships really need is a bit of mutual crushing and desire will take care of the rest.
At least until you factor a potential competitor into the equation of course, but we’ll just have to wait and see what comes of Yuzu’s pointed outburst. After all, Fumiya has to leave the Aoi nest at some point, and this surprise might just be the first real test of his wings.
Oh how the shopping scene hit me in the feels – and probably some others too. I know I’m not the only one who also sometimes practices conversational enquiries and potential responses in advance!