「イケメン、小林！（いろんな意味で」 (Ikemen, Kobayashi! (Ironna Imi de))
“Hot Guy Kobayashi! (In Many Senses)”
Is it bad to say I was actually expecting Kobayashi to eventually grow a penis as part of some plot point? Well, it finally happened. I appreciate how the series didn’t delve into the traditional fan service moments you would expect from these kind of gender bend situations. Or at least Kobayashi didn’t accidentally mash her face into boobs or blush from inadvertently seeing panties. In fact, as we all knew, Tohru was the one who had been waiting for this moment more than anyone else – only she discovers upon stripping that Kobayashi-san loses all interest. Because well, turns out she had a maid outfit fetish. Who could have known? Nevertheless, despite being self-conscious and flustered, Kobayashi’s self-discipline hugely impressed me.
While Tohru is over the top with her lesbianism, I find it a lot less stifling than Kuroko from To Aru Kagaku no Railgun. Plus it helps we’ve seen the development of her relationship with Kobayashi over many episodes and can see where she’s coming from, whereas Railgun laid it on thick before diving into the exposition. Also it helps that Tohru is way less annoying and has never actually molested Kobayashi the way Kuroko keeps feeling up Misaka Mikoto.
Kobayashi does the right thing taking Iruru under her wing, even though Iruru pulled quite a nasty prank on her. She proves to this jaded, radicalised dragon that there are good humans out there. Ones who will stand for what they believe to be righteous and kind. And Iruru realises this too. She’s done nothing but horrible things to Kobayashi. Yet Kobayashi still protected her and even knowing full well there was a chance she would get hurt in the process. This is precisely how Daryl Davis went about deradicalizing members of the Klu Klux Klan, including their Chief Wizard. By being such an exemplary example of the thing they hate, that they have no choice but to realise their world views are fundamentally flawed, killing their hatred with kindness. So that’s what impresses me most about this particular story arc. It’s very much true to life and a believable account of how someone could come around on their hatred and slowly develop for the better. Although Iruru’s propositions of making kids with Kobayashi left me grimacing – even if I must confess that Tohru’s incredibly heated reaction made me chuckle quite a bit.
If Iruru can’t go to school, and is searching for something to do in life, what will the future hold for her? I suspect she will be sticking around at Kobayashi’s place until she can figure that question out. And I look forwards to seeing how her soul searching plays out. Especially the new experiences she will undergo as well as further changes to her world view when it comes to humans.
Anyway, that’s about everything I wanted to discuss. As always, thanks for reading this post and see you all next week!