「広がる世界」 (Hirogaru Sekai)
“An Expanding World”
Nothing says summer like ice cream and humidity. And nothing more miserable than braving the summer heat with a broken AC. When I was in college, my dorm had only fans and it was so brutal, I ended up making my own AC (didn’t feel like paying for a legitimate one)- though it probably wasn’t as brutal as the Japanese summer humidity (from what I’ve heard), so I can only imagine what it was like for Tsukasa and Nasa. Thankfully, handyman Nasa’s on the job and he purchases and installs the AC in swift, reliable fashion. Is there anything this guy can’t do- besides plan a wedding?
En route to installing their new AC, the Yuzaki pair stop at a hardware rental shop to borrow some tools, courtesy of Nasa’s middle school classmate, Nakiri. For the first time that we’ve seen, Tsukasa actually gets kind of jealous when she sees that Nakiri and Nasa go way back- not that Tsukasa had anything to worry about, Nakiri for one, is devoted to her machines. From Nasa and Nakiri’s conversation, I was kind of almost wondering if Nakiri at one point in time had a one-way thing for Nasa but I guess not, based on her surmise at the end there- “I should find myself a wife”.
Tsukasa and Nasa run through a Goldilocks scenario with the AC- one is too hot, another too cold until finally, they find the “just right” happy medium- albeit only half a degree higher than what they started with. Frankly, I don’t see anything wrong with a little too cold- it would be a good excuse to snuggle up together. But maybe that would be too much for this pair to handle. Also, why is Tsukasa wearing long sleeved pajamas in such hot weather? No wonder she felt warmer than Nasa who was dressed more reasonably for the weather.
Kyuuma is one presumptuous (and annoying) kid. It felt like that scene where she kept insisting that Tsukasa pretend to be Kaname would never end. I think the show should limit itself to our main pair, Kaname and Aya, and the teacher couple and all would be good. Nakiri wasn’t annoying either, though.
The ending bit with Nasa gushing to Nakiri on everything he liked about being married was plenty adorable, sort of almost made me wish for the same thing as Nasa/Tsukasa, though clearly over-idealized. It was cute and funny to see Nasa base his knowledge of what all women must be like based on his wife’s propensities, like choosing cookies based on cute packaging (I’m with Tsukasa on that one) or drinking warm water (LOL definitely not a thing all girls do). What it boils down to in the end is that Tsukasa has broadened Nasa’s horizons in ways he would never have imagined, which I think is an important ingredient in any good relationship, to get one another out of their comfort zone and see things from a new angle.
What’s with their room temperatures? I’d swelter. I keep my house at 20C and that’s plenty warm enough most of the time. Still, I suppose Japan is the country that has bath water at 40C, so it figures.