Mitsuo is floundering in his mission as his time filming the Festival Club is running out. Tada Banri gets some ring advice from the most unlikely source, but new developments at the latest festival dance may put in a wrinkle in his plans.
GET OUT AMNESIA GHOST! It’s been awhile since I’ve had a chance to say that and it feels good. In all my skepticism about how Golden Time was going to ramp up the tension I guess I forgot that Tada Banri losing all his present memories was an option. His breakdown came as a complete shock to me as I was certain any drama would have involved Mitsuo, Linda, or Chinami and my heart sank at the prospect of facing a “who’s Koko?” moment in the parking lot. I’m glad they didn’t go that far as I’m not sure my poor heart could take it, not to mention that would probably have regressed the story too far back. Nevertheless, it was an intense reality check and a reminder that Tada Banri’s plotline still has some bite left in it.
Speaking of reality, I found the tension with Chinami to be pretty close to home and I’m sure a lot of people can relate to that awkward feeling of being avoided in a conversation. It’s those little details that make Golden Time feel so much more real than your usual anime romantic comedy, like it was written by a person with an actual social life and not some sheltered otaku trying to justify his introversion… OK let me stop there and just say it’s cool to see situations I can relate to. On the not-so-wild speculation side of things, you have to wonder why Chinami is so upset about the whole situation. It seems the most obvious answer is jealousy, but maybe there’s more to it than that. I’m pretty sure she’s just going to end up with 2D-kun anyway, it’s just going to be a matter of seeing how we get there.
I’m also curious to see how the Mitsuo and Linda thing pans out as any momentum their plot line had fizzled this episode. On the one hand my brain is telling me “pair up Tada Banri and Koko, Mitsuo and Linda, Chinami and 2D-kun” and yet after just praising Golden Time for it’s realistic friendship dynamic that wouldn’t make sense. Things just don’t happen that way in real life. Whatever does happen though, I remain confident that Golden Time is capable of giving us the best outcome this story deserves.