This show decides to slow down like nobody’s business. It’s pretty bad when you’re being beaten out as a competent romance by a gag comedy show.
It’s been harder and harder to keep up with this show as the weeks have gone on. I imagine you could imply by my bi-weekly format that I was already starved for things to talk about, but this episode takes the cake. I suppose it would have been hard to fit everything from this and the proceeding episode into one show, but it just makes this episode feel super hollow and boring. I do like that it at least tried to give Kominato some more characterization this episode. You can tell that he actually does value the friendship he’s found in the student representative group, and he stands up for them when they’re being mistreated. It’s too bad so much focus is on Kou and Futaba, as it’d be nice to learn how Kominato and Murao met in the first place.
This show is starting to have way too many coincidental distractions. I know Shoujo thrives on misdirection in order to keep people wondering if this is finally when there’ll be a confession, but it gets irksome real fast. Combine that with the fact that this episode was already dragging its feet and the scene between Yuuri and Kou just felt like an eternity. At least at the end of the episode they made it seem like there was some possibility of something big happening, but it
As if Kou’s backstory wasn’t tragic enough. It does give a bit more sympathy to his personality. Before I felt, even for a child of divorce, that he would act extremely petty. Watching your mom waste away before you? That’s a whole different level of trauma to deal with for a kid that’s just started to grow up. It still doesn’t excuse his actions, but getting to know this new bit of his life makes his actions much more understandable. I also like how it gave us new context on the relationship between Kou and Youichi. There were some easy assumptions that could be made as to why their relationship became strained, but this really hit close to home. A similar situation happened in my family, so it’s easy to see how Kou could become angry with how Youichi acted. At the same time, his fears are easy to understand. There’s no easy way to see the people you love slip away.
If there’s one thing I still compliment this show on, it’s that its teenagers still act much like real teenagers. The girls put on a brave face in saying their competition for Kou’s affection would have no hard feelings, and yet already both of them have gone behind the other’s back in order to fulfill their jealousy or distrust for one another. Yuuri is really showing her true colors these past few episodes, and I commend the show for not letting things be hunky dory. They make up at the end of this episode, but I doubt this will be the last we see of problems between the two.