“Kiss Me, Okay?”
Sundays at 12:30 pm EST on Crunchyroll
Yamada and Shiraishi’s situation gets more complicated when another student legitimately wants to join The Supernatural Research Club. They have no choice but to try and play along, but can they keep their secret with a new member around?
I’m glad to see Yamada-kun keep up the level of quality promised in the first episode. Itou is a solid addition to the cast. There was something incredibly sweet about her actually getting excited about joining the club and heartbreaking when the truth came out. The whole situation had a lot of surprisingly realistic nuance to it when you think about it.
For one, Yamada and crew weren’t intentionally being cruel to Itou, they just didn’t stop to think about how she feels since they didn’t know her. It’s so easy to fall into that trap with other people at school or work, I know I’ve accidentally done it before. You also couldn’t help but feel bad about everyone else’s view of Itou, not because you’d expect them to believe her but how they all look down on her for being passionate about something. That’s a tendency that drives me crazy with people in their teens and early 20’s sometimes, again myself included I’m ashamed to say. As crazy as the circumstances in the episode are, I’m impressed with that level of insight the author seems to show.
Of course that realism takes a few hits beyond the magic body swapping. The fact that Itou couldn’t just buy the “supernatural” items on amazon and had to seek some shady fake magic rock dealer under the bridge was pushing the limits of my suspension of disbelief. I was also kind of uncomfortable how Yamada forced himself on Itou to swap bodies and how the whole group was cool with essentially kidnapping her to keep their secret, none of which had any repercussions. I guess the fact that Yamada-kun has consistently kept the boys and girls on equal standing until now helps in context, but I still wasn’t comfortable with it.
Assuming Yamada-kun has gotten that out of their system, I am just as optimistic moving forward as I was when we started. My top concern now is there seems to be a lot of characters left to introduce and develop and presumably only 10 episodes left to do it. Seeing as I already like the ones we have, I don’t want to leave them on the backburner either. I’m feeling good about the author’s ability to write them, but now can the director pack them all in? I think I’ll enjoy Yamada-kun regardless but that is definitely a concern.
One last thing: can we talk about how Yamada has a giant stuffed yakisoba bread character on his bed and there is ZERO acknowledgement of it? Best joke of the series so far.