“Be Sure to Change the Future”
Sundays at 12:30 pm EST on Crunchyroll
Maria decides she no longer wants her power and enlists Yamada’s help. He tracks down a so-called “Witch Killer” named Tamaki to remove it, but as always there are demands to be met and Student Council politics to navigate. Before Maria’s power can be removed, Yamada sees a glimpse of a future he is determined to change.
I was ready to tear into this week’s episode for the continuing insane pace and skipping details but the end results were too good for me to stay mad. Full disclosure: I’ve had a bit of the manga spoiled for me so I kind of knew Yamada was going to sort out his feelings for Shiraishi quickly. I’m not any less happy that he does though. Their relationship has been my favorite type of romance, the kind that just happens naturally. As many lesser love stories have proven, continuing to delay the inevitable would be infuriating. Of course there’s still plenty of room to ruin things as there’s a long way to go from admitting you love someone to something more substantial, but it’s a great place to start.
More important than the romance aspect though is how well they’ve kept the two on equal standing. I adored Shiraishi’s response to Yamada wanting to “save” her for lack of a better term. As the cool voice of reason between the two, you kind of feel like she would have figured things out without him. Still, as in real life, it’s so much better to tackle problems with someone you care about and seeing the two trust each enough to swap bodies for several days was really sweet. It was somehow even sweeter that Yamada said what he had to say after they switched, the kind of bizarrely adorable scene you can only get watching anime.
On a different note, I also thought it was cool that another guy has a similar power to Yamada’s. We’re all programmed to see the main character – the all powerful audience proxy – as someone special. So it’s interesting to suggest Yamada is unique but not THAT unique. It’s just one more way that Yamada-kun is subtly different than the competition, which makes it much easier to forgive its shortcomings. Would it be nice to know plot points like how Yamada found about Tamaki? Sure, but if we need to skip ultimately unimportant details for the amount of substance we got this episode, I can live with that.