All is fair in love and war. Unless you’re Junichi. Then you just break all the rules.
After a complete let down last week, I was hoping that we could get a little more development, without the need to kiss a body part or two. Luckily, this episode does deliver in the sense of development. We left last week with Kaoru finding her mother with another man (scandal!) and she looked a bit distraught about it. And now we reach the conclusion! (On a completely different note, who is HYPED for Bioshock: Infinite? Please tell me I’m not the only one >///<)
Not as romantic as it looks.
We start this weeks episode with Junichi coming into class, noticing that Kaoru is absent. As homeroom draws nearer, he concludes that she’s not turning up to school and he begins questioning her friends. None of them have talked to her since last night, and Junichi begins searching for her, memories flying round his head of their experiences together. Meanwhile, Kaoru wakes up in a manga café.
Please tell me I’m not the only one who thinks she looks like Hermione.
Things escalate when Junichi finds out that Kaoru ran out of her house last night, and she hasn’t been seen since. He skips class and runs all around town, remembering things they’ve done and checking places they’ve been together. Kaoru somehow finds a puppy (Really, who leaves a puppy like that?) and gives it milk, and has a little bit of a cry. As Junichi just misses her at a beach, he wonders to himself why he’s so worried about her.
Even his flashbacks have awesome hair. Go Junichi!
After checking her workplace, he finds she’s still working. He waits out back for her to finish, and they finally have a heart-felt chat. Kaoru reveals she saw her mother with another man and is quick to tear up. She says she doesn’t want another father, and that they are fine on their own. She cries more and then judo throws Junichi. (It completely ruins the moment.) Junichi tell her that he’ll always be there, as her support and they make up pretty well.
Junichi wonders further why he was so worried about Kaoru. He goes over it in his head again and again until he comes to the conclusion that he has a crush on her. That all happens in the bath. The next day, everything is back to normal. Kaoru is back at school and seems to be happy again. Junichi is pleased that everything went well, and we do really get a sense that he’s falling for her. So sweet~
Junichi ponders whether it is time to retire from the bath.
I probably laughed the most at this point. Pure awesome.
“Yes! My hair is incredibly boring!”
I honestly thought he was buying condoms. I spat my drink all over my keyboard in response to my stupidity.
“C’mon man, you gotta tap that!” “Yeah! Tap that good!”
Oh shit, Morpheus! Pick it uuuuuuup!
Much better episode! Thank the lord! Some of my predictions came true from last weeks episode as well! Double score! I loved the flashbacks in this episode. As Junichi was running throughout town, walking past shops where Kaoru and him had been were just great. We weren’t really given a time for when they happened, but that’s really beside the point. Kaoru and Junichi have been together for a long time, and it really shows through that.
While I guessed that Kaoru would depend on Junichi for emotional support, I wasn’t exactly wrong. It was really Junichi who offered that, which in retrospect seems more likely. She also did run away from her mother in the night, so I got that bit right! It wasn’t exactly clear that she had gone home then run off though. Earlier in the episode we were told that she hadn’t been seen since yesterday, then Kaoru revealed she had gone home and had a shouting match with her mother. A minor gripe, but it still kinda broke the flow.
Speaking of breaking the flow, why did Kaoru need to Judo throw Junichi? It was just a little too over the top for my liking. I understand that she’s meant to be like that, boy-ish and whatnot, but a simple cold shoulder would’ve been much more effective in my opinion. Some of Kaoru’s actions don’t really ring true for me, which is a shame. Her arc seemed really promising, seeing as they had been friends for a long time and the seemed to get on so long.
We also get even more side character interaction! Junichi talks to Rihoko about books, and how she falls asleep in walls of text. I’m a little worried about Rihoko’s arc, to be honest. She seems so daft it’s not even funny. I don’t know how they will turn that into romantic, but I guess they can try. We get more of Sae and Ai as well which is good, because I’m looking forward to their stories, as they are great friends of Miya’s. I’m hoping for a lot of brother / sister fights, as they can get pretty messy.
While the arc is better than Haruka’s, it’s still turning out to be disappointing. Kaoru is a much better character with a lot more energy and potential, but it just fizzled out towards the end. If the arc doesn’t conclude nicely I’ll be – once again – disappointed. Sadly, something tells me it wont happen that way. Now I’m just cheering for Ai!
Doesn’t it look a bit like the top of ‘They Agency’ from Crackdown?
Preview: Who’s idea was it to put the images behind clouds? It makes it really hard to see what’s going on! We don’t get any audio clues, but we see a giant tower, some lift doors closing and Junichi looking shocked. Is that really anything new? The outlook doesn’t look good, fellas…