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|A couple people commented on last week’s Apollon post that they wanted to see Sen get some kind of happy ending. If any opportunity to do as much would be next episode. More on that later.|
Ah yes, finally, a scene we’ve been wanting to happen for about 4-5 episodes now. It’s not the manly way, but it certainly is Kaoru’s way. It’s almost a “too good to be true” situation for him once he gets a clearer understanding that Ri’ko likes him. With the bath scene and the house scene, I think all he really wanted her to do is more explicitly confirm where she stands. Have those feelings for Sentarou gone away for good? Is this alright for the both of us? The more I think about and analyze Kaoru’s character, the more I like the way he is portrayed in the anime. He exhibits some spineless-like qualities, but it’s not without defined reasoning.
There was a little bit of a tug-of-war going on between the two, and with one sentence from Ri’ko about him having a lack of confidence, she finally got through to him and put the ball in his court. “Are you going to confess to me or not?” she dared. And Kaoru stepped up like KD and was clutch in the closing moments. (No LeBron in the way to foul him)
Judging from the mentioning of seasons, I’m guessing that roughly 4 months have passed since Kaoru and Ri’ko had their moment and that nothing exciting has happened since; kind of recalls me back to the series Beck where Koyuki and Maho got together, then with a passing of time device we find out things didn’t work out between them. There’s still a string of hope for these two, but so far it would seem like Kaoru hasn’t gotten to touch her plots or backstory. Poor dude.
I’m guessing the anime cut something out of the time in between the confession scene to where we are now, but I’m gonna presume that an anime-only viewer is not missing out on much afterwards.
Sentarou is going through a real rough time right now. Yurika’s no longer around for him to fawn over, his buddy Jun taking her away from him, and now mention of his father returning home who has had, and maybe still has, some issues with alcohol.
What exactly is the show and Sentarou signaling at with him letting his “girlfriend” fly away and wanting Kaoru to take care of Ri’ko? Is he just running away? If so, doesn’t that seem a little cold to all of his siblings, especially Sachiko who has just as much fear about what their father might be like, even if he’s gotten better? I expect better out of him, so it would be disappointing if he does just up and run away from the situation.
So… how do we get a happy ending out of this? Would it have to take Kaoru and/or Ri’ko finding and saving Sen somehow? Friendship has been the most important thing of note for Sen in the series (as seen in episode 6), so that would be the “friendship conquers all” way. Maybe his dad truly has improved. I highly doubt that, but it isn’t totally outside the realm of possibility.
The way Sen brushed off his dad’s return home to Kaoru was pretty sly of him. He did it in a way that made Kaoru feel reaffirmed that they were going to play together. Though it’s a damned lie, pretty well executed on his part.
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This episode moreso than any other in the series gave me that feeling of, “wow, they are really blazing through stuff.” Thinking back on the shoujou romance shows I’ve seen, pacing like this would be jarring. While Watanabe is making tough decisions and cuts to get the whole Apollon story in the anime, one thing I like is how small the core cast of characters is. There were 5, and then after last week it dwindled down to 3, so there’s not many sources for Kaoru and others to go and mope over their troubles.
I’m really hoping for the best out of Sen’s situation, but I’m preparing myself for a bittersweet conclusion to the series (which I think is 12 episodes instead the noitaminA-standard 11).