“Or fall through the floorboards, or impale yourself on a piece of glass laying about, or accidentally fall out a window”
|…Yes, I realize that the next episode for Tasogare airs tomorrow, but I shave an extreme dislike of putting different episodes in the same post. I swear I’ll get one of these out on time someday. OTL|
Long story short, Yuuko tells Niiya to go away since she figures that she forgot about him because he cause her pain. …And so he goes off with Momoe. Momoe got more exposure this episode, but I just can’t find myself disliking her as much as I did at the beginning of the series. There’s just something about her ability to laugh off things like her chopsticks getting slapped out of her hands that’s kind of charming. She’s still a fool, but now I view that as a positive part of her. …Plus I’ve always liked how accepting she was of Niiya loving a dead girl. She just kind of goes “Oh, I never stood a chance! Ahahaha, okay!” and continues on with her life.
There are just so many great spots to stalk people from in this school
On the other hand, Kirie decides to nag Niiya the entire episode asking if he’s just going to let Yuuko forget about him like that. She’s just another member of the harem, but even without Yuuko around, he still doesn’t pick her. …I’m are you could twist this into some sort of yuri logic where she’s jealous that Niiya is stealing away her sismance partner, but it’s hard for me to picture that since she’s still throwing herself at Niiya. When she suggested growing out her hair to replace Yuuko, it was so hard to watch. She does the same thing in the manga, but it feels more like she’s trying to cheer him up from the visuals rather than blatantly hit on him. Even worse, towards the end, she suddenly changes her attitude and starts saying that Niiya and Yuuko could never be together. Wtf, girl. I’m sure Kirie had some pretty mixed feelings about the whole thing since it’s hard watching Yuuko depressed while Niiya goes prancing around with Momoe, but at the same time, if he got back with Yuuko, Kirie still wouldn’t stand a chance. …That doesn’t make her actions any more appealing though.
Now it’s interesting that Shadow Yuuko was the one to violently tear away Kirie from Niiya (and she was most likely the one to push away Momoe’s chopsticks). One, it means that Yuuko indeed shoved more negative emotions on her Shadow (…it sounds like I’m talking about Persona 4), and so Shadow Yuuko remembered Yuuko’s feelings for Niiya in her place. The other interesting thing is that both actions are pretty similar to what Yuuko herself did in previous episodes. She might be closer to her Shadow then she thinks.
Finally, Niiya’s side of this. Sure, Yuuko’s words were hurtful, but that doesn’t mean you go running off to the nearest member of your harem! Though of course, in the end, he’s never gonna give Yuuko up. The ending was totally cheesy though. Niiya’s confession (and groping) suddenly bringing her memories back? Even I found myself rolling my eyes at that one. But hey, on the bright side, this series has a few episodes left and we’ve already confirmed the OTP. …Not that the other members were much competition.
He’s never gonna give her up, never gonna let her down.
Never gonna run around and dese- …Nevermind.
So overall, the anime made Niiya’s harem seem …well, more like a harem. From my point of view, they made Kirie out to be THE unrequited love interest since her actions seemed less …painfully desperate in the manga. They also really played out on Niiya’s decision to hang with Momoe when Yuuko rejected him where the manga was more focused on how awkward Yuuko and Niiya’s relationship was. It’s interesting though that as opposed to when Yuuko was hanging out with Yuuko, this episode felt so much lighter than the ones before it. There were little to no supernatural rumours that Niiya looked into and the only ghostly activity was due to Shadow Yuuko.
Less horror, back to the harem. That being said, the visuals weren’t that all that stunning this episode. I don’t normally talk about this much, but I enjoy when they play with imagery such like when they added in the symbolism of the colour behind the broken glass back in that episode with blonde Yuuko. This episode sorely lacked that. There wasn’t any real complex metaphorical imagery, it was fairly straightforward. …Though it wasn’t completely disappointing. The roof scene was brilliant, as was the random music insert that they threw in there beforehand. To SILVER LINK’s defence as well, this episode wasn’t meant to be mysterious with hidden meaning everywhere. It was about Niiya sorting out his feelings and finally announcing what we knew from episode one.
So now that the relationship part is out of the way, what lies ahead? This was a perfectly safe place for SILVER LINK to stop and say “okay, relationship solved. This will keep the viewers quiet. We can continue this in another season.” and not give us any more answers. However, there are still quite a few episodes left and after skipping so much stuff of lesser importance, I think it’s safe to assume that the next episodes will tell us more about Shadow Yuuko. …Or they could piss us off by going back and animating all of the non-important stuff in an attempt to hit the 12 episode anime average.