We all have our scars – from loving someone too deeply, from wanting to protect someone too badly.
|Again, sorry for not covering last week’s episode due to various birthday/graduating things going on! Sushi is busy with work stuff as well and will be joining us next week instead :3 These two episodes will tug on your heartstrings, so get your tissue boxes ready for some tearing and DAWWWing! Have I mentioned how much I love this show?|
*miyu// Strangely, Aiko is one of those love rivals in the shoujo genre that you don’t (or at least I didn’t) inherently hate from the moment she’s introduced – I actually felt like I could really empathize with her to a certain extent. On the topic of scars, what Aiko has is physical scars – scars from dieting and losing weight so quickly that left stretch marks. In this age and time, it is a common occurrence for people to change themselves for others. A lot of people today would be able to see a little bit of themselves in her. I really like how Sukitte portrays characters in such a realistic way, and even subtly, it brings into picture many social issues prevalent in our society. The need to present yourself in a way that is socially acceptable, the need to change yourself in order to make someone love you more – it obviously exists and frankly everyone knows that it’s there. That is how society functions – we conform, we follow, we accept it as it is. Not to say that wanting to change yourself is wrong, but changing yourself just for the sake of others, I would think, is really sad. Aiko is a glaring representation of how most people act in this time and age and that’s what makes this show really relatable to many people.
*miyu// I have to say that after these two episodes I’ve grown to like Yamato a lot. Shoujo anime and its ways of making me fall for inanimate characters that I will never find in real life ;w; His background story, whereas not particularly new or exciting, is positively believable. I understand how he would feel an obligation to help everyone around him to make up for what he didn’t do for his best friend in the past. The incident resulted in an emotional scar that affected how he interacted with others from then onwards – which is why he’s so nice to everyone now. And truth be told, Asami and Aiko have both been saved by him. Some of his decisions are still questionable – sleeping with Aiko might not have been the right thing to do during that time. But those decisions happened in, as he put it, a time of weakness. Any teenager would have been really confused and distraught after having your best friend transfer and knowing that it was partially your fault – the fact that his friend actually thanked him for talking to him must have made him even guiltier. Honestly if I was him I might have stabbed myself in guilt. What makes him so likeable is that he knows that what he did was wrong in retrospect and admits it – he admits his flaws and mistakes, but promises that nothing of the like will happen again because he has Mei to love wholeheartedly now. How—my heart—FEELINGS!!
*miyu// Mei is changing not for others, but because of others. I love seeing how she’s just a little bit more open to talking and interacting with her small circle of friends now. It impresses me that even though she’s never had friends until recently, she knows how to differentiate between real, sincere friends and well, superficial friends with “benefits”, and also how she stands up for others, even though the friends she had in the past weren’t there for her. She is the perfect embodiment of innocence and sincerity. Because of the fact that she’s been living in her own little bubble until she met Yamato, she hasn’t been affected by the outside world – the only way to interact with people, as far as she’s concerned, is through honesty. She is clean, no masks, no facades, and it’s clear why Yamato, and everyone else that gets to really know her for who she is, wants to get closer to her. The last scene in episode 4 really touched me, and that one kiss was far more significant than any of the other kisses that happened so far – Mei was the one who took the initiative and kissed Yamato’s hand – she’s not only being loved, but now she is also one who loves.
ALL THE FEELS!! I love this show, I really do. Episode 4 was my favorite episode of Sukitte so far, and I loved the theme of scars. The ending monologue by Mei was so incredibly touching and the idea of having beautiful scars – scars that have special meaning and are precious to someone, is so… BEAUTIFUL c’: With the whole surge of shoujo manga that’s in the market right now you’d think that it’d be so difficult to find some that actually go beyond the superficial layer of relationships in real life. And yet this season we’ve been treated to two lovely shoujo anime adaptations that really stand out from all the others! A shoujo lover can’t get any happier than this.