And no one had the heart to tell him that “Blackie” wasn’t a very original name at all…
|Again, I’m so sorry for being missing in action for Sukitte for so long! AFA, prom and post-exam parties (it’s neverending because I keep having random exams) have gotten the better of me hehe but I’m baaaack for some Sukitte… and lots of cats.|
The focus is back on the budding relationship between Yamato and Mei this few weeks, which is fantastic because I need me some rabu rabu action >D It’s interesting to see the contrast between how the both of them are looking at this relationship – for Yamato, calling Mei by the first name is something really natural to him but for Mei, it holds much more significance and takes a lot more effort. It’s sweet how Yamato understands this and is willing to wait for her, even though waiting can be really tough. While Yamato is helping Mei to open up her social circle, Mei on the other hand, I think, reminds Yamato about simple things in life and sensitizes him to things he may have ignored or simply dismissed – like how she raised his compassion for the little kitten and sort of “guilt-tripped” him into keeping it. I think he’s learning things from her too, and that’s what so beautiful about this unusual relationship of theirs – their mutual sharing and influencing.
Looks like we’ve got ourselves a third party to kick things up a little! To Mei who has 0 experience in love, it would make sense that she feels frustrated at herself for feeling these negative emotions like worry, inferiority and jealously. She doesn’t know that it is only natural, and instead blames herself for feeling this way. Sukitte has this way of making you feel for the antagonists, even – although Megumi is seen as a love rival to Mei, in reality all she wants is a genuine friend to help her overcome her loneliness too. Although I suppose her motive in getting Yamato to model with her isn’t entirely clean, we can sort of empathize with her and it’s hard to actually hate her. In foresight, a love triangle would help to speed up the progression of the relationship between Yamato and Mei a little – that kiss at the end of episode 7 was surprising! Although the pacing of it all started off quick (what with kissing in episode 1 and not), it’s been going slowly for the both of them, and introducing unexpected participants in their relationship is one way of getting things moving. Yamato’s friend who’s going to be introduced next episode looks like he’s gonna complicate things further too, and perhaps this time it’s Yamato who’s gonna be in trouble.
Coming back to episode 5, the interaction between Nagi and Mei was so adorable to watch – they have a special connection because of their common unfortunate experiences with sucky friends, which was what really allowed them to hit it off after they began to understand each other even despite the generation gap. Her hostility at first makes sense because Yamato was Nagi’s only remaining friend – she didn’t want her brother to get snatched away by some random girl. Mei’s heartfelt advice really touched her in the end though, and it’s heartwarming how they’ve become good friends. It actually also brings out the fact that Yamato doesn’t really know much about the feelings/positions of not having friends, since he’s always been surrounded by them (even if they were bullies, like when he was a chuugakusei). Whereas he was at a loss as to how to convince his sister to go to school for 6 months and couldn’t do much more than being there for her and comforting her, Mei knew just what to do to get her back on her feet again, and managed to reassure her within 1 short conversation, that friends can be worth making if she just puts in a little more effort.
I really enjoy watching Mei, who’s only recently begin to learn about friendship and love, helping others to overcome their problems, as she did with Nagi and also Nakanishi, Asami and Aiko. She’s so sincere and pure, and that’s what really makes her advice moving, even if she doesn’t realize that she’s actually a big help to those around her. I like how our main characters all have their own scars and problems that they’ve overcome together one way or another, and how they use this rather special relationship they have to draw closer to each other :3 Even though the scene where Aiko and Asami was giving Mei some emotional support was short, I felt that it was really touching as it shows how far they’ve come as friends, as well as as individuals.
Although there are 4 different shoujo titles this season (sukitte, chu2koi, tonokai, kamisama), there’s a good mix of different genres and paces in each one. Sukitte really focuses on the complexity of human relationships and is so very realistic in the sense that it brings to light many issues that we face in real life, but often choose to ignore. I love how believable everything is in the show and how it really makes you feel for ALL the characters, not just the main couple, and that’s really not an easy feat considering how the cast is getting bigger and bigger. Anyway, I’m just glad that I finally have shoujo titles of such high caliber to enjoy. What did you guys think of these few episodes of Sukitte?
Have how told you guys how much I love cats? They are so cute and fluffy and lazy and– hnggggg (´ ▽｀).。ｏ♡