Not the kind of confession I was expecting.
|KIDDING!! I like my BL, but not in my slice-of-life. So many feels going on in this week’s episode of chu2koi, I can’t believe it’s going to end soon ;w; …what will I do without my weekly dose of moe moe? :c|
This episode is all about confession and rabu rabu action, so first things first, Rikka and Yuuta’s confession! What can I say other than a huge SQUEEEEEEEEE! Let us all observe a moment of no silence and unleash our fanboy/girly sides. *coughs* Right, I thought the entire confession scene was excellently done – the emotional build-up was as exciting as it was adorable, what with the tension and awkwardness and all, and when they finally did confess, it was natural and beautiful. The setting was perfect – under a bridge backlit with shimmering lights under a light rain, and that pretty insert song (Kimi no Tonari wa – ZAQ) created just the right ambience for their feelings to overflow. I find it super cute that this time it’s Rikka who’s confessing like a normal person, whereas Yuuta was all Dark Flame Master proposes a love contract! It just goes to show how much they’ve come to understand each other, and that they’re willing to go to further lengths for each other. They ended it off with a pinky swear, and that, in my opinion, is the cutest thing ever. It’s such a simple gesture, but it’s just right for the two of them – slightly childish, but nevertheless important and meaningful.
The second part of the episode brings it into a more serious mood, with Touka appearing in Yuuta’s room once again. Again seeing herself in a position unsuitable to persuade or advise Rikka, Touka approaches Yuuta to be the middleman, which I would think is actually quite a cruel thing to do. Although in retrospect, it’s easy to see where Touka is coming from, and the conflicting feelings that she’s experiencing – in the end, her last “…it’s irresponsible”, I would think, was also directed at herself. She must have already been through this whole dilemma on whether to tolerate Rikka’s behavior or to condemn it, but eventually decided on the latter and has firmly stuck to it since then. But now the choice is on Yuuta. I agree with him that “she’s already grown up enough”, because in reality she does know that her father is gone, she just simply needs time to accept it. “To protect what?” Touka asks. Isn’t it obvious? Her heart. As much as she knows it’s true, the Ethereal Horizon and the Wicked Eye is all that’s keeping her heart from breaking into pieces – to prematurely force it to end is like shoving her father’s death right in her face.
For Rikka, the end of her chuunibyou isn’t just the beginning of a newer, “cooler” phase like Yuuta and Shinka had aimed for. It’s so difficult for her to just throw it away because for her, it means that she has to bury her memories and love for her father once and for all. I would think that Yuuta did it more because he felt that Rikka needed to move on and reconcile with her mother again, and definitely not because that he felt her chuunibyou needs to end. Instead, her chuunibyou simply needs to stop being something that she uses as a shield – rather than something to hide behind, it should be something to be proud of, something that connects the two of them together and creates fun memories.
The final scene with Rikka singing her papa’s favorite song and then removing her eyepatch only to reveal two turquoise eyes without any contacts really scared me. On one hand, it shows that she’s willing to get over her chuunibyou just because Yuuta asked, and that she understands that she needs to accept the harsh reality. But what will become of her after this? I can’t imagine a sane Rikka that’s not playful or cheeky. Growing out of her chuunibyou is fine, but losing her soul and becoming someone who’s lost all meaning of fun is not. She needs to learn from Yuuta, who’s someone that isn’t really proud of his previous case of chuunibyou, but revisits it once in awhile with Rikka, just for the fun of it. But the thing is that with the loss of her chuunibyou, Rikka has lost more than just embarrassing memories. She has lost precious memories too, as well as the emotional protection from losing her father. Yuuta and Touka need to do something to save Rikka before it’s too late, because unplayful Rikka is scary to even think about.
Never thought I’d say this but, RIKKA I MISS YOUR EYEPATCH T^T
That confession scene between Yuuta and Rikka has to be one of my favorites of all time. All that waiting paid off ;w; it was wonderful even without a kiss, and the pacing and setting of it all was just right for them. We’re at the climax of the series now, and I think that it’s been done wonderfully. 2 episodes should be enough for them to give a satisfactory ending of the anime, and I look forward to seeing a new Rikka and Yuuta. Perhaps not a complete transformation, but rather more matured, but still playful and adorable.
Rikka and Yuuta’s kind of couple shot xD