There’s always that one person that cannot stand any thrilling rides at amusement parks…
|And hello againnn, I’m determined to catch up with all my posts nao ;w; I feel really empty recently for whatever recently, like all the life’s been sucked out of me… Need to get back into the happy jumpy mood again but don’t know how sigh. Anyway, onto Sukitte.|
In episode 10, we witnessed how lots of misunderstandings snowballed into a full-blown argument. The cause of everything, in the end, is the lack of proper confrontation and communication. It happens a lot in real life too, doesn’t it? Getting led on by rumors and forming impressions of people when you don’t even know what really happens, this is what really leads to many break-ups between couples and friends. With their roles reversed, Yamato’s the one feeling jealous and more evidently, possessive this time round. What’s surprising is that when he heard those rumors he didn’t even bother to ask Mei – he’s always been really patient with her, always double-checking with her if she’s okay with the pace of their relationship, clarifying and ensuring that things are alright before heading on, but this time he’s let his emotions get the better of it. Mei, who’s only just learnt about love, can’t possibly read Yamato’s mind/face that easily and know what to do, she needs to be guided, but Yamato, blinded by jealously, couldn’t give her that.
It’s nice how it all turned out though, how Kai actually took the risk and said some hurtful things to make Yamato spill his feelings and really talk, instead of taking it out on Mei. Where do you even get such a thoughtful rival in love? He was the most perceptive, and also the person who best controlled his emotions and read the situation to do what he thought was right to fix it, and I thought he deserved more credit for that! In the end though, no one knew about Megumi’s inner-self, and the horrible things she did other than Kai, but I’m sure that’s going to spill soon.
This week, Megumi’s haunting past is finally revealed. Again, like the most of our Sukitte cast, she has had emotional scars inflicted on her through the bullying and name-calling that happened when she was younger. What’s different about all our characters, is how they choose to deal with this pain they’ve received from others. Mei chose to shut herself off from the rest of the world, Kai transformed his pain into motivation to become stronger, Aiko took her pain as a driving force to change her appearance in order to be loved. But Megumi? She’s similar to Aiko in a way, except that even now, she hasn’t grown, hasn’t learned like Aiko did. She still doesn’t know how to really interact and form bonds with people. She’s let her pain take over and become a double-edged sword – always only treating people as friends on the surface, attracting them with monetary or materialistic ideals. The only way she knows how to make “friends” is by showing off her connections, and that’s what she does best. As she struggles to gain the affection and attention from everyone in this way, in the end she’s left with no one who really understands and cares for her.
Thinking about it in this way, it’s pretty obvious that Megumi doesn’t really like Yamato – rather, she views him as a potential “possession”, something to own and show off, much like what she’s doing with her occupation as a model currently. When her façade crumbles and her real self shows, people shun from her and basically just leave her behind. What they don’t know is that beyond that façade and that arrogance of hers, is actually loneliness and trauma. Like everyone else who’s grown in Sukitte, I think what she needs is just a little push or some encouragement in order to move on from the pain that she’s suffered.
On Yamato’s and Mei’s relationship, I thought episode 11 and their trip to Land was really cute. They’re both making compromises for each other – how Mei’s holding in her fear and taking all those thrilling rides with Yamato without any complain, and how when Yamato realized it, he began bringing her to the more relaxing kiddy rides instead. Little things like how the hotel room he booked had two beds instead of one, also show how much thought he’s put into their date, and how much he respects her as an individual, and also his girlfriend. They’re taking it slowly and steadily, and it will be interesting to see how it goes from here.
Kai’s arc ended a lot sooner than I thought it would, but Megumi’s is still dragging on. Out of all the Sukitte characters she’s the one that needs some form of friendship and encouragement to move forward the most, I should think, because she’s never known that before. I also wonder if Sukitte is going to introduce any more characters so close to the end, since the appearance of Yamato’s older brother just came out of nowhere. Anyways, what I’m expecting for the last two episodes is probably a wrap-up of Megumi’s arc, as well as a vague ending signaling what’s to come for Mei and Yamato as a couple. That kind of mushy-mushy thing. I’d still enjoy it though xD