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With Kyousuke and Kuroneko promising to go on a date last episode, I think everyone expected date shenanigans this episode! But I’d imagine that the reality exceeded everyone’s expectations. So what happened? Read on and find out!
This was so authentic and so cute. Maybe my favorite part of the series.
D’awwww! That’s the biggest thing that probably came out of this episode. From Ruri’s new characterization of a risen fallen angel to her yukata, there was just cuteness galore. And this episode might have set a record for Kyousuke’s acceptability level. Truly, when he spends time with Kuroneko, he acts the most like a normal boy (that might be an interesting analysis for another time: the multiple characters of Kousaka Kyousuke, depending on which girl he’s interacting with).
We certainly did get a lot of time with those two together, and all of it pretty wonderful. A first date where Kuroneko opened up about the things she likes and a handholding encounter which was nicely done. A first invite to her house with an unplanned meeting with the younger Gokou sisters, Hinata and Tamaki (while “Ruri-nee” was in the bath, something that usually means exactly what Hinata wink-wink-nudge-nudge’d it to mean). And that she left the TV on that kiss scene and went to take a bath, so forward! She’d definitely planned it that way, tho. She also did well playing the cool girlfriend, and at the same time showed how much she values her friendship with Kirino. There was definitely some upset that Kirino didn’t come even say hi when she got home, and Kuroneko’s feelings that she would rather not come to the house as Kyousuke’s girlfriend if Kirino won’t continue to act as her friend was touching.
What does this mean?
We did see some glimpses into what Kuroneko’s grand plans are, tho. First was a drawing of Kyousuke and Kirino smiling at each other. Described as her “Ideal World” and the main goal she’s striving for, what does the picture mean? Kyousuke says that he’ll help her work towards it, even though he doesn’t quite understand it, because it looks like they’re both happy. And the rest of Kuroneko’s planning seemed to go very well, until the end of the episode.
The grand finale?
Break up with Kyousuke? Why!? Is that ideal world one where Kyousuke and Kirino are a couple? Or is it something else, something that would require risking ‘everything’ for? Being with Kyousuke definitely made her happy, and by the end she even did call him “Kyousuke” rather than “senpai”, so why break up now? I guess we’ll find out next week, but does anyone have any ideas?
Bonus Yukata Time
Wonderful dating between Kuroneko and Kyousuke. The two of them really do make a great couple, with Kyousuke acting mature, thoughtful, and fun, while Kuroneko enjoys both the ability to get him to do what she wants without making him resent her (something that is present in all good relationships) and the time she spends with Kyousuke. So why do they have to break up? I’d love to just have the whole rest of the season be those two in love. But perhaps there are other girls to get to?