|Well, I managed to complete all of Sweet Fuse in less than 48 hours, but I haven’t made any progress at all on Brothers Conflict from when I last posted the game review. …Which is really sad, considering I only have half a route left. I should really hurry though, since Brilliant Blue comes out this month.|
It was a straight out “no” to Futo, but Ema chooses to spend the night with Natsume after he confesses. Hmm… Though after her not pushing away Tsubaki during the couch incident and Natsume not being too pushy (which I imagine was Ema’s problem with Futo), her actions here loose some credibility. Even more so with her being okay with Juli and Rui’s actions later in the episode (plus Juli’s was in a dream). She’s openly blushing around Natsume, so there is that. …I can’t say that Natsume’s confession was good timing on any part though. Ema just told him that she didn’t like how they were all fighting over her. However, I guess his words about how she was just that important calmed her down. I knew that Ema’s feelings about her position in the Asahina family was coming, but it’s still interesting to see her struggle with how she’s causing fights to break out.
Ema’s actions towards being adopted here was actually way less annoying than what happened in the game. Here, she felt lost, but it definitely wasn’t as ridiculous as yelling at Rintarou and not listening to a word he said, as if the fact that she was adopted was somehow his fault. Plus her feelings were about how her real parents didn’t want her, Rintarou seemed like he didn’t want her, and how she’s just causing problems for the Asahina family are all pretty relatable. It totally brought in the fact that Rintarou has just kind of left Ema to fend for herself. I liked that they pointed that part out, when normally it would just be a plot convenience thing to make the romance around the house less awkward. …Now if only Rintarou and Ema had a heart to heart that wasn’t over text message. I realize that he’s out of the country, but really, he could have called or something when he heard that Ema went missing. I was under the impression that Rintarou had money since he’s (apparently) famous, and if Miwa has enough money to raise 10+ kids, she should have enough for a long distance call. Really, he feels even more distant from Ema, since the truth about Ema’s past came from Juli (instead of Rintarou, like the games).
The Asahina family became significantly less QUALITY as time progressed.
Rui definitely family-zoned himself there (or maybe not, with that kiss?), but maybe it was the kind of comfort that Ema needed. Yep, he’s the adopted one of the family, making Miwa’s number of kids slightly (but not really) less ridiculous. …Though why she’d want to adopt another kid after giving birth to so many already is beyond me. At least him being adopted gave him some experience to make Ema feel less depressed. And even if Rui didn’t entirely family-zone himself, Masaomi seems like he did with his “I need to be like her father” comment.
…And then this happened.
…What the hell is going on here? I have no comments for the fact that Juli is apparently a butler in disguise (well, this was kind of hinted at in the games, but not really), but at least my theory that there will be a Juli route in Brilliant Blue is pretty much confirmed, if they bothered to give him a full design as a human. …And if they somehow don’t give him a route, then I will be severely disappointed. Kamiya doesn’t do enough otome game roles. OTL
Hmm, let’s keep things short and to the point. I wasn’t impressed with Futo this episode. He did stop and rethink his approach before anything happened, but dear lord, what was he thinking?
Don’t answer that. Hindsight is 20/20, but Juli was totally right when he was worried about Ema living with “wolves” at the beginning of the series. At least Kaname seems to have gotten the message about Ema emphasizing that she wants to be family. …Or at least he says he has. That kiss on the cheek kind of felt more ‘family-like’ as opposed to his previous antics. If only he had some brotherly advice to give at the time, though that coworker of his had some pretty monk-ish advice for Ema this episode. Kaname’s job is kind of shady, but hopefully this showed that they can be professional on occasion. Also, hopefully that conversation helps Ema finally tell the other brothers that she just wants to be their sister. She seemed to have finally realized that she’s just running away, and that’s not solving anything.
Natsume’s reactions to Hikaru’s questions during the car ride was pretty funny. Hikaru was right on the money with his questions though, not that any of the characters would let him know it. Hikaru’s a nice break from all of the other brothers right now, since he sees Ema’s appeal (or at least, he did in the novels; I don’t know about here), but he’s having way too much fun being an observer to his brothers acting like morons as opposed to participant. He even has a spreadsheet going on with the brother’s ‘statistics’, if you didn’t catch that from the end of the episode. …Have they bothered explaining why he cross dresses yet? I can’t remember if they have or not. I guess if they don’t, people can just assume that it’s just him just being the weird brother again.
…I can’t tell if these characters really want to be Ema’s family or not. However, I am enjoying these episodes more than the previous ones (though that just might be my current mood as opposed to the story actually getting better). For sure though, that episode with Ema worrying about her real family was good. Maybe not Natsume rushing things with really horrible timing, but the points Ema brought up for running away were pretty valid. They didn’t go into details much about the whole adoption thing, but Rui’s message about how it’s the heart that’s important opposed to blood relations seemed like good advice.
Now all of the characters have had some sort of exposition aside from Iori, who seems to have vanished from the anime. …Er, I guess Masaomi has kind of been non-existent too, but he seems to be safely in the ‘family’ side of things with Ema. Unless they plan on completely ignoring his personality altogether, I’d say it’s safe to say that Iori will be one of the family members after Ema. Since he’s kind of a
…I don’t have anything witty to say about the preview, so have a picture of Kaname.