Riko’s having too much fun to remember what she’s supposed to tell Maki
Riko has been riding the ragged edge of being caught out for not being truthful with Maki and the rest. Is this the week she’s finally exposed as a big fraud?
A New Set of Accomplices
This is what happens when she remembers
The issue of how to report the findings of their love research has been a question, but the Newspaper Association has come up with a plan: write the results as narratives in the underground newspaper. Plus, they’ll even give them a new office to work more closely with them. It’s a good plan but it’s almost certain that it’ll come back to be a problem. With only one other episode this season, it’s unlikely to be that quick, tho.
Nagi’s too nice to give up Riko, and Yan’s too preoccupied with himself
But Riko’s other problem isn’t going away, just getting more complicated. And the further it goes, the more it’s her own fault. She just can’t bring herself to tell Maki. At least she acknowledges that it’s her own cowardice that’s preventing her from saying that she’s a complete novice in love. And because Maki misunderstands it, Yan and Nagi are both roped into it, even before Riko can ask them to preserve her lie.
The Longer Poison Works, the More Deadly It Becomes
Just a bad guy, isn’t he
At almost every turn now, Riko is faced with the fact that she’s been lying to Maki. And no matter how many times she tells herself she’s going to confess the truth, she never does. And noone else is giving her away either, among the people who know the truth. Well, Yan tries, but goes too far and convinces Maki that he’s just a mean-spirited person (which he is) who will say whatever he thinks is most effective.
Sayo even floats a trial balloon with Suzu and Eno, to see what they’d think if all of Riko’s experience turned out to be a lie. The differences in those three are interesting, also, because it’s not like Sayo actually knew that Riko was unpopular. It was just her cynical side that viewed what Riko said about her experience with doubt, which turned out to be true. On the other side, Suzu and Eno always believed in Riko, even without her trying that hard to make it believable. And they really don’t want to believe that Riko is lying, questioning why Sayo would even think that.
Riko finally confesses… if only for a second
Riko does finally get over her cowardice and confesses to Maki… for an instant. And then she walks it back with a “What would you think if that were true?” And even as she’s trying to contradict THAT, she gets in trouble again. But the cat’s out of the bag when Maki overhears Riko being questioned by her friend Miko about whether she’s the person to give out love advice. And even though Maki passes it off as not overhearing, it’s pretty obvious she did.
Maki puts on a fake smile
How will Maki take the truth? Is her faith in Riko shattered, especially so close after she declared that she wanted to be friends forever? Will Riko lose her closest friend? And how about her reputation with the others? That’s sure to take a hit. I don’t think anyone needs to be told what the moral of this series has been, given that they’ve beaten us repeatedly with it. But seeing Riko’s growing sense of desperation, yet inability to overcome her cowardice has been quite amusing and cringeworthy at the same time.