Shades of Tsukasa Ayatsuji
Now we’re really getting into it, and White Album 2 is keeping its spot atop my Fall shows.
The New Girl Comes In and Takes Over
Practicing is better with two
There’s only a couple weeks until the school festival, and this band is just getting together. And on top of that, they’ve got a really weak link in Haruki’s guitar playing. But with a almost-professional musician now in the group, Kazusa knows what’s needed, and starts pushing Haruki to practice long hours. We’ll assume right off that he’s already got calluses from practicing guitar before, otherwise he’d be one hurtin’ mofo after just a day. And his practice is making progress, as it would have to, spending up to “10 hours a day.”
Sure, Haruki, you can play that!
But Haruki’s not practicing all alone. Kazusa has invited him to practice with her, at her house, all alone… And he’s even sleeping over there, a fact they’re trying to keep from the rest of everyone. But it is making a difference and he finally figures out the part of the song he’s been messing up (oh man, been there, done THAT, that’s for sure). And when Kazusa says he’ll be ready for the whole band to get together on the weekend, she means it, as they have their first successful run through of the song. Now to get onto what second song they want to do, and Setsuna has one already picked out: the one with a wicked guitar solo! Way to expose the weak link of the band, Setsuna! But Kazusa thinks he can learn it, so they’ll give it a try.
Here’s some other stuff he could learn
These Feelings Keep Growing
Chikashi is more shocked at Setsuna’s attention than Haruki
Apart from the progress that the band is showing, there definitely seems to be progression in how both girls feel about Haruki. Setsuna has become a solid fixture in Haruki’s group of friends, with Takeya, Chikashi, and Io all rather surprised at how much attention she’s actually giving to Haruki, including random touching in public. She’s definitely got a thing for Haruki, and is being pretty cute about it, although everyone else is wondering when she’ll lose her ‘idol of the school’ status by hanging around and being interested in this guy. But for us, it’s pretty darn cute to watch.
Is this a little flirty too?
But Kazusa isn’t just standing pat. I think both Kazusa and Setsuna realize that Kazusa has a starting advantage, if we’re going to call it that, but Kazusa is definitely not going to let Setsuna just catch up. Unfortunately, there’s parts of Kazusa that are too bitter about her situation: home alone, not good enough to match up to her famous mother. She pointedly remarks that all the instruments aren’t hers, that the house isn’t hers, she’s basically just there. Would she want to be in France with her mother? I don’t know, but there certainly seem to be approval issues there.
Haruki only has eyes for Kazusa
Even if Kazusa is hesitant about getting closer to Haruki, he sure isn’t able to stop becoming more smitten with her. It was pretty plain that he liked her before, and was concerned for her well being, but now his straight up admiration for her seems to be growing. And he fairly gushes to Takeya about what a caring and cool person she is. So Takeya’s in a bit of a weird spot, seeing how this love triangle is playing out. He seems to be taking a bit of the side of Kazusa and Haruki, tho, in giving Haruki’s notebook to Kazusa and asking her to make his ‘real dream’ come true.
Is Takeya taking a side?
Only episode 4 and we’ve got a really strongly developed love triangle in the show, not just in the minds of the shippers watching along. I hear there’s quite a bit of drama to come in the show, but I never know how much to trust people with that. The biggest hope is that it keeps authentic and makes some sense, and the things they’ve set up seem to be going that way. I do think it felt a little amateurish to make such a big deal with Kazusa’s “Don’t leave anything in the bathroom” to Haruki, which he then immediately does, and wish it could have been a little more subtle having Setsuna find his travel set. Hopefully that’s as manipulative as it gets, although it could go either way.
Setsuna’s not likely to give up, tho