I can’t be the only one who hears wedding bells for these two
It’s just me for Golden Time this week, but that’s ok because there wasn’t too much action going on. Instead we get to see two sides to Kouko, and a nice side of Nana.
The Fight for Control
She has such a tender manner
Well, Ghost Banri had control for what, a minute?, before he fell flat on his face, knocking him back under the surface. But it’s probably significant that since then we haven’t seen Ghost Banri at all, and now Banri has those fleeting feelings of wanting to be with Linda. He doesn’t seem to forgetting about Kouko, tho, but I do think he’s probably somewhere in between. The idea that Kouko is a dream that will fade away if he’s doesn’t see her indicates to me that he’s probably on the verge of his old memories fully returning, but can’t really separate the two Banris anymore.
What is the Real Kouko?
There’s one Kouko when there are other people around…
I would guess that your opinion of Kouko (as well as KoukoxBanri vs LindaxBanri) will probably determine what you thought of Kouko in this episode. Which is the “real” Kouko? The one who burst in accusing Banri of ‘cheating’ (and to be honest, I don’t think that’s too bad a definition of cheating, even if it’s a little presumptuous)? Or is it the one who stayed with Banri later, who apologized to Linda, seemingly caring yet unsure of herself? I think it’s probably both, and I love the way Hocchan is playing Kouko.
And a different one by herself
She really strikes me as that 18 year old girl who is out in the world for the first time, having been confident in her life before, and trying to carry that through the rest of her interactions, but really inexperienced in dealing with other people. That’s the quality that comes out most to me, that she really doesn’t quite know how to interact with others. Her bombastic and seemingly serious attitude really throws other people off, especially because she’s taken it so far in the past (with Mitsuo). But then she’s apologetic and unsure of herself, especially in those moments alone with Banri. The uncharitable view is that she’s just being knowingly self-denigrating to fish for compliments. But I think that it’s more sincere than that, because, as I said, she really is inexperienced with people, and also with herself. She really doesn’t know boundaries and signals, but the more she does with the other people in her group, even Linda and Oka, the more she will learn.
I think Kouko shows she cares
I’m not sure what I think about Kouko and Banri openly setting a ‘lose your virginity’ date. I think it’s not the worst idea to have a goal, but it’s really something that I think should probably be a more spontaneous idea. Going on a trip together is good, but I just don’t think they should be piling too many expectations on a trip like that. Go and have fun as a couple, see how it works out, be a little prepared, but don’t push it. If it happens, it happens, and enjoy it.
I’m surprised I wrote so much about this episode, because not too much happened. I didn’t even get to Nana, who is that gruff but caring person who can’t ignore someone in need, even if she kind of abuses Banri and Linda. I also didn’t talk much about Linda, because I think until Old Banri surfaces and actually makes a move towards Linda, there’s not that much more to say about her. It will all depend on her reaction, and I still think that Linda’s pretty conflicted about what she really feels toward Banri. It’s certainly not a slam dunk that she’ll go for him, even if he remembers everything and confesses to her again.