Golden Time – 11

Important phrase

This is an important phrase that could be used in ANY anime

spring13-highwAhh, the life of a student. Sumairii’s still stuck with tests or some nonsense, so it’s just me again for Golden Time this week!

Controlling or Caring?

No jobs for you

No Jobs for You!

Kouko’s rejection of Banri’s idea of getting a part time job brings up an interesting thing to explore, at least for me. Part of the theme of the show has been Kouko trying to improve, trying to be less controlling, less interfering, more understanding of someone else’s wants. But even if one is trying to be more understanding, it’s still natural to be selfish. And maybe it’s just in my nature to be more understanding of Kouko, but I think she handles this right. Yes, she speaks strongly about it, and even sounds a bit unreasonable, but I think that stating ones preferences is important, especially in a relationship. The important thing is what happens from that point.

Kouko breaking the limits of propriety

Kouko has much less propriety than most Japanese

And what happens is that Banri lies to Kouko. Yes, you might think it’s justified in some part by Kouko’s not wanting him to work, but it’s not a good way to handle it. And of course, given the nature of his lie, it’s probably not going to work out well. One should probably say that Kouko is a little bit oversuspicious, but again, I don’t think it’s necessarily that far out of bounds. I don’t really go along with Banri’s justification of it, tho. Because he feels like he’s ‘cheating’ by having a bit of a crush on Linda, he thinks he should accept whatever Kouko does. In my favorite phrase of the week “sore wa sore, kore wa kore”. The fact of Kouko’s weirdness should be kept separate from Banri’s guilt, because she still needs Banri to set limits for her as to how to act like a girlfriend. Letting her run all over him won’t really help her, either in this romance or in the future. But as I constantly remind myself, these are two people who are very inexperienced at relationships. They’ll learn lessons from this, even if it’s painful to watch or experience.

Hassled by Senpais

It’s bad when you get hazed by your senpais for having a girlfriend

Dragging Other People Into It

Run away!!!!

Flashbacks to the cult trip when Sao and Shi show up offering a job

To me, the biggest problem with Banri’s action is that he wasn’t truthful. And it’s problematic because it’s the kind of relationship that’s gotta be felt out, especially with his worry that Kouko found the picture of Banri and Linda (and probably realizes it’s from over a year ago). If we’re tallying up relationship mistakes, Kouko taking the picture is definitely a mistake, because if you find it, why would you take it? I don’t think it’s really a major privacy invasion for her to have looked through his bookshelf and found it, but at the point of finding it, you just file that information away, maybe to be asked later. And the fact of the picture is obviously weighing on Kouko, because she’s looking at it and now calling Banri. But I don’t think it’s a major mistake or shows anything malicious about Kouko.

Hot Pants or Thong, what a choice

Thong or Hot Pants, what a choice

But Banri’s trouble is that he’s establishing, in even a minor way, a reputation of half-truth. The fact that he lies is far more important than the facts of his lie. It really won’t matter that he was just trying to get money to feel more equal or responsible with Kouko. It won’t matter that Linda being there was completely unknown to Banri. It won’t even matter that Kouko was left out of seeing hunky Mitsuo in a thong. What will matter is that he hid the truth, and that’s what is poisonous to relationships, especially ones where someone needs to work on themselves as much as Kouko does. And I think she realizes this, but faced with Banri hiding the truth from her, those niggling voices will get louder, the ones that say “be a good girlfriend, don’t smother him, be supportive, trust him” will lose their punch. And that could really start to corrode their relationship, like a small scratch in the paint of a car letting the body start to rust.

Linda and Banri

Probably bad news that they’re here together


I thought the episode was really enjoyable this week, even if it was watching Banri dig himself a big hole. The contrived silliness of the party was amusing, even if it elicited too much of our main characters standing around talking to each other. Banri definitely had a cute outfit, too. But you can see trouble coming. How much does Banri really want to be with Linda? He says he does, but is it not enough to break up with Kouko for? Or is it because Linda said that her answer would have been “no”? I really do still wonder what Linda’s true feelings for Banri are.


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7 Responses to “Golden Time – 11”

  1. MgMaster says:

    Linda’s true feelings for Banri are definitely the biggest mystery here.You think Nana knows something we don’t and is trying to get Banri & Linda together?

    • Highway says:

      Let’s say I would be very surprised if Nana’s motives extend that far. I think she cares for her friend Linda, and by extension her friend and neighbor Banri, at least enough to take care of Banri when he’s sick. Really, Nana is a good person. But I think that’s about where it ends, in that she doesn’t really care who Banri ends up with, or doesn’t care who Linda is in love with.

      A lot does rest on what Linda’s feelings for Banri are. But it’s also true that the way Banri deals with his current relationship could have big repercussions with his group of friends. Part of me sees that Kouko could be a real terror when spurned, although she really wasn’t when it was finally laid bare with Mitsuo. She could have been so much worse, and needling him when they’re together but still being fairly obvious friends shows something good about her. But if Banri breaks up with her, especially in a way that doesn’t look good, he could be shuffled out of that group for keeps.

  2. BlackBriar says:

    Kouko’s overbearing antics always manage to pass under the radar with me when she openly admits her shortcomings. Not much people are able to do that due to a possible inflated ego. At least she’s trying to repress her stalker tendencies.

    Even if it’s for a job, I think Banri is a little too accepting of everything. I hope he isn’t simply bottling everything up.

    • Highway says:

      That’s the thing with me as well. The fact that she seems to understand her relationship mistakes, *and* actually makes progress at those things. She really doesn’t harangue Banri that much. Yes, she’s very rabu-rabu, but he seems to like that, so is that a shortcoming? And one could say her “no job” decree is out of bounds, but right after that, she goes with him to see the place that Oka works, which indicates to me that she’s got a more open mind than it would appear.

  3. Di Gi Kazune says:

    I like the cute white-haired maid. :3
    When you have devilgirls around, something is up to now good!

    • BlackBriar says:

      Then why do the Tea Club girls seem more like the real devils? They practically tried to enslave Banri and Mitsuo.

      • Highway says:

        Sao and Shi are great characters. I love every time they show up on the screen, they’re like this kind of animate Scylla and Charybdis, a pair of mobile disasters, but the only way to deal with them is to avoid them completely.

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