Haruki needs to get it together
Setsuna’s been trying to keep everyone together, but we’ve already seen plenty of tension due to that effort. So what will happen this week?
Someone Has to Be a Grown Up
Just accept that she’s not coming to the door, Haruki
I hoped it wouldn’t come to this, but it’s pretty obvious that Haruki is a little too hung up on Kazusa. Despite being pretty lovey-dovey with Setsuna, he still looks a bit too much at Kazusa. And Kazusa keeps telling him to cut it out, with the final straw being that she ignores his calls and texts (even though she answers Setsuna’s).
Haruki needs to be a little more conscientious with his kisses. Lean down more, son!
And even Haruki realizes that he’s hung up on her, even in the middle of her recital. My problem is that he wants to test it. I think everyone’s had that tug on their hearts when they were with someone else. And maybe being only a couple months into a high school relationship is a good time to figure it out, but it’s also not really a sign of being able to commit to someone. Because what happens when that next one happens? Does he just move from one person to the next? And what will that girl think? I mean, being ready to dump Setsuna for Kazusa is not exactly going to inspire Kazusa with confidence that he wouldn’t leave her as well.
Kazusa tells him to bug off
Plans Within Plans
Haruki has a stupid plan
Everyone’s got their own agenda for figuring things out, however. And it all centers around Setsuna’s birthday (Happy Valentine’s Day!). Setsuna wants all three of them to be together, even lying about having her family there to try to put Kazusa and Haruki either at ease or at least less worried. Haruki wants to have a dinner with just him and Setsuna, but not because he wants her to himself, but to test himself – a test which would be doomed to fail due to awareness of it.
Time for a trip?
But the one whose plan trumps all the others is Kazusa, because she’s not even gonna be in the same town (or is she on her way back? Looking again, she’s arriving at Narita, but I don’t know where the show is set). I don’t think that Youko being around means much, except to tell Haruki where Kazusa has gone, and maybe to warn him off of her, since he’s just a distraction to her goal of becoming a professional pianist. But one other consequence of Setsuna’s deception is that without Kazusa there to chaperon, and her parents and brother gone on their family trip, Setsuna and Haruki will be alone at her house. And with the way that Setsuna reacted to kissing Haruki, will anything more happen between the two?
It was nice to see some time with just these two
Going by what we see here, Haruki’s just not content to be dating a cute and lovely girl who’s very popular in school. But will the object of his fascination even let him have the barest glimmer of hope with her? Kazusa seems determined to hold Haruki off, lest he hurt her best (and perhaps only) friend. But knowing stubborn Haruki, he’s going to push it until something breaks. And can Kazusa keep her feelings for him out of the picture? It’s obvious she does care for him, but he just doesn’t fit her plans, both for her livelihood or her friendships.