She probably feels like this animal now
We’ve been waiting for things to come to a head, and it looks like they finally do this week, at least as far as Kazusa’s feelings.
Nice Job Breaking It
What are you doing, dumbass?
So what did we think was the worst case last week? Yeah, exactly what happened. And making it worse, Setsuna knew everything that was going on with everyone else: her family was out of town, and Kazusa wasn’t going to be there. I kinda wonder why she persisted in the fiction that there was going to be more of a party? Is it because Haruki’s been so square about being with her? I wouldn’t think so, given that he was smooching with her, but maybe she was just trying to put him at ease. But the end result is that Setsuna’s made a nice dinner for the two of them and has gotten stood up.
Someone can’t take a hint
And what’s Haruki doing? Going to Narita to meet Kazusa. But what makes it worse is that he doesn’t get it. Setsuna has known that Kazusa is in love with Haruki the whole time, and had even encouraged her to put up a fight. But we don’t really know if Setsuna had been pushing the ‘three of us’ message recently, or if she and Kazusa have been talking about their feelings for Haruki. It’s possible that they have, and that Setsuna has been fully aware of Kazusa’s pulling back from Haruki. She certainly has been in touch with her, and probably knows that Kazusa won’t talk to Haruki.
The truth comes out
Either way, Haruki finds out from Youko that Kazusa is flying back, and also that Kazusa is moving to Europe. And in the course of trying to push her to tell Setsuna (which he doesn’t really know if she’s told her or not), he finally forces Kazusa to tell him her true feelings for him, and that she gets her heart ripped out every time she sses him. This really represents the most idiotically tenacious that Haruki’s been, and while it is pretty much in character for him, it’s also difficult to watch, because he’s pretty far outside the boundaries of what ‘normal’ people would do. Maybe we have a lot more information than he does, although I don’t think so. I really think it’s just a case of Haruki being that kind of person who just picks and picks and picks at a scab until it gets infected. And honestly, that’s not an admirable trait.
I really don’t know if half the episode needed to be devoted to establishing Kazusa’s bonafides in being in love with Haruki. I think the show has well established her feelings, and so going back in time to a pretty formulaic backstory just seemed like a bit of a waste. Yes, Haruki bugged her. Yes, Haruki rubs people the wrong way. Yes, Haruki became the person who showed interest in her. And yes, Kazusa finally realizes that she likes him, and despite being told to not bother him, decides to try to get to know him more. I kind of doubt we’ll go back to that backstory, which ended this episode in summer, when the story picked up in October at the beginning of the series, since there didn’t seem to be too much left to cover. But really, I don’t know that it was necessary to do this much. It’s not going to change anyone from a Setsuna fan to a Kazusa fan. And it doesn’t change the fact that Haruki’s now busted everything up.
Kazusa makes her move
So Haruki pushed and prodded and picked, and now he’s probably broken it. Forcing Kazusa to confront her feelings every time she sees him, not allowing her to disengage, and putting her in the position of hurting her best friend, that’s just bad news. And if he thought that she couldn’t stand him, why did he persist in bugging her? Because he’s pretty much a jerk when he doesn’t get his way. I don’t know if there’s another way to put it. We could say he’s ‘tenacious’, or ‘dedicated’, but there comes a point where you should see some signs, and there’s also a point where you should either focus on your girlfriend or break it off. And I think he’s definitely reached that point when he’s gotta call Setsuna to break her birthday date to go after another girl.