Mashiro equipped Jam, +9001% moe.
Knowing Hakuya’s insistence on keeping the past a secret, I was surprised that it would come out so easily and so quickly. I would have thought he’d have asked Benio and whoever else who knew to keep quiet as well.
What happens in the mountains stays in the mountains.
So now the cat is out of the bag. What happened was Kobeni visited Hakuya’s place in the mountains in the past, and the two fell off a cliff when they were playing. Hakuya mustered all the strength he could to make it back home despite his injuries, and Kobeni was rescued thanks to his efforts. What strikes me as odd though, is how much sway this past event seems to have. Benio reveals that she would have been opposed to “giving away” her beloved imouto to a guy. But because Hakuya is said imouto’s life’s savior, she can’t do anything about it. Does owing your life to someone entitle them to claim it? That sounds pretty ludicrous to me. Next we are reminded yet again of the tremendous power the Yonomori grandfather has over the family. I know it’s been said several times now that his word is final in their family, thus all the more reason that Kobeni’s engagement cannot be overturned. But then the show gives us something apparently contradictory when Hakuya himself says that Kobeni has the power to chose to go through with it or not. So in the end, who really has the final say?
Soon to be a blushing bride.
The way I see it, the most likely answer is that the choice really is up to Kobeni. And I say this because I am confident Hakuya is being sincere and will respect her wishes. So no matter how hard the Yonomori grandfather may try to push their engagement, he cannot force it to happen if the other party chooses to listen to Kobeni instead of him. Though none of that may matter anyway since Kobeni is clearly warming up to Hakuya. And by a lot, even though most of the things he’s said and done to make her haato go doki doki have been pretty troparific. It’s like listening to a guy use the corniest pick-up lines, and we expect him to fail miserably. Except they work somehow. But I guess as long as Kobeni herself finds something attractive about his warm albeit cheesy lines, then so be it. Admittedly Hakuya’s actions are a much more legitimate measure of his genuine care for her, so it’s not like Kobeni is falling for him for no good reason.
There’s also a bunch of Mashiro-ness in this episode of Mikakunin. But it’s the same old same old. I do appreciate the greater inclusion of the other student council members though. Nadeshiko is great for acting as a counter against Benio. I feel sorry that she has to deal with Benio reporting all her fantasy dreams about her imoutos over the phone, but that probably just drives Nadeshiko to keep a tighter leash on the imouto-loli obssessed student council president.
Nadeshiko is having none of this nonsense.