A promise for the future?
I’ve realized that I’m too old for shoveling snow now. We got 22” on Thursday, but luckily I got a neighborhood kid to do most of it. So enough of this: next year I’m getting a snowblower.
Yuuta gets out of posing time
It’s an event that while a few anime get to, it’s usually glossed over, or left out of most completely: The 2nd year’s class trip (I think they’ve gone to Kyuushu). And because Kumin and Sanae get left back at school, this is the time for Yuuta and Rikka to come back to the front of the story. Last week’s comments (and my post) lamented the fact that so far they seemed to be put on the back burner for this season, but this episode really got into their relationship quite a bit.
The third degree for Yuuta
I really liked that Yuuta and Rikka are not a ‘secret’ couple. While that can work in some shows, it’s a device that gets really tired fast when they try to hide it or even lie about it. Instead, pretty much the whole class knows both about them dating (although everyone’s got quite the different idea of what ‘dating’ means to them) and maybe even about them living together. So everyone thinks they’ve progressed their relationship a lot more than they actually have. Well, at least the guys do. I think the girls probably have had Shinka telling them how it’s actually been going, so they don’t think there’s really much going on, although they’re definitely not averse to trying to get them to be together more, and encourage some closeness. So they try to get Rikka to pose with her ‘boyfriend’ even though that makes her blush and makes Yuuta stammer in response.
I loved the softer focus in this scene. Nicely done
Yuuta’s friends are also pretty supportive of the couple, but they’re less willing to believe that they’ve never even kissed. And Yuuta has to deny it pretty vehemently to convince them of that, since they just don’t believe him. And they’re still jealous of him, since I think part of them just doesn’t believe him anyway. I mean, they know all about the same events that we saw (with a funny recreation of the climactic pan-around scene from the first season), even the Christmas date. But they also added a few things in that didn’t happen, like kisses.
Finally a kiss
But then something does almost happen when Rikka sneaks into the boys’ room. I dunno why Yuuta thought having her in the futon with him was better than her hiding on the veranda, but it does set up a close face to face. And finally, that switch inside Rikka seems to flip, inside both of them really, and we finally see them going in for a real kiss. Of course it’s interrupted by having to get her back to her room (with helpful diversion by Shinka), but maybe Rikka’s explanation for her hesitance (explained through her chuunibyou, of course) and subsequent change of mind will bode well for the future. And Rikka even finishes off with a first kiss on the cheek. A promise of something more, following Yuuta’s promise to have time with her alone? And of course, everyone in the whole audience had the same feeling Shinka did when she saw that.
Shinka sees what she wanted to
Of course, I can’t be the only one who thought Rikka running toward Yuuta to give him a kiss was going to end in wackiness with them tumbling down the stairs, right? Or who thought that Sanae calling Rikka would give her away? Thankfully they didn’t ruin those moments with a typical gag. Or maybe that’s what they were trying to lampshade. All in all, this whole episode was nicely done, bringing the focus of the show back to where it needs to be: Rikka and Yuuta. Hopefully, with Rikka’s realization, we’ll get more development of their romance, finally. I’m just glad the show is back on the track I want it to be. And we didn’t see what was so important on the 3rd day of their class trip, since they only got to the second day. So let’s not go away from this next week with some Kuzuha-focused episode, ok?