Banri two-times Kouko!
Well, my week of vacation is almost over, but at least I’ve had the time off, unlike Sumairii who is buried under school. So it’s me flying solo for Golden Time again this week.
Caught by Nana-sempai
Kouko unveils her new move, trying to get the thought of Banri out of her head since he’s out of town. I mean, she only dropped by to get his mail. And while she was there, she thought she’d drop it off inside his place. And sniff his pillow. But that does get Nana-sempai interested in Kouko doing the move for their concert. I don’t know how many people would see that on the stage, but in the right makeup and outfit that would be pretty creepy. Nana also tests out her ‘yakuza attack’ plan on Kouko, freaking her out, but getting good feedback. But that’s all we get out of Kouko for the week, as the rest of the episode heads to Shizuoka and Banri’s reunion.
The Banri They All Expect
He almost doesn’t make it to the door
Even though Banri’s had the resolve to reclaim his past, he’s still fighting the fears he has about his past self. So when it’s time for the reunion of his high school class, he lets the fear take over a bit, and the insecurities rise to the top. Will anyone want to see him? He’s got quite the Imposter Syndrome, because he figures noone actually wants to see him, they want to see the Banri they knew, the guy whose memories he doesn’t have.
The pathetic stories begin
But it turns out better than he feared, because while everyone would like to see the Banri that remembered them, they still enjoy seeing that he’s generally in good health, and sharing stories about how he used to be. And boy, all the stories make Old Banri really sound like a pill. Lovelorn, pathetic, coming up with lame schemes to try to approach girls. Oh, and crying all the time. That’s everyone’s number one memory of Banri: crying. Old Banri truly is a person that Now Banri can’t get his head around, and that’s for the best. Nobody wants to be like that guy, and I don’t think that anyone at the reunion was really all that sad to see that Banri is now a bit different. And they do realize that he doesn’t remember them (despite continuously asking if he remembers various things), so everyone wears a PE bib with their name on it, in a nice gesture for him so he won’t be left trying to remember a whole bunch of strangers’ names.
Linda is happy about the new resolve Banri shows
But the most significant thing that happens is that Banri lets Linda know that he finally is embracing all of himself, something she’s glad to hear. What was she supposed to think before, when he said they should not acknowledge the past? How could she cut all those memories off? So she’d been somewhat angry at him, not knowing how to act, feeling like a nuisance. So when he finally decides he’s going to be all of himself, she’s relieved. Who knows what she was going to say when she sums up how things are going, that Banri has a girlfriend named Kouko and Linda is… what? What I imagine her saying is that she likes Now Banri a lot more than she did before. Whether that means that she’d be interested in a romance with him now, I don’t know. But this isn’t high school and Linda’s not going to try to take Banri away from Kouko, especially with Banri happy with Kouko and with the relationship being good for both of them.
Nobody minds seeing Ghost Banri get knocked off a bridge some more times
And have we now seen the last of Ghost Banri? It’s quite the change, seeing him tell Now Banri to “Leave me” and prying his hand off. Maybe he’s finally realized he can’t win, and been scared away by the accident as well. The best thing for the show is for Ghost Banri to just disappear from now on.
Nice personal growth from Banri, with help from his past classmates. The whole reunion was handled well, and the acceptance of Now Banri from Linda is important. Hopefully they can be true friends and even if there is some ‘might have been’ from Linda, I think without something major happening, there’s not going to be any rekindling of old flames. Even if Banri gets some of his memories back, if he stays the way he is, he’ll think his old self was probably pretty terrible, the same way the stories of his crying and pathetic behavior horrified him at his reunion. So next week, will we get more of the Exorcist? Or is Kouko going to make more of a move on Banri since she wants him to kiss her so much?