Things aren’t going well for Mitsuo
Well, the Olympics are now finally over, so back to watching all the anime!
A Night in Paris
Some things are surprising
The titular allusion is a reference to Kouko’s earlier desire to have her and Banri’s first time be a perfect night in Paris. In complete keeping with Kouko’s continuing relaxation of her perfect fantasy world that she had constructed in her mind and realizing that it’s better to have real experiences than fantasy experiences. So instead of holding out for a trip to Paris and a perfectly romantic night, she’s willing to compromise and try to bring her ‘Paris’ to Banri’s apartment. Never mind that her Eiffel Tower is pretty terrible. And almost deadly.
Kouko doesn’t want to give up
Kouko’s admission that Banri’s apartment has become a place she’s comfortable in was very nice. One of her biggest issues throughout the show has been being genuine, true to herself instead of to the ideal she wants to project or have her life live up to. She’s been successful now on two fronts in working towards being more authentic: with her group of friends, even Mitsuo, and with Banri alone. I really think this is entirely due to being included in such a group and having an actual boyfriend instead of an obsession. I’ve said it before, but I think the best thing that could have happened for both Kouko and Banri is that they become a couple. They’ve both shown so much growth, both together and externally, and have been what the other needs.
Eventually they relax some
But now Kouko wants to step it up. I like the presentation here, that Kouko is both hot for Banri and also somewhat scared of it. If we hadn’t seen her last week begging for kisses and reveling in Banri’s scent while alone in his apartment, there would be a lot more wondering about how much she really is sincere about wanting to get more physical, but I think that the show has set up her sincere desire pretty well. Of course, that doesn’t mean that she’s completely comfortable with it, and their intimacy kind of hits the roadblock of circumstance, like everything that Kouko tries. Luckily she wasn’t hurt too much when her terrible statue fell on her head. But this really followed Banri and Kouko’s usual pattern: The first time they try anything, they’re both too worked up to actually follow through. I’m sure that eventually they’ll be able to relax more and enjoy themselves.
The Ugly Misunderstanding Train
Linda fills Banri in
I’ve mentioned before that the incomplete information that everyone in this show is seemingly determined to keep away from each other is causing problems, and this time we see that the noose may be closing because of it. First we have the speedbumps in a possible Linda x Mitsuo relationship, since Linda has been cold to Mitsuo since their encounter at the club, and Mitsuo can’t figure out why, although he knows that his being a jerk didn’t help. So he’s trying to get closer to her by filming a feature on the Festival Club, which only serves to freak Linda out more. As she tells Banri, she started thinking too much about what Mitsuo was interested in, and Linda really sells herself short, as Banri tries to tell her. She really is a cool person, and anyone would be interested in her. But the problem is that she just doesn’t know what Mitsuo finds interesting about her, so she’s kind of freaked out.
Banri doesn’t actually say anything
But the real problem shows up later, and is directly related to Banri not telling the others about his past. And he even realizes it’s a problem, but hasn’t been able to tell them: not Mitsuo when he asks (although to be fair, that’s partly Mitsuo’s fault for cutting him off), and not Chinami and 2D-kun. And when Chinami sees Banri being friendly with Linda, she gets mad at him from two directions. First that he’s talking very friendly with the girl Mitsuo likes, and that he’s there without Kouko. Even though Kouko knows about Banri and Linda, and even knows that he was there to talk to Linda in this particular instance. But because Chinami doesn’t know, what else is she going to think but “Banri is two-timing my friend Kouko, and with this girl who is kind of my replacement.” Banri really needs to clear this up as soon as he can, but it’s kind of getting away from him.
The wrong person to come by at that time
Well, they tried changing Golden Time to business time (Ok, that’s the last time I’ll use that joke) but as usual, things happen and screw it up. But it really seems like both Kouko and Banri are ready for that, so they will get there eventually. They just need to relax themselves. Where the real problem is is that so many of Banri’s friends just don’t know about his past. His past relationships, his past health issues, his memories. So it’s understandable that Chinami and Mitsuo get a bit of a wrong impression, and that’s what’s causing problems. Now Banri’s going to have to do some damage control, and hopefully Kouko will help him with Chinami.