Some sisterly bonding.
Things aren’t all romcom as Mikakunin introduces some intrigue surrounding Hakuya and the Mitsumine family. What exactly are the Mitsumines hiding?
Kobeni needs more cowbell.
To start off, the show executes the ever-ubiquitous anime fever. Second only to (or sometimes synonymous with) the anime cold, the anime fever strikes unsuspecting characters without warning, leaving the poor victims bedridden and in need of intimate care. Normally I don’t hold such ailments in high esteem due to their usual inexplicable or incredulous nature. Mikakunin is able to pull it off without being too contrived though, so I must praise the show for making such an unsavory plot device at least palatable. So basically from this event, we learn that Kobeni has always had a weak constitution. I’m a little miffed a detail that’s obviously going to be so important was conveniently left unmentioned until this point. You’d think they’d at least inform the fiancé and his family about the serious and recurring health condition that the bride-to-be suffers from. And it’s not even something particularly sensitive, so there’s no good reason to withhold such information from potential future family, especially when the deal is supposedly sealed by word of late family head. In the end, the introduction of this point just comes across as a bit too telegraphed considering we’ve never seen so much as the slightest hint at Kobeni’s condition until its revelation now.
So what is this “warm and fluffy” thing?
The other big “revelation” of sorts in this episode is the heavy hinting that there’s more to the Mitsumine family than meets the eye. Technically, we’ve already seen subtle suggestions at this from the very beginning when Mashiro was somehow able to transfer into Kobeni’s high school despite clearly being far too young (and she’s obviously not a genius so it’s not her intellect letting her skip grades). But this episode really lays it on with several peculiarities. First there’s Hakuya’s unbelievable speed. The show could have brushed that off as comedic exaggeration, but considering the characters kept hounding the issue this doesn’t look to be just some quirk. Then there’s Kobeni likening his emotional expressions to those of a dog. How she figures anything from his poker face is beyond me, but that’s probably supposed to show that she’s grown close enough to the guy to know him better than his own sister. Finally, there’s Kobeni’s dream in which she vaguely recalls the events of the fateful day when she fell off the cliff. In this dream, she’s injured and lying beside something “warm and fluffy” after taking the tumble. Now, it isn’t too difficult to put these pieces together and make a wild speculation that perhaps Hakuya (and in extension the Mitsumine family) isn’t exactly human.
I realize claiming that the Mitsumine family might not be human is a pretty crazy thing objectively. But from what’s been shown in this episode, the only conclusion I can reach (or at least the conclusion I believe the show wants us to believe) is that Hakuya is a werewolf or something along those lines. For a show that we expected to be a simple romcom, that comes out of left field. I admit, Mikakunin has made several references and allusions to such supernatural topics as aliens and cryptids in the past, but allow me to reiterate that I am very surprised that it’s taken the first few steps in this direction. It just didn’t seem like that kind of show. That said, it’s still not impossible to attempt to rationalize the suspicious elements. Maybe Hakuya is just very athletic and thus runs incredibly fast. Maybe that “warm and fluffy” something was just Hakuya’s coat that he left with Kobeni when he went to seek aid. But honestly, these potential explanations are just as unlikely as the very things they attempt to rationalize in my eyes.
What exactly is Hakuya?