They’re totally back together, right?
You didn’t think it would be that easy, did you?
Riding with your girlfriend’s dad after she broke up with you… awkward
We mentioned last week in the comments that it seemed that the preview was showing Banri and Kouko all happily back together. I mean, Banri was so stunned at what happened that he wouldn’t move from the spot where Kouko walked away. Not until Kouko’s dad came and picked him up. I’m not really sure how good Dad’s advice to Banri is, or his hassling Banri about being passive, waiting for Kouko to change her mind and come back to him. He’s right that Banri didn’t chase her, and was waiting for her to come back, but would chasing her have made a difference? Would it have forced some argument? Or would it just have crystallized more? The real key is the anti-anxiety medication that Dad mentions, and I think there’s more meaning to “insecure and in pain” than was let on.
Mitsuo even tries to intervene on Banri x Kouko’s behalf
And then everything seems fine when Kouko greets Banri at school the next day. That is, until she just drops the bomb that “Oh yeah, we broke up.” She’s definitely the only one who knew that. And then Kouko proceeds to tell everyone that she doesn’t really care, about them, about school, about her relationship with Banri. And as bad as my predicting has been on Nagi no Asukara, I got this one right, that Kouko did see Banri’s freakout the day before on the Oka-mera, and for whatever reason decided that she had to break up with him. It does still sound like she’s trying to convince herself, and trying to continue to be friendly with everyone is just the kind of wacky thing she’d do, because you know that usually when you break up, you both don’t get to keep all the friends.
JC Staff has had some great Kouko Faces in this series
It’s Harder on the Others
Yeah, Linda’s not happy about this
What’s worse than your girlfriend announcing you’ve broken up to all your friends? Having to face Linda, who’s still carrying what appears to be a ton of guilt about her past with Banri. Even if Banri’s ok with giving up Kouko, Linda’s not ok with him giving her up. And I think that a lot of that comes back to Linda liking Now Banri much better than Old Banri. And being with Kouko is part of Now Banri, so she doesn’t want to see that go away. But she also doesn’t want to see Banri give up. Especially because she’s done so much to support Now Banri, although a lot of that is probably because of that same guilt, which drives her to cry out that she wishes she could do that over again. I still don’t see that as Linda saying that she’d have accepted dating Banri, but at least he wouldn’t have been there alone to get run over (does it matter if the guy who ran him over is the guy whose affair Banri and Linda broke up?). I don’t like Give Up Banri much either, and his constant talk of ‘disappearing’ and not existing gets tiring.
And while I didn’t think the argument between Linda and Banri was as good as the arguments between Kouko and Banri have been, it was still another good part, where he finally confesses about holding back the truth from the club and from Mitsuo. And while he says that Kouko gave up on him, it’s him that’s still giving up on trying to get her back. That’s what Dad was trying to say, that’s what Linda was trying to say, that’s what Mitsuo was trying to say. Maybe with Banri going after Kouko at the end of the episode, he’s finally going to listen, but who knows.
So do we trust this preview? It didn’t seem to show much, tho, just Banri and Kouko talking. And a lot of 2D-kun. And how will Mitsuo end up reacting to Linda and Banri coming clean about their past? I don’t know if Oka knows about it yet either, but she seems to be a lot more tolerant of it, after she realized that her anger at Banri was more anger and regret at herself for losing Mitsuo and cutting her hair. And can Banri and Kouko really get back together after all this?