Summing up Hikari Tsuneki’s attitude in one picture
|Or should we say “Hikari Tsuneki, episode 2”? So was there much progress made, or is it stalling time?|
Ending Up in the Same Place for Different Reasons
Parents just don’t understand!
So it was Tsuneki climbing in Shouichi’s window at the end of last episode (because of course it was). The story is that she is at the study camp against her will, and was trying to escape, and Shouichi’s window just happened to be open when she was trying to get back after being “attacked” by deer and soaked by the rain. They banter for a while, finding out each other’s situation, and then Tsuneki borrows Shouichi’s jerseys to tide her over until she can dry out her wardrobe. The whole story as Tsuneki tells it is a typical story of teenage entitlement: “They found out I was working behind their backs, so they grounded me. Then when I tried to sneak out and go on a trip to the beach with my friends, they made me go to this Study Camp instead! Oh the injustice!”
Such a teen boy…
Nice dream, Shouichi…
Apart from Hikari’s Tales of Teen Woe, the encounter between the two of them actually goes pretty well for one with a teen boy who’s very aware of the teen girl in his room. Shouichi rightly realizes that pressing Hikari on her parents would be a bad idea and changes the subject, they discuss how wrong he is that he could go ask another girl for her clothes, and he hurts himself trying to peek down her top. Pretty typical, and the show didn’t really indulge in too much male-gazey shenanigans to play up the situation. Shouichi even gets a bit of a… compliment?… when she decrees that his clothes don’t really stink too much as she borrows his jerseys. But the fact of Hikari coming out of Shouichi’s room in a halter and booty shorts and holding his sweats makes the two of them the talk of the camp, since obviously they’re just there to fool around.
Somehow I think dem shorts have more to do with the rumors…
Just Run With It
Mako’s getting hot and bothered
“Hey, wanna do me in the sweats again?”
Hikari actually plays up the rumors that they’re a couple, leading her new classmate Mako (in the complete bottom of the camp class) on with tales of sexy adventures, but Shouichi breaks the illusion when he defends her against some other girls, who had overheard their lunch conversation where Tsuneki said that Shouichi’s sweats were “dabudabu” (baggy) as “raburabu” (you know what that is). And Shouichi manages to convince Hikari to stay at the camp instead of making another break for it, after Hikari makes everyone a late night snack, which she was goaded into by the mention of Shouichi’s older sister.
A nice heavy midnight snack of eggs and potatoes
I did notice that she rubbed his back for a rather long time here
I like the way that they’re playing this. It’s not “a Series of Obvious Romantic Encounters.” It’s more relaxed than that, with Shouichi and Hikari being two teens who are fairly comfortable with each other, and start to realize that they kinda like the other person. And I like the freedom that they are giving Hikari, that she’s not afraid to play up her sexy side to Mako and the other girls to get a rise out of them. But at the same time, she’s not really teasing Shouichi or anyone, just having a little fun with rumors in a fairly low-risk situation. About the only teasing of him she does is about getting married, which definitely isn’t serious at this point. And I like that Shouichi isn’t getting all daydreamy about possibilities with Hikari.
Maybe some realizations?
I do think that they’ll need to do a little bit more to get over the top of the hill with this couple. Something to make either Shouichi or Hikari, or both, realize that they need to try dating, not just being teen friends. But as I said last week, I like this laid back kind of story so far, in that they’re much more slowly bringing the two of these kids together. I hope they can keep the natural development going while still making it to a couple by the deadline, which I still think is two more episodes. It seems really achievable, tho.