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Wow, it’s almost over. It feels like this season just flew by, but I gotta say, watching those end credits did put into perspective just how far this show, the characters – and really, all of us watching – have come. It will be hard to say goodbye.
Sorry, what’s that? The show’s still on? What the hell is that you’re talking about? Of course it’s ending. They did the usual credits roll, which is a recap montage that ends the show. We’re done, right?
Okay, yeah, we are only halfway through. The credits are still a bit strange. Although I really like Yuki’s and Itsuomi’s romance, I am not sure it is a good relationship. “Hey, we’re officially dating”The celebration was well deserved. Though it You can learn more about it here.It’s nice to get the will-they/won’t they phase out of the picture, even if the episode seems to spend its entire runtime on that. I can’t really complain, because the atmosphere is perfect and we end the episode with the couple actually, factually, together. Romances in which the couple becomes engaged before the episode ends are more common. But it’s still nice to see a show that is confident enough to tackle the topic of building and maintaining a real relationship.
It’s also nice to see Itsuomi in his inner world before he goes steady. It gives us more insight into what he likes about her. His line about Yuki being “crystal clear”Itsuomi is a very insightful and observant person. It makes it sound like he can usually tell when other people are lying or bullsh*tting him – for instance, immediately figuring out what Emma was up to at his apartment – and that Yuki is just so earnest and honest about everything that it’s gotten him to lower his guard. It’s still speculation on my end because Itsuomi makes himself very hard to read. You can tell throughout the episode that he is as elated and happy as Yuki.
It would be remiss of me not to mention how well Yuki’s emotions are expressed and captured throughout this entire episode. There are so many little moments that perfectly capture first love, from the warmth of Itsuomi’s embrace to the stunned disbelief of their friends when he casually revealed their relationship. My personal favorite is the moment when she asks. “why”Itsuomi’s delicate nuance in her signing. Her first “why” is one of clarification – crisp, straightforward, direct – while the second one is timid, embarrassed, and so expressive you can imagine exactly how Sumire MorohoshiWould have delivered it as spoken line. This is great animation done in the right way. It makes the moment feel intimate and powerful.
One thing I find annoying is that the show seems to feel the need to return to Oushi in every episode. It’s not so much that Oushi sucks as a person – though he does – but rather that he feels vestigial at this point. Oushi isn’t a factor at all. Yuki and Itsuomi have been together for weeks, and he hasn’t even pretended that he was a part of the relationship. He only got Yuki’s contact information this episode and had to. Ask her momI get it. It feels generous to call him a secondary or tertiary role right now. If we’re not doing anything with him, then I’d like to just be spared of the weekly check in on the guy. Emma’s whole deal is already causing a lot of drama, so I’m not really sure why Oushi is still here. There’s a chance that a conflict will arise now that our main couple is past the threshold. I can’t see Mr. Overprotective reacting well when he finds out Yuki’s dating someone, especially if that person won’t be there for several weeks. Let’s hope we can move that train along rather than having it sit in the station for another week.
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