November 28, 2010
Yeah, the reason why I didn’t blog this last week was that I didn’t really approve of the ending. Rihoko got the really short of the stick in her arc. Even though such an ending was really expected given the entire approach of the arc itself, Rihoko got nowhere as close in 4 episodes that the other girls got in their first ones. You gotta feel bad for her.
Well anyway time for the final arc and the final girl, Ayatsuji.
November 12, 2010
You want it but you’re afraid to get it. You wish for it but you’re afraid that it might not be what you wished for. You ask for it but you think you want to give it back. Confusing feelings indeed, but there really are people who think that taking it slow and doing maintenance on the status quo is the best approach to get out of the friend zone. A very paradoxical idea, yet human emotion is itself a den of paradoxes, and romance is at the top of the list where people do one thing yet also do the other, thinking that opposites will get you where you want to be, out of both fear and desire.
I’ve done it before, and it seems Rihoko is doing it too.
November 6, 2010
Another friend, another zone. It’s been suggested by some that, if we consider the fated Christmas day two years ago as the starting point for every cosmic reset Junichi gets, then it’s likely that Rihoko’s been in love with him ever since in every story and in every reset. Yes indeed it’s actually kind of sad, even if Rihoko doesn’t show it much, considering now that we’re watching things from her point of view and not Junichi’s.
Also, since we ARE talking about what she believes is unrequited love here, we can’t even really tell if Junichi never really felt anything for her. In previous arcs we get to see that he does indeed feel for the heroines to some degree even at the start, but we can’t really say the same for sure here.
October 29, 2010
How many of you can easily name a series where the main protagonist changed in the middle of the story? Not much I can probably tell you, which makes it a bit surprising that the creators opted to shift the perspective from Junichi to the girl in question. It is however different inc concept since this series isn’t one continuous tale, and because the lead female became the focal point at the start of her story, it doesn’t neatly qualify as a shifting of protagonists.
Still, it might do the series some good to have different focus this time around, and based on my opinion that this is the best opener of the series so far, they may be on to something here.
October 22, 2010
Usually when I think Hot Springs, Onsen or whatever they call it in your language, I think of a bunch of beauties bathing bare as men peep and gawk like little children. Said spring usually has an inn with good food, and the end result is usually some pair or whatever ending up together despite the guy’s habit at sneaking a peek. Not that I’d blame them because every man with a pair of testicles is subject to such temptations on a daily basis.
But for this show, there are no peepings, no inns and no good food. Only a pair in a rather isolated but actually rather romantic setting, getting together, probably getting it on, and confirming their feelings for each other.
October 19, 2010
It might be sort of fitting that the very place they first met would be the very same place that they would have their first kiss. Of course once again the first move was done by Ai who’s been firmly in the lead ever since this arc began, so it’s a bit annoying that ol’ perverted Junichi still can’t quite grasp the situation in front of him. Ai’s been a very straight forward person even at this point, so it shouldn’t be that surprising.
Still, given the expectation that men should take the lead, I guess he would be surprised. She may be straight forward, but she’s still a general mystery for him.
October 8, 2010
There will always be a little kid inside a guy’s heart. We can’t get rid of it, it’s part of who we are. Even octogenarians have them. There’s always that little voice inside that’s telling us to just act silly, do what we want and get what we want. We don’t always listen to that little self of ours all the time, but it’s one of those things that keep us from being really… mature in a sense. I never believed in perfect maturity anyway, no one is perfectly mature, but that doesn’t mean that men can’t take the lead when he has to. Sometimes you just need to let the little kid inside out.
September 25, 2010
To answer why I didn’t blog Sae’s arc is because, aside from watching it almost solely for completion’s sake, I didn’t like Sae’s arc. At all. Mostly because while Sae was likable enough, Junichi was a completely perverted and single minded dumbass who thought more with his penis than with his brain. He may have single-handedly ruined the arc for me, as all the ridiculous events including the excess fanservicing were essentially his fault to begin with.
This is why this new arc really had my hopes up because I was expecting a lot for the new storyline, as well as the more intriguing prospects behind Nanasaki Ai.
And frankly, thank God, I wasn’t dissapoint.
August 20, 2010
Whether or not a unique friendship can really evolve into something deeper really depends on who you ask. There are many relationships that had started out as a close friendship that had turned into romance. There are even those that had started out as enemies and eventually became the opposite (keep your enemies closer as they say). Some romances you could see from day one, and others you would never had seen in a hundred years.
People have often said that good friends make great lovers, but obviously that does not always apply to every heterosexual friendships. Some are really better off as just friends, while some are really geared up for going to the next level.
How about Junichi and Kaoru?
August 14, 2010
If chocolate really solves everything then goddammit I must be doing it wrong.
At least for Kaoru it seemed to work. I guess what’s even more surprising is the fact that Junichi even remembered just how she loves chocolate, especially the seasonal ones. It says more about just how he knows and understands her more than anything, which really goes against both their assertions of being “bad friends”. Bad friends wouldn’t be this understanding of each other.
They know what to say, when to say it, what to do and when to do them. What could ultimately result from such a heterosexual relationship? Wow that sounded so cliche.