March 26, 2011
A few years ago it was argued by me and a few others that the entirety of Clannad’s story, as well as After Story itself, existed for the sole purpose of bringing about episode 18 of the latter. Indeed it stands out as the climax, the pinnacle, and the very core of everything that the two seasons were always ever about. It brought full circle everything that Tomoya had been, become, and had learned in the process.
In the same vein, I argue that episode 9 and 10 are in the same way: the two seasons of Kimi ni Todoke existed solely for this hour when, finally, they lived up to what the title itself says. In one hour, not only Sawako but also Kazehaya had finally reached.
Reached out for each other,
March 10, 2011
I was not supposed to make a writeup, and yeah I didn’t, so let me do it this way. In all honesty I doubt anything I could say would do justice to how the events unfolded as I had seen before, and kudos to Production IG for their pecrfect adaptation.
February 24, 2011
It’s about damn time that Kento realized just how his “nice guy” act is screwing up everyone else’ lives. Even if you do consider him a do gooder by some standards, the road to hell is as always paved with good intentions, and it’s good that Sawako’s friends (and one acquaintance) finally slapped some sense into him, and quite literary at that.
And now that he’s out of the picture, it’s also about time that Sawako has finally realized that in the end, sometimes all you need is to say it. She needs to do it, and do it quickly.
February 18, 2011
It should have been obvious, but it wasn’t, and that’s really the issue with Sawako here. For all intents and purposes this was the low point of the manga for me, but the manga chapter didn’t annoy me as much as this episode because the episode cut out a bit of Sawako’s interior monologue that, for me, made all the difference between a simple misunderstanding and a very deep problem with Sawako’s way of thinking, a way of thinking that has been cultivated by years of rejection.
The line in question is, actually, the title of this post. It should have been obvious, but it wasn’t to her.
February 10, 2011
I guess when you like someone you really can’t help but get in the way when you know said person likes someone else. You, of course, want to win so you end up doing what you think is right for you and the one you want to become your significant other. Even if it does entail more questionable and underhanded methods to achieve your goals. I could rage about how Kento is moving and shaping things according to what he wants but hey, he has the right to do so since it’s his feelings.
It just sort of sucks for Shota and Sawako who obviously like each other but are in the midst of confusion when a 5th wheel gets in the way.
January 27, 2011
Kazehaya likely doesn’t fully understand the way he’s running the gamut of emotions these days. Watching the girl he likes continue to be oblivious to his (admittedly) poor attempts to make his feelings known is making him cycle through anger, jealousy, depression and whatever else someone madly in love goes through. As a whole I’d call it a pervading sense of melancholia on his part, considering that as he watches Kenta make his moves around Sawako (with his motives still vague), he really doesn’t know what he wants or needs to do.
Since we only get 13 episodes this season, he better act damn fast!
January 20, 2011
Loud and obnoxious people are people you can’t really avoid. I mean sure you may have some friends who are like that, but me personally I have a relative dislike for people who are loud and distinctly tactless, moreso if they intend to be that way in the first place. Hell, even more if they’re getting in the way of something important and they know it.
Kenta is, for a lack of a better term, a fifth wheel who seems to know that he’s a fifth wheel. Okay perhaps he doesn’t know just yet, but I surmise he will eventually. How he will act and get in their way is up to anime viewers to speculate. To say any more would be spoilers so yeah.
January 13, 2011
As opposed to most Western Nations, in Japan Valentine’s Day is usually from the side of the girls. For most of use we give flowers, chocolates and whatever else we think girls will like. In Japan it’s the girls who give out chocolate to the guys they like. In addition they also give obligatory chocolates to friends and close acquaintances, reserving of course the special stuff for the guys they like.
In a good way everyone gets chocolate, unless of course you’re really waiting for that special chocolate from that special someone. If you don’t, sucks to be you I guess.
January 6, 2011
Some people might find it odd that the recap episode that starts off a new season would come from the point of view of the character most people consider the antagonist of the series. Such characters usually don’t have a very positive opinion of the main characters, or at least the ones they don’t like, but I can’t deny that such an approach really gives as a more fleshed out characterization of the lead cast, but also to the supposed “villains” themselves.
I can’t also deny that this is one of the best recap episodes I’ve ever seen.