…in all the old, familiar places.
Sukitte Ii na yo.
Plot summary: Yamato continues to model, and ends up neglecting Mei. We get half an hour of Mei looking mopey until her friends tell her to act on her feelings. As a result, she ends up rewarding Yamato for his shitty behavior.
• Mei: “They really seemed like a real couple. They were so pretty. So radiant.” Oh Mei, that’s not what defines a real couple. A real couple wakes up and goes to bed thinking about the other person. A real couple can have a real conversation — and I do mean a real conversation — long into the night. A real couple considers the other person’s feelings. Not that the list stops here or anything, but suffice it to say, Yamato and Megumi hardly make a real couple. Actually, neither does Yamato and Mei.
• How can people be so blind? Mei is giving the thousand-yard stare in every single scene, but none of her friends, including Yamato, pick up on it. Instead, the one thing her supposed boyfriend seems to care about is that she finds him handsome: “Really? You really thought so?” Unless he’s the densest dude ever, c’mon, he knows he’s handsome. Everyone else says so, but all of a sudden, he needs Mei’s confirmation?
• Megumi delivers the news that the modeling agency wants Yamato to keep modeling. Wouldn’t, uh, the agency tell him themselves? It seems highly unprofessional to send a high school girl to relay the message.
• Well, Yamato finally asks Mei what she thinks, but he does so in front of everyone else. He’s kind of putting her on the spot. On the other hand, she’s always had a chance to voice her displeasure, so y’know, screw them both. They’re both so unlikeable.
• Mei is so spineless.
• No, I’m not advocating that Yamato should instantly stop modeling just because Mei’s insecure about it, but a real couple should make clear their feelings. If Mei’s unhappy, then say so. Have an honest, open discussion about it. I would actually find such a thing interesting to watch. Instead, we’ll just have the characters look sad for the majority of the episode, ’cause watching mopey people powerless to do anything doesn’t make me want to beat my right temple in with a hammer at all!
• Mei brought cookies, which she clearly made for Yamato, but then doesn’t allow him to eat it. Yep. Also, here’s a guide to how to be a good cook:
• Haha, Yamato is such a bad boyfriend. He even goes to another girl’s home and eats her cooking! How dumb can you be? Wait, no, he’s also a bad friend. You don’t need to be lovers to notice that someone in your group of friends is unhappy. So I guess they’re all bad friends.
• The juxtaposition here is hilarious if you haven’t noticed. Mei struggles to even make cookies. Meanwhile, Megumi whips up curry, curried potato salad, and more!
• Megumi: “Uh, um… Maybe from now on, after work… We could eat dinner together?” Of course Yamato would say yes. ‘Cause he’s dumb as hell. He sees a sad-looking girl, and he instantly agrees to eat dinner with her multiple times a week. He sees his sad-looking girlfriend and does fucking nothing.
• Everyone’s dumb. Her friends are dumb: “What’s wrong [with Mei]?” Gee, I dunno. And the sad thing is, Mei doesn’t even have the right to complain either because she’s too much a chicken to voice her displeasure. If you can’t stand up for yourself, no one should have to do it for you!
• Oh my God! Asami noticed. She actually noticed. She simply decided to say nothing either. You all suck. I hope none of you ever reproduce so you never treat your kids the same way.
• Asami: “That’s an emotion unique to girls.” Yeah, uh huh, ’cause guys are never jealous. This show is stupid.
• So in the end, Mei shows her true feelings by kissing the dirtbag who’s been ignoring her and going to another girl’s home. I guess they deserve each other.
Plot summary: Nanami tries to play matchmaker and helps Nekota find the courage to talk to Kurama. When a classmate confesses her love for Tomoe, however, Nanami realizes that she’s in love with Tomoe too. She tries to go on a date with him by dragging the familiar to the aquarium, but Tomoe clearly isn’t having any fun. Nanami eventually admits her feelings to Tomoe, but he rejects them. Despite this, Nanami resolves not to give up.
• I love Nanami’s expression here:
She seems so proud of herself… in a good way.
• KamiKiss almost seems to exist in that liminal zone: there’s nothing to hate on, but there’s also nothing to write home about either. It’s more comedy and drama, but it’s not that funny either. Actually, I have my own theory on comedy in anime, but I’m saving that for a rainy day. My point is simply that this show doesn’t make me laugh until it hurts. Oh well, that’s okay. The wacky facial expressions every now and then keeps the anime mildly entertaining. Here’s another one!
• Luckily for Nanami, Tomoe’s too dutiful to make her feel jealous by doing something like walking home with another girl. Unluckily for her, he’s also probably too dutiful to date his master.
• What the hell am I looking at?
Speaking of which, anime shows sure love aquariums.
• Holy shit, how long did that fall take? Anyway, at least Nanami has guts, but it was pretty stupid that she almost allowed herself to die just because he rejected her.
Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun
Plot summary: Haru confesses his feelings to Shizuku again, but she rejects him. He starts to get too clingy and weird, so Shizuku tells him off. Meanwhile, Shizuku does well on a mock exam, so she thinks she’s doing the right thing by rejecting Haru. Despite this, Haru refuses to give up on her. Just as an aside, Oshima says to herself that she won’t give up either! Nobody ever gives up in shoujos. Nobody.
• Was Haru’s aunt some sort of scientist? I wonder if that’s who he got his smarts from.
• I can’t imagine Haru trying to hit on a girl, so Natsume’s being kind of silly here. I mean, she should know him well enough by now to realize the guy doesn’t have pick-up lines or moves to speak of.
• Actually, that was a pretty astute line from Haru: “You think so? She looked like she was completely done with this problem set.” We’re privy to Shizuku’s thoughts, but I wish we could actually hear Haru’s thought process at times. I wonder how aware he really is.
• Should Haru confess his true feelings to Shizuku? I don’t agree with Natsume because I don’t think he knows his own true feelings. With Mei in Sukitte Ii na yo., it is obvious that Mei’s unhappy, so it was frustrating to see her sit there and do nothing. Haru’s emotions aren’t so straightforward though. More importantly, he’s not reliable. Until he really knows what he wants, I don’t think he should muck things up by prematurely confessing to Shizuku, which he’s already done before.
• Those creepy vibes are returning:
In a later scene, Natsume has to teach Haru that being touched by someone you don’t like is a terrible feeling. Judging by his reaction, Haru honestly seems to not have realized this. To be fair, this isn’t exactly knowledge you’re born with, but what sort of childhood did Haru even have? He’s shown he can learn from his mistakes, so his behavior isn’t the result of some bizarre mental defect. Haru simply hasn’t been taught anything about social interactions, but why not?
• Oy, his friends are no help:
Oshima: Mizutani-san was mad because she was worried about you doing dangerous things for her sake.
Haru: “R-really?! I could have sworn she was mad because I ruined her plans!”
Yeah, uh, I’d stick to your original conclusion, pal.
• Yo Oshima, why bother saying you won’t give up if you haven’t even started?
No, seriously. What’s there to give up on if you haven’t even tried? If you like the guy, say so. Then you can choose to either give or not. Otherwise, what you’re saying makes no sense.
• The way Shizuku acts around her friends sometimes cheapens the development she supposedly underwent all the way back in the second episode. If you don’t remember what I’m referring to, at the end of the second episode, Shizuku pretty much said that being around Haru allows her to enjoy life more. Despite this, however, you’ll often find Shizuku grumbling over simple things: “Why do they like moving around in groups?” The girl seems as uptight now as she did when the show first started.
• Oh God, maybe we aren’t privy to Haru’s thoughts because this is one of the ways in which he sees the world:
• Anyway, this episode is kind of boring, and Tonari no Kaibutsu-kun now seems like it’s stuck in a rut. Nothing new is happening whatsoever. First, Haru liked Shizuku, but she didn’t like him back. Then she liked him, but he didn’t like her back. Now, he likes him, but she doesn’t want to like him back. C’mon, man.