At the start of the episode, Kaori says, “Thank you, Hase-kun. For always being my friend.” Haha, so much for that. I can only watch and groan as Yuki distances himself from Kaori because he thinks he’s doing her a favor. He’s not even the one with the trauma, though. So y’know, why not let the girl decide what she can or cannot handle. But of course, Yuki’s job right now right now is to create unnecessary drama in order to prolong the series. It’s quite ironic how he has often been too scared to take action throughout the series, but he has no problems making this decision to hurt Kaori. She isn’t even hung up on Hajime anymore. She cries when she hears about the painful moments from the past, but this is true for a lot of people. Besides, crying is cathartic, and after the incident at the restaurant, she recovers the very next day. I could understand if Kaori had locked herself away in her room all week, but she’s making the best of the situation. As such, you’d think that someone who has been her friend for nearly a year now would realize that the best thing for him to do is to just be there and support her. But nope, Yuki’s got bigger designs!
Yuki finally learns why Kaori had lost her memories, and he’s completely freaking out over it: “Seeing Kujou made me realize that that could have been me.” Yuki’s worried that his friendship with Kaori may end up hurting her too. It’s like when a close family member dies, you start to worry that maybe someone else close to you will die as well. As a way to cope with the loss, people pour their energy into being overprotective, worrying that death could strike another loved one at any moment. With time, most people recover and return back to their normal selves. Others, however, require therapy to get over their newfound fear of death. But back to the anime, that’s the thing: Kaori got into an accident. It wasn’t Hajime’s friendship that hurt her. She got into a freak accident. I could understand if Yuki gets nervous every time Kaori tries to cross a street, but he’s worried about their friendship instead, which is silly. And that’s the other thing: Kaori was being bullied at the time by people she thought were her friends. As a result, she lost her faith in friendship or whatever. Great, yet another anime in which a bunch of girls hurt each other over a boy. But I digress. It’s probably safe to say that there aren’t any girls willing to bully Kaori over Yuki. So y’see, Yuki has nothing to worry about!
Yuki: “No matter what, I don’t want to make Fujimiya-san suffer any more.”
But that’s impossible. That’s literally impossible. Life is suffering, and this isn’t some Nietzschean or Sartrean bull crap either. This is just reality. As you live life, you will suffer. But you will also find happiness as well. But man, there isn’t going to be any goddamn happiness if your best friend decides out of the blue to give you the cold shoulder one day. In fact, a person might even suffer from this! Hell, what am I saying? There’s no ‘might’ here. C’mon, raise your hand if you’ve ever not suffered when a friend ignores you. Anyone? No one? I mean, isn’t it goddamn hilarious that he wants to prevent Kaori from suffering by deliberately hurting her in the first place? Oh right, he wants to prevent her from having to deal with a potentially greater suffering. That’s why he has decided to ensure that she’ll suffer now instead. Good logic. And what’s even the upside? Does Yuki expect Kaori to look back on this one day and go, “Yeah, he completely ditched me as a friend, but he did it to protect me! So overall, I’m happier!” That sounds patently idiotic. Yuki is patently idiotic. No, wait, it’s even worse than that. He isn’t just idiotic; he’s a coward.
Yuki confesses, “I don’t want to see Fujimiya-san in pain anymore.” That’s all it is. He can’t handle seeing her in pain anymore, so he’s going to distance himself from her even though this would clearly hurt and confuse the girl. You can’t force yourself into someone’s life for the past year, then turn the switch off unilaterally. Unfortunately, this is exactly what Yuki is trying to do, and he thinks it’ll work. I understand being scared. He’s still a kid, after all. But c’mon, I can’t respect this doublespeak. I can’t respect him for trying to spin this horrible thing he’s about to do to the girl as him just trying to protect her. The worst thing is, Yuki’s not even going to talk to her about it. It’s her life too. They both should have some say in the matter. But although this conversation may happen in the next episode, it won’t happen now because… let’s be honest, it takes guts, which is something Yuki is in short supply of. He is too scared to even talk to someone he considers a close friend. I find that despicable. So y’know what, cry all you want, Yuki, ’cause I’m done with this series. I’m sure there’s a happy ending at the end of the series. I’m sure someone will knock some sense into Yuki eventually. I just don’t care anymore.