SENSITIVE INTELLIGENCE REPORT – RESTRICTED DISSEMINATION
SUBJECT: 1. INCREASED COMMUNICATION AND CLOSENESS DURING FIRST SOLO DATE.
……………2. REPEATED PROVOCATIONS FROM JO.
DATE: LATE MARCH 2010 (31 DECEMBER 2009.)
1. FIRST SOLO DATE FOR THE COUPLE WAS SET UP BY ALLIED COORDINATION. NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE SHRINE PRODUCED A GREAT DEAL OF OPEN COMMUNICATION BETWEEN SAWAKO AND KAZEHAYA AND POTENTIAL DISTRACTIONS AND AWKWARDNESS WAS ELIMINATED BY OBSERVATION TEAM USING A COMBINATION OF WIRELESS COMMUNICATION AND DIRECT INTERVENTION.
2. CLASSMATE JO WAS ALSO PRESENT AND WOULD HAVE COMPROMISED THE OPERATION IF IT WERE NOT FOR THE SWIFT INTERVENTION OF THE OBSERVATION TEAM. WHILE THEY DISTRACTED HIM, HE ENTERTAINED FANTASIES OF AYANE LIKING HIM, EVEN CONSIDERING INTIMATE PHYSICAL CONTACT. HQ AND C/O ARE IN AGREEMENT THAT JO BE DESIGNATED AN ENEMY COMBATANT AND PROMPTLY ELIMINATED AT THE FIRST OPPORTUNITY. HQ AUTHORIZES USE OF ANY FORCE DEEMED NECESSARY.
Not a lot to say this time around, since the majority of the episode was the conversation between Sawako and Kazehaya as they spent their New Year’s together. It’s good to see the two being more open with each other, even if they still act fairly awkward and have some issues keeping up a flow of conversation. Still, they have improved noticeably from past moments together and are starting to share more personal information with each other. Both of them were more forward this time in stating that they’re interested in each other, with Sawako letting Kazehaya know that she wanted to see more of the Kazehaya others don’t know about, and Kazehaya (awkwardly) letting her know how much he wanted to ask for her email address. Saying that he wanted to get her email even if he had to force the issue isn’t exactly smooth or charming, his heart is in the right place even if his choice of words communicated his desire to talk to her in a most facepalm-worthy manner.
The rest of the elements in the episode were good. Kimi ni Todoke continues with its very impressive visuals with the nighttime snow, and Chizu, Ayane, and Ryu had a great role as the support team. Chizu’s loud opening to her phone call with Kazehaya nearly blew their cover, but it was hilarious and after she quieted down the goal of breaking the awkward silence between Sawako and Kazehaya was accomplished. Jo has become even more insufferable though. He was another problem the support team had to fix, since he would have gone running after Kazehaya and insisted on tagging along if he saw him. Then, when Ayane subtly restrained him, he started having more thoughts about Ayane liking the pathetic loser back. Even trying to cop a feel ‘accidentally’ as they stood together. I agree with Kabitzin, the kid has crossed the line from annoying to hated. How pathetic.
Only one more episode left, and I’m hoping that things end definitively with the confession of feelings and the start of a real relationship for Sawako and Kazehaya. It’s not much time to tie up things with Chizu and Ryu as well, as that seems to be in the cards, but it depends on pacing. There’s been a lot of speculation about a second season, but unless I get my (unlikely) wish of a second season that covers Sawako and Kazehaya as a couple, I think I’d rather there be a resolution now. There may be a storyline in the manga that would make for an excellent full second season, but if not then I wouldn’t want such a lovely story to be stretched out beyond what is realistic. But only the next episode will tell.
Crusader’s Record of Kazehaya War
It was a long time coming but finally the first true date has occurred if only Ume were there to see it… That would have been delightfully and very very painful for Ume but incredibly joyous for me. I have no idea why Ryuu is being a buzz kill but he better haul ass otherwise it will be Yano who will whisper sweet nothings into Chizu-chan’s ears, really the guy needs to take care of himself since Kazehaya is in good hands… Jo is coming off as quite a lecherous ass hole who not only stinks of lose but reeks of desperation though granted Yano’s New Year’s eve mode was a cut above the rest. Good job to Yano and Chizu not only was the first sortie of Sawako Mk II YC Custom a splendid success but it actually inspired Kazehaya to spark conversation instead of stare blankly and bask in Sawako’s radiance. Sawako’s past was rather depressing but that is all behind her now and she has a most glorious future ahead of her. Should Kazehaya fail to capitalize on this then he will have no part in her future and will end up like Jo and desperately drink Amazake trying to get some sort of buzz. Now that Yano has helped Sawako it’s time she thought about how to help herself and find a guy or girl that will not strike her in a manner that Schwartz Bruder would disagree with. Also she can do a lot better than Jo. It was satisfying and there is one more episode to come, but want to see Sawako’s first kissu, though at this speed i have my doubts it will happen though I would be more than happy to be wrong. Also fuck Sawako’s cola drinking hack of a cousin I hope the fucker has obesity and liver problems! Oh and I wish Ume upon him!
Well the chase is finally over Kazehaya, now that Sawako is in your arms what ever will you do now…?
But no dice…
It’s all Kazehaya’s fault!
It took 24 episodes but who is counting, eh?
Keep dawdling and Chizu will end up in a yuri pairing.
They have broken past the Jo picket line…
What is Guinness no good or is it that you can’t handle the stuff?
Indeed it barely qualifies as alcohol.
Perception need not equate to reality and IT IS EVERYTHING.
Drink Guinness and be VERY HAPPY.
I know who is a happy drunk…
Don’t worry it’s not a real drink but it ain’t exactly a bitch drink either, well not in the usual sense…
It’s…precious to him.
Sawako is shocked by Kazehaya’s hold man habits.
Tiny bubbles…In her wine…makes her happy, makes her feel fine…
So sad to see that Kazehaya had no gift and did not improvise…
You know what…fuck that guy I hope he dies a fat ass from all that high fructose corn syrup.
It was a good year Sawako, but there will be more years to come and I assure that they will be better .
Yeah I am so happy I could cry too… Here’ looking at you kid.
ExecutiveOtaku’s Unadulterated Adoration of Sawako and Current Intelligence Report
Kazehaya triggers a Sawako flag.
I love this supporting cast. Chizu’s grin is just perfect.
Conditions could not have been more perfect for the perfectly executed plan to set them up on their New Year’s/Sawako’s birthday date.
It’s called shipping, Ryu.
Doing nothing to dismiss the rumors of these two being Sawako’s yakuza backup.
One of many shots that made this episode DAAAWWWsome.
EO’s DAAAAWWWWW of the Week: the reaction to Kazehaya listing his firsts that only Sawako has seen.
He will wear anything Sawako makes for him, even a haramaki. In the future she should use this to her advantage. Perhaps she can take some lessons from K-On’s Sawa-chan-sensei (they are both named Sawako…)
The simultaneous request. Good to see them on the same page, both becoming more forward at the same time.
Suki, daisuki, and aishiteiru are all acceptable.
A little more embarrassing than she might have thought. Good job Kazehaya on figuring out the birthday from the numbers.
Kazehaya is overcome by the DAAAAAWWW, in turn producing some of his own.
I know this is Sawako trying hard to remember past events, but she looks like she could also be kind of annoyed and I for one would welcome some angry Sawako the next time Ume shows up.
Cute and depressing all at once.
Seems like Canaan taught someone other than Ms. SUGOI.
I am bridge connecting our home planet to the vast reaches of space where so much is yet to be understood. I am also a human, straggling between the present world… and our future. I am the regulator, the coordinator, the one who is meant to guide the way…errr wait, wrong series.
Sawako joyfully with tears in her eyes recounting the happy events of the past year. Many bonds of friendship were formed and feelings realized. Great were challenges posed by the enemies of True Love and Friendship, but Yuuka and Vichy-tan in turn fell before the righteous power of Sawayakyaa!
At the dawn of a new year. And happy birthday Sawako! Here’s to the future!