Much like in the film I referred to, I prefer the Bad.
The Tsukasa arc is definitely bringing the drama. Tsukasa breaking form to publicly display her bad side, strangely good Tsukasa showing up after some sort of (self-imposed?) multiple personality disorder, and ugly dissenting classmates springing up when the work for the festival needs to be done. And a kiss and some DDDDAAAWWWW and not one but TWO slaps. Great stuff, though I feel bad for Tsukasa and whatever is going on with that personality change. Let us hope that she returns to young Cima Garahau mode soon.
Starting out there are some nice, everyday scenes around school that segway into the drama that would follow. But for the moment things are nice as the characters eat lunch. As a nod to the first arc we see Haruka eating the notorious roleplay buttercorn ramen…but with Hibiki! Oh, if only we had been privy to that conversation! I think it’s safe to assume yuri outside of the Haruka arc there. Away from the tables Junichi and Tsukasa sit and eat bento, the food made and packed by Tsukasa in her strongest sign yet of her attraction to Junichi. It really does seem like going out of her way to be friendly and get his attention, and it’s nice to see her moving relatively fast. Definitely faster than I expected. She must have a quick OODA Loop for romance as she’s been by far the most forward and direct.
Go ahead, feed it to her…
So as you once were, now you are again. The circle is complete.
At lunch the Axis of Bitchy begins to focus their hatred and jealousy towards Tsukasa and Junichi. Since Tsukasa can’t complete all the preparations with just her and Junichi she’s been forced to recruit help, the Axis among them, who just proceed to bitch and sow dissension in the ranks when the committee members aren’t there. But instead of holding up her mask, Tsukasa throws it to the ground and does full-on BADASS like some sort of younger Cima Garahau or Millia Fylene Jenius. Think she’ll just fold when you start bitching and complaining? When it’s your festival too? Tsukasa doesn’t give a f***. It was a wonderful sight to behold as she went up to the Axis leader, chewed her out, and then challenged her to try and make a come back which she couldn’t deliver. Served! Served! Served! Served!
Tsukasa, you’ve never been more beautiful.
Tsukasa in a definite RISE ABOVE moment.
Yes! Let the hate flow through you!
With the uprising beaten down for now there’s time to move on to other things. After school Tsukasa takes Junichi to the shrine where she first began indoctrinating him for a talk. She burns her notebook and symbolically abandons the solitary, perfectly planned way of doing things from before she got to know Junichi. But as interesting as that action was, her Senjyougahara moment was the highlight of the arc so far (at least to me.) It’s a bit sudden but she wasn’t really sure how to go about it. But with the ice broken blasted wide open it does allow her and Junichi to get right to the point and confess to each other. And then that kiss. DDDDDDAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWW! There hasn’t been one anywhere near as sweet since the final Kaoru arc episode. I’m quite glad that this arc has dispensed with the unconventional kissing locations, as that only really worked in the Haruka arc. And DAT NOSEBLEED! Nice to see non-fujoshi girl characters get so excited.
Best. Proposal. Ever.
Bah, who needs those!
Now shouldn’t Junichi yell “hentai!” and run off or something?
At this point there are two major events left to unfold, one in keeping with the pace and theme of the episode and the other a curveball. The Axis of Bitchy resorts to the cowardly tactics of Yuuka, Kurumi and Mahou and organizes the other girls to bully Tsukasa during dodgeball. But Kaoru shows her disdain for such lowlife bullies and joins Tsukasa, and then more reinforcements show up after Junichi hurriedly completes his assigned laps. Definitely a GAR moment for Kaoru there, and the way she stood beside Tsukasa, head slightly down and ready to fight reminded me of some of the best team-up moments in fighting or mecha shows when the new ally or returning old friend shows up to stand with their comrade against huge odds. The final blow against the Axis comes later when Tsukasa brings out the crocodile tears again and shames them in front of the class into rejoining the festival efforts, though it took a tense moment of emotional outburst on her part the night before to decide to act that way. Junichi tries to appeal her stubbornness and say that it’s not like her to jeopardize the festival planning when she slaps him then breaks out in tears over Junichi being so kind to her when she expects him to know ‘the truth.’ But then the next day she’s acting all perfect, even when alone with Junichi. And then the bombshell: she says that “that girl” isn’t here anymore. That this will make getting along with everyone easier. I kind of doubt that this is true multiple personality disorder exactly since she seemed to will away her more assertive personality. But it’s not really a healthy thing to be able to completely create and change personality like that in response to what others want, to the point of one’s mind thinking of each personality as a separate existence. Either way, both Junichi and myself are concerned and not happy about this change. As Junichi said in the preview “what happened to the person I fell in love with?”
HELL YEAH! Needs a bro-fist and some hero music!
Maybe this is something like that supposed ‘moe effect’ but I feel so bad for Tsukasa right here.
DAT GOOD MORNING. I had to listen to it two or three time. Hhhhhnnnnngggggg.