EO here, filling in for Crusader’s portion of the post since he’s been stuck in hell, also known as the state of Mississippi, for the last few weeks without a decent internet connection. I’m mostly going to concentrate on the most recent developments since episodes 07 and 08 led up to this point, the dramatic confession. FINALLY! I love Kimi ni Todoke even with (or maybe because of) how slowly it moves but the last this whole season has been one more cliffhanger or near-miss after another. I don’t think my heart can take it anymore but thankfully we have a breakthrough in this most recent episode. Now if it weren’t for Joe…
Despite Kazehaya’s confession in the previous episode, Sawako and Kazahaya continue to believe that each has been rejected by the other, while everyone preoccupies themselves with making costumes and equipment for the school festival. Soon, it’s the first day of the festival and Sawako’s Black Magic Café is a huge hit, however, after a last ditch effort from Kent to steal her affections, Sawako realises she needs to confess to Kazahaya and rushes off to do so. Finally, after what seems like a lifetime spent on opposite sides of a classroom door, Sawako confesses and Kazehaya initiates a hug, before they are interrupted by JOE! [GRR!!], before the episode ends with the students that night finishing their preparations for the next day’s parade.
Firstly, apologies for the delay with these posts, the reason being [insert boring excuse that no one really wants to hear anyway]. However, thanks to EO-senpai for pitching in while Mr Rage in stuck in the suck.
Secondly, what developments, eh! Like the rest of you, I’m sure, I certainly approve of the second confession (and about bloody time too, love!) and DAT HUG. While we might have all raged at the silly misunderstandings and time-wasting that went on in epis 7 and 8, epi 9 more than made up for it. While it was certainly daww-/ kyaa-worthy, not much to actually say about DAT HUG (I’ll leave that to EO, lol) except to rejoice that it actually happened (and possibly try not to form a lynch mob to go after Joe for interrupting it…). I will add a few brief thoughts on the, er, contributions of Kurumi and Kent though, in terms of pushing things along, before my final thoughts on the events to date.
Well, regarding a certain Shishou, it was rather disappointing to see how he simply ended up being another rival after all for Sawako, and didn’t seem to do much to develop her character and improve her confidence that much (I could’ve sworn that he came across better in the corresponding manga chapters, but I can’t honestly remember, so I won’t say much more about that). Either way, say what you like about him (whether you choose to communicate this with words or fists is, of course, a personal preference), but he was certainly a major catalyst in (rather dramatically) helping the OTP do something about their feelings for each other. In contrast, I have less to say about Kurumi, as she seems to have been more of a peripheral (though certainly effective) presence in this series so far, however, she was also of key significance in terms of getting Sawako to wake up not just to her feelings, but to the need to act on them too.
Finally, from me, that last epi was just a warm bundle of fuzziness, wasn’t it?! Not least of all because Kazehaya and Sawako spent half of the epi simply talking and hugging, haha! Still, the adorable blushing and awkwardness and the desire to lynch Joe aside, it’s great that they, after so much angsting, finally confessed and I have high hopes for the final episodes of this series. And, like Sawako and Kazehaya, I’m sure we can’t wait for ‘tomorrow’ either! Hurrah!
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To touch briefly on episodes prior to the most recent, I think I’ve RAGED even more over Kent than Kurumi back in season one. Kurumi may have been underhanded, evil, manipulative, dastardly, mean, treacherous, and cruel but at least she admitted to herself that she was so. Kent on the other hand keeps putting forth the front that he’s a nice guy and then never acknowledges his true nature even to himself. Kurumi is somewhat more realistic about, embracing the Dark Side and accepting that she’d rather win by any means possible. The height of Kent’s douchebaggery was when he was trying to take advantage of Sawako after setting up another misunderstanding between her and Kazehaya. Not even Kurumi would have tried to pounce on a wounded Kazehaya if the situation was reversed. For two reasons: one, she actually respects the person she chased unlike Kent towards Sawako. And secondly because as evil as she was she has enough pride in herself to win that way. It’s kind of like the difference between a treacherous opponent in a conventional war and one that would use chemical weapons. Both are acts of naked aggression but the latter crosses a line that even the worst of the former wouldn’t.
On another note from past episodes, happy late birthday, Chizu! <3
Oh god, these two are just too cute!
On to episode 09. Which was the culmination of everything else this season and particularly over the last few episodes. Finally, finally things are cleared up to the point where Sawako goes after Kazehaya to clearly tell him how she feels. I was on the edge of my seat waiting for it, especially with how many times things have gotten close in this series but then failed. JUST SAY IT! IT ISN’T HARD, JUST TWO SYLLABLES!!! す。き！！！Luckily Sawako did, and several times at that. The atmosphere was perfect, the tension buzzing. They spoke, they looked each other in the eyes, They held on another!
Look! To the east! Sawako’s cheeks are burning red! (And hey, she actually is to the east since the sun is setting behind Kazehaya. Coincidence? I THINK NOT!)
This hand of her’s trembles with an awesome power! It tells her to finally confess to Kazehaya!!!
DAMN IT, JOE! Ryuu, Chizu, and Ayane were doing their best at crowd control outside the school but were only able to stop Pin while Joe slipped through their grasp after he wandered away from Ryuu. But surprisingly it was Pin to the rescue later that night when Sawako was stressing out over having “hidden desires” about Kazehaya. His awkward words of wisdom seemed to have done the trick for Sawako, while Kazehaya also made a smart move and sent an email to Sawako about meeting the next day. Things are looking good as the episode left us with both characters looking forward to tomorrow and filled with confidence.