Kimi ni Todoke S2 – 07-09: OH DESIRE!

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…


Summary-in-three-sentences:

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.


Hana:

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!

:D


ExecutiveOtaku’s Mobile Fighter G Shoujo

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.

OH YEAH!!!

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!!!

DDDDDDDDAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWW!!!

KYYYYAAAAAAAAA!!!

I think we’re alone now.


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.

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19 Comments

  1. ojisan
    Posted March 14, 2011 at 11:56 am | Permalink

    It was great to see Pin come through with the good words for once – in fact, lots of people were acting out of character in that last episode. Chizu & Ryu were relaxed with each other, Kurumi was an Ally of Justice, Sawako spoke her hidden feelings, and Pin said something cool and thoughtful. If only Joe had made the shift too -

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Permalink

      The world’s turned upside down! But in a good way. Now if only Joe had gotten a clue like Pin did…

  2. Posted March 14, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Yay for Kurumi for the slap of the year! Oh whoops, now I’ll be hated!…But seriously, what nerve has Miura got, trying to charm Kurumi? She’s like the least charming girl in the whole school too; how blind can he get? Or is that just desperation on his part? Now he knows he can’t have Kuronuma, he goes and sees if he can get Kurumi…

    And now Kuronuma is full of desire. My time in high school was never this exciting.

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 11:49 pm | Permalink

      In light of her recent actions, proceeding are under way to consider removing Kurumi from the list of ‘state sponsors of shoujo terrorism.’ She has shown good behavior and a willingness to move on and assist the forces of True Love and Friendship as of late and this will be taken into account.

      I guess my high school was kind of exciting like this towards the end, though in retrospect it was silly and not the right kind of relationship for me. Which is why I have a hard time taking seriously the basic premise of so many romance shows set in high school when the vast majority of people don’t know what they want/need in a relationship at that point in life. But mostly I try to ignore that so I can enjoy the shows.

    • Posted March 17, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

      My time in high school was never this exciting

      Neither was mine. Then again, I went to an all girls school, so any romance there would’ve meant a serious change in lifestyle.

      • Ectholion
        Posted March 17, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

        eh i find the high school in this anime quite boring… people were doing a hell of alot more than confessing and holding hands at my wonderful south florida school. ;)

  3. Posted March 14, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    thank god I dropped this show. God 9 episodes in and they’re STILL getting cockblocked? Gimme a break. It’s like kindergarten. ( ´_ゝ`)

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 11:50 pm | Permalink

      But the tension is the appeal! (Yeah, I know, even by shoujo standards this is really slow. But somehow that doesn’t bother me and I still love it.)

  4. Merq
    Posted March 15, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    Joe is the worst. He’s always up Kazehaya’s ass. What is it with this man crush? He’s so annoying.

    • Posted March 15, 2011 at 11:52 pm | Permalink

      Seriously, he can’t seem to do anything on his own. Shame that he slipped through Chizu, Ayane, and Ryu’s fingers while they were dealing with Pin.

  5. Ectholion
    Posted March 16, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    well what are they gonna do now for the rest of the season… i guess a kiss would be asking for too much eh? i mean it took 2 fricking season to get these 2 fools to admit to liking each other… i take it gonna take another 2 seasons to get a kiss…

    • Posted March 17, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

      Um, they could stare longingly at each other while working up the courage to to do? I like to think Kazehaya was about to kiss the lovely lady until that bloody Joe interrupted them. Then again, Sawako, at least, might’ve actually exploded if they had kissed, so it might very well be asking for too much too soon (for them)…

    • Merq
      Posted March 17, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

      I don’t know if this falls under….

      *SPOILER*…so you’ve been warned

      I am waiting for chapters 56 and 57 of the manga to be translated…but so far there has been no kiss up through chapter 55.

      • Posted March 17, 2011 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

        Thanks for the spoiler warning, I was able to dodge it pretty easy. Unfortunately that means I can’t comment on what was said either, hehe.

  6. Posted March 17, 2011 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    I was so ecstatic when Kazehaya and Sawako finally hugged, but when Joe walked in I almost screamed. I can’t believe he just ruined the moment like that.

    • Posted March 17, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

      It was definitely a KKHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNNNNN!!! moment.

  7. Posted March 19, 2011 at 8:02 am | Permalink

    Loll love how the images pretty much sums up my feelings for these last few episodes.

    • Posted March 19, 2011 at 9:01 am | Permalink

      I just wish there had been more of Ryuu and Chi to choose from. :(

  8. Posted April 20, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    I loved this episode so much….thank you guys for the awesome review and great HQ screenshots!

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