This week’s chapters followed events after Nanami turned Haruto down, with summer coming to a close and Rin departing for Tokyo. School begins again and the characters begin preparing for an upcoming school festival. Haruto and Yuzuki are part of the planning committee along with classmates Kikukawa Kotone and Himuro. Kotone seems extremely shy but volunteers for the committee anyway, while Himuro seems like kind of a slacker and a flirt, and volunteers as a way to get out of baseball practice. However, he is also a necromancer, for in his chats with Haruto he resurrects a ship from the DEAD! While it’s most likely being brought back just to be killed again, Haruto X Nanami seems to have a spark of (un)life to it lately.
Summary of this week’s chapters: Haruto seems to have recovered well from being turned down by Nanami, but we can’t have that so Aoi decides to also waste no time in shipping him with Yuzuki. Like the trash she is, she appeals to the most loser-ish part of Haruto’s psychology, his need to ‘protect’ Yuzuki. Rather than helping him expunge this major personality defect, she pushes him further and further into the depths of Touma Syndrome. [You heard it here first, obnoxious white knighting in anime is henceforth known as Touma Syndrome.] Rin heads back as the summer draws to a close, and Haruto is sent to see her off. This ends up being a whole day in Hiroshima since she keeps delaying and waiting for another train. In reality, she’s just trying to push Haruto as far as she can before he tells her to get lost, but it ends up giving her possible ammo for causing future drama. She leaves telling him to keep their ‘date’ a secret, because nothing like that has ever caused drama in Haruto’s life before. Nope.
School begins and the characters start thinking about their future. It’s half of Japan’s rural population dilemma in a nutshell, as they all want to leave their already sparsely-populated village for a city. In one of the days before classes begin, Haruto insists that he can go and catch eels to make for dinner, which goes nowhere because he LIVES IN THE GODDAMN MOUNTAINS! Strangely, Nanami’s brother happens upon them still in a wetsuit and holding a spearfishing gun(!) and offers them some of his catch. Once school begins, Yuzuki volunteers for the school festival committee, Haruto joins in because he’s an idiot, and two other classmates round out the group. Kotone is shy but knows how to sew and helps greatly in planning for a maid cafe. Himuro is just in it to get out of baseball practice, but he plants the idea in Haruto’s head to keep trying for Nanami. This doesn’t go so well when Haruto tries talking to Nanami, for obvious reasons. She’s tired of him talking about Yuzuki when they’re together, and she’s tired of his ‘worry’ about the freeloader living in his house. She confronts him about the Tokyo trip and slaps him. Upon returning home, he then finds out that Yuzuki is planning on transferring back to a school in Tokyo soon.
So, yeah, Aoi’s still a bitch. Who the fuck gives advice like that? She just encourages him to act like a white knight douchebag AND she keeps muddling up his feelings. I mean, really, if he actually likes Yuzuki and all, it doesn’t help AT ALL to tell him he has to protect her. She should be saying how he should realize his feelings for her, or that he should ask her out while she’s still here in town or something. Something not this. Or is she just trolling him too? Are all the characters around Haruto just throwing different inputs into his mind to see what happens? Is this all just one grand experiment that ends in a white room full of monitors after Haruto finally gains full self-awareness and can actually do things of his own volition? Is that when Instrumentality is achieved? Haruto’s the perfect test subject, he never does anything of his own volition, he only reacts to the ideas planted in his brain.
Rin is the best character because she physically assaults Haruto. My continued reading of this manga is fueled by my hatred of Haruto, and to a lesser extent, Yuzuki, and my desire to see bad things happen to them. Rin delivers. While I’d prefer something more permanently damaging, at least she got a good laugh out of seeing Haruto hit his head in the closing train door. I’d say that there would have been some emotional damage after being laughed at by her, but Haruto hasn’t shown any signs of a personality or complex emotions to damage.
I guess the beach is close? I hope. But even if it is close, what the hell reason do you have to be wearing a wetsuit, and a long sleeve one at that, in late summer? They’re really not so comfortable that you’d just think ‘oh, I’ll wear it for the walk home!’ Not to mention that it’d be really hot and uncomfortable to walk any decent distance in during a sunny, summer day. Though what concerned me most, aside from Haruto’s complete lack of fishing knowledge, was the speargun Nanami’s brother was carrying. What? Are you scuba diving for eels or something? I didn’t see any oxygen tanks or a rebreather on him. I hope the speargun is of Chekov design. Rin killed Haruto, in the parlor, with the speargun. It’ll be like Clue for a few chapters!
New contender for possible favorite character. Not sure if she’ll unseat Akari since she hasn’t come out of her shell enough yet to see the full picture of her personality, but damn if she’s not cuter than Akari at least. She seems to be the classic shy girl who’s good at arts and crafts, as shown by her skill in sewing, though it is in part something she learned as part of her family’s business. It’s unknown if/how long she’ll stick around in the story since she’ll have to leave and go rescue Madoka at some point. But it’s cool to have her around for now at least. She seems to be acting like she joined the group to get closer to someone. Though she says that she admires Yuzuki, the way she blushes makes me think that maybe she did it to get closer to Haruto or Himuro. Both of which are bad choices.
Despite not endearing himself to me with this remark, Himuro (nickname Himo) at least served to provide some drama. He indirectly led Haruto to get slapped, which makes him ok in my book. I’m not sure I like his attitude, but he could also be the sort of guy that snaps out of his borderline douchebag ways if given a good shock or slap.
Good for you, Nanami! If Yuzuki actually needed any help you could sort of understand and let it slide, but Yuzuki clearly doesn’t need to be watched over every minute, even if she truly is as clumsy as the act she puts on. She’s not going to die or something if Haruto isn’t there all the time. Haruto tried starting up his weak lines about just being worried, buy Nanami kicked that bitch to the curb and will hopefully never give him a second thought. The way that Haruto went to her like that shows again how dumb and easily manipulated he is. “Well gee, I’m over Nanami, but this Himuro guy that I just met said I still have a chance so I better go and do the exact same thing that made her dump me in the first place!” Please go die in a fire, Haruto.
The last thing of note that happened was Yuzuki talking about returning to Tokyo. We all know it’ll never happen, or if it does, Haruto will go with her, but it’s nice to dream. No actually, no. I don’t care either way. Haruto isn’t deserving of happiness with Nanami, he should keep living with Yuzuki or go live with her. Fuck ‘em. If he moves to Tokyo, maybe he’ll have a better chance at getting hit by a car.