And I will turn even more savage if you do not treat Nana properly, Yano. She is so devoted to you that it is so unfair. Rawr!!! My own fanboyness aside, this episode is slightly more on the emotional side, and it really made Yano slightly more human in this. The episode showed Yano’s weakness in the heart as well as Nana’s strength, even though she was also weak sometimes. However, she was really pushing all the stops to assure the person that she loved so much, which I thought was really touching.
With that, the episode summary and my thoughts (further below) for you!
This episode started with the culture festival, which was why we left off earlier in episode 3. Preparations were starting to get frentic as Yano went missing for a while. We then see Nana trying to find him and she remarked that she was always able to find him because she loved him so much. When Nana finally found Yano, she felt that he had been really distant after the steamed bun incident during the last episode.
As they went back to the class, Nana was talking to her two friends about Yano and the drama that they were going to show. They then noticed that she had a glass ring and thought that it was someone who had bought her the ring. Instead, she said she bought it for herself and did not find anything strange in buying it for herself. It was then that ink was suddenly spilled on the banner that was made and Yamamoto mentioned that she was able to get some new paper for the class. Yano then came in, saying that he would help, only to get sarcasm from Yamamoto.
Yamamoto then said that Yano was a complete slacker and only pretended to be good at certain times, with Yano having no response whatsoever (unlike how he always retaliate or avoid with Nana, poor Nana!). Nana then came in, saying that Yano was busy because he was the main lead and he had to memorize his lines. Yamamoto simply said that Nana was being too soft to him. As the little event went past, Nana sat down with her two friends and they said that Yano never responded or avoided the things that Yamamoto said and that because she was Yano’s girlfriend’s little sister (notice i never use Nana, that dead woman deserve no name!) and that they had history between them. They even speculated that Yamamoto might have loved Yano but Nana disputed that fact.
The next scene showed Nana buying drinks and met Yano. She tried to explain why she did so in the paint incident and Takeushi came over. However, Yano simply told her not to be so protective over him and that it was unnecessary for her to do it. She was definitely close to tears, with that harshness and left abruptly. Takeushi asked him why he was so mean to Nana and he said it was just being himself. He also mumbled something really special.
“Whenever she’s around, I can’t concentrate.”
It was two days away from the festival and they started to have intensive rehearsals. Nana made it a point to never comment on Yano and Yano also gave her the cold shoulder. She does not understand why Yano was so cold to her and she wondered if they could go back to normal. On the day before the festival, Yano finally was able to deliver his lines flawlessly and she wanted to say that he was amazing but restrained herself from doing it. Nana instead was getting nervous even though she only had three lines as a villager #2.
On the day of the drama, Yano was at backstage and he said that he suddenly forgot all his lines. Everyone went on a panic but Nana said that he would be able to maintain it. She then closed her mouth, thinking that she had said something unnecessary once again. Before Yano left to the stage, she said “break a leg” and he smiled very kindly as he went out. He did forget his lines but he improvisioned, with the crowd not realising. Nana was entranced by Yano’s performance, with his complete lack of stage fright and his confidence completely showing. Yano then mouthed out words that it was Nana’s turn, with Nana frantically coming out and tripping on her way as well. Yano made a little joke out of her and continued to please the crowd.
With that, the festival was coming to an end as they went on to another destination. It was there where Nana scratched her ring against one of the monuments that people were carrying and she lost the top part of her glass ring. She was looking around for it and Yano came over, teasing her. She called him to “Die, you jerk” and “I kill you, bastard”, the usual kind of banter that she would give to her. Yano then mentioned that he would rather break all the fingers of the person and then slowly peel off each nail. Nana told him to stop and said that he was simply a sadist. It seemed that things were back to normal but Yano avoided the talk when they were just about to come closer.
It was the Love confession time and Nana was trying to find Yano. However, Yano found her instead and held out glue and her glass ring as he tried to fix it. As he placed the ring on her hands, Nana remarked that it was like a marriage, with Yano agreeing. She then blurted out “I do” unconsciously and was laughed by Yano. However, she then said this if she really was in this situation.
“Break my fingers.”
This was probably an inference that she was willing to suffer anything for Yano. Yano was touched as he turned and said that he would only say this thing he was going to say once.
“I love you.” were the words as they kissed.
Yano really turned more human in this episode. Firstly, i found that the part where he could not concentrate whenever Nana was around was a true indication that he was really insecure and disturbed by the fact that he had uncertainities. Yano had learned with time to close up his heart to things and Nana was breaking that barrier in him to get close to others. I guess in a way, Yano feared to be hurt. He was only 16, with an emotional scar that was not that easy to cover. He had been betrayed by the girlfriend that he trusted so much last time and it was probably hard at his age to accept it. With his mind, he only did the best thing he could, to push Nana away.
However, I have some qualms on the history of Yamamoto and Yano. For some reason, I got this feeling that there was some romantic feelings between the two last time, probably when Yano was dating Nana (Yamamoto’s sister). Darn, i said her name, that accursed name. Ok, the thing that i am speculating is that Yamamoto was used as a rebound after Yano was betrayed.
With Yano’s character, it was clearly possible that he did it just as a form of revenge, since he fully trusted and expected Yamamoto’s sister to make that promise forever. However, she did not, as we all know. That was probably why Yamamoto was so cold because she was made a complete fool. I did not agree with Nana’s idea that Yamamoto did not like Yano last time. In fact, hating someone is a form of strong feeling and you cannot get that with someone you do not know well.
Nana was beautiful in this episode. She was strong, even though she was treated in such a rag tag manner by Yano. It was really disappointing when he was being so harsh with her, while she was trying to protect him. As stated earlier, I could fully understand why he did it, but still, it was way too harsh for the sweet Nana. She had her classic scolding lines toward Yano, which I laughed because she was always so coarse, with bastard, moron and bitch flying everywhere in her vocabulary. She definitely was not a very elegant lady, is she?
The “I love you” part really touched me. It was clear by episode 3 that Yano liked her but he was worried to put his foot forward. What if you got hurt again? That was probably the question that was running through his mind but I guess he could feel that Nana was someone that he could try to trust. A very touching episode if you ask me. The next episode seems to be them dating and the likes. I cannot wait!