Two more episodes counting down to the Culture Festival, and two episodes focuses primarily on a new character. Tonami Takefumi used to attend the feeder school for Hokuei High School years ago, but was a very different person at the time. Short, pudgy, sickly, and arrogant, he was picked on frequently until Tsubasa beat up the bullies…and then made him her slave. But after a transfer to Okinawa and his return to Hokuei most people don’t even recognize him. And it is all just as planned, as he has an agenda now that he’s returned to his old school and classmates.
Tsubaki COMMUNICATES WITH HER FISTS!
…but is just as tough on Tonami’s failings. THE EAST IS BURNING RED, AND IT DOES NOT TOLERATE WEAKNESS!
Tsubaki was really trying to help, though she reveals later that she was asked to by their homeroom teacher, sparking a years-long grudge in Tonami for her not paying attention to him.
Now he’s realizing his plan to become someone Tsubaki cant’ ignore. Hmm, all that self-improvement and he’s still a stuck-up rich kid?
Unfair? It looks like the writing *sunglasses* is on the wall. YYEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAHHHH!
She wants them to be a doctor and a lawyer? I had no idea Miyazawa was a Jewish name.
Elsewhere Tonami remembers how cool he thought Arima was back then. And, um, beautiful? Apparently it’s impossible to be a wholly straight male in Kare Kano.
Arima invites Tonami to lunch, where he gets a quick introduction to just how Arima, Miyazawa, and Asaba act every day.
Later Tonami tells Yukino that she’s not suited to Arima and they start what becomes a running but friendly argument. And then the story switches onto a side track following Yukino as she attempts to flee from Aya and the play she wrote for the festival. She and Maho try numerous methods of escape, but some of those detective novels must have worn off on her because she surmises their likely escape routes like a pro. And after chasing them some more she further displays her prowess by employing a range of methods to try and get them to act out her play. She appeals to the act that Yukino put up and makes Sheryl’s argument to Alto about acting being in her nature, though to no (visible) avail. She’s already bribed Tsubasa with candy and sweets, but since that won’t work on Maho and Yukino she tries the sympathy act, saying that she really wanted to see the play performed but will have to rewrite it as a novel instead. But there is one more plan within this plan, and it seems to hook Yukino: since it’s going to be a novel, the premise makes Yukino want to read it. Seemingly assured that she’s off the hook for acting, Aya must be suppressing a Lelouch laugh as Yukino is now set on the path to convincing herself that she wants to be in the play.
Multiband radar ahoge.
Aya has a promising career ahead of her in counterintelligence.
I’m pretty sure hiding in that locker together is helping them BE FRIENDLY.
The stage is where you belong Alto! I mean, Yukino!
Hook, line, and sinker.
Now that Yukino and Maho are firmly ensnared, the story returns to Tonami and his plan to get back at Tsubaki. Only Tsubasa with her animal senses seems to have figured it out that he’s the same Tonami from years ago, and he asks Yukino to keep it that way. Tsubaki thinks it for a second, but can’t believe that he could be the same guy and drops it. Over lunch Tonami explains the lengths he went to to excel at sports and academics all for the sake of building an appearance to take revenge with, and his single-minded desire to look good immediately makes a fast friend of Yukino. The two get along great over the mutual calculation and cunning, but Asaba and later Yukino notice that this is making Arima jealous. Oh Arima, it’s just been one gradual downhill for my regard for you, hasn’t it? Despite being an insecure little kid who can’t seem to trust Yukino after everything they’ve gone through, and to top it off being a pouty bitch about it when asked directly by Yukino, she, in her infinite compassion and patience reaches out to him and embraces his head as he sits to reassure him. He was far more deserving of a slap at this point than anything, but such is the way of Yukino “too good for him” Miyazawa.
His and Her ANGER!
“You must look into that storm and shout as you did in Rome. Do your worst, for I will do mine! Then the fates will know you as we know you: as Tonami Takefumi, the man!”
Oh, Yukino is being considerate and asking what’s wrong. And you respond with the verbal equivalent of a slap in the face with your pouty little passive-aggressive “betsu ni” YOU PETULANT LITTLE AGHOFIOJHGFIDAJKLFNAGU9INB UAGJH!!!!!!!!!!!!!! RAEG!!!!!
Man, everyone’s got it wrong. Yukino is the one with weird tastes, I don’t know how she doesn’t slap the fool.
They love their US sci-fi references, don’t they? First the Star Trek one on the chemistry lab bottles, now Star Wars on Aya’s science fiction play script.
Final Thoughts: – Despite Tonami’s stated goals of revenge against Tsubaki, I can state with a high degree of confidence that this will be a case of Foe Yay resulting in at least a strong friendship forming. I think it’s more likely than not that Tonami has internalized his complex with Tsubaki into something that’s going to come out as affection, though whether she will abandon her plans for YURI HAREM END is another matter.
- The music during the Tonami and Tsubasa scenes was really used nicely, consisting mostly of various instrumental arrangements of the opening and ending themes. They have such great melodies on their own, and playing around with the tempo and mix of instruments really made them shine. Outside of the Tonami-centric scenes there was also a cool piece when Yukino and Maho were running from Aya with a sweet saxophone solo in the middle. While I’ve always liked the background music in Kare Kano, it really stood out to me with these two episodes.
- Arima, you were doing so well coming back from your violent freak out several episodes back, and then you pull this? Loss of temper it can be written off as, but it’s the easiest god damned thing in the world to not say something so pointed and intentionally hurtful as his “not really” there. That takes malice, and it cannot be undone through apologies, only repented for through action. Arima started off really strong, he was very likable, but he’s on thin freaking ice lately and my eternal hatred shall be under it if it breaks.