Episode 2 finally brings Sawako and Kazehaya together again alone for the first time since New Years. Let’s see if it was worth the wait!
The gang begin their second year together and Kento and Sawako are the new class reps, with Sawako put in charge of the flowers, while Kazehaya looks on…
After having broken the truce the treacherous Ume beats a quick retreat to let the dust settle. However Ume’s machinations are exacerbated by the increased distance between Sawako and Kazehaya, leaving a flank wide open for Kent to make a nuisance of himself. This Kento seems to be a faithless dog that is only interested in Sawako after she came out of her shell. I highly doubt that he has ever dealth with true love and now seems to be intent on claiming Sawako as his newest conquest. It is well that this Kent can see past Ume’s facade but the fact that he approves of her vile personality makes him an enemy. Should this rascal be indeed looking for a short dalliance then I insist that he be laid low like Ume, and may his heart chip and shatter.
On the Ryu and Chii-chan front things are going remarkably well and I do hope they will be going to that wedding together. While Ume and Kent are hating on KazeKo at least RyuuChii is going at a decent pace. Poor Yano is by herself and it seems Jo has not given up or gotten a clue. Pin makes himself yet more annoying by re-orienting the seats to the detriment of Kazehaya. I will never forgive Pin for this Move the good people of Cleveland will sooner forgive Art Modell for moving the Browns than I will forgive Pin for Moving Kazehaya and Sawako. Long may Pin live in infamy and unhappiness as a result of this most vile “Move” in KnT history. I also suspect that this worthless Pin is in league with the hated Ume and the sleazy Kento. Should this be the Axis of Evil then I look forward to braking their will and crushing their throats.
It is good to see that Sawako is expanding her circle of friends and getting new allies even if the new boys are a crude and ignorant lot that need to be educated. In the mean time though I am hoping Chizuru kicks the crap out of all of them to show them all that they are not yet men. Kazehaya still lacks the capacity for decisive action he should be the least contrained of all and should lay it all on the line but seems to shrink from what must be done. Hence this Kent has established a beach-head and it will take a whole lot of effort on Kazehaya’s part to cast Kent back into the sea of despair. Nevertheless the portents of the next episode seem dire but maybe by some miracle this Kent fellow might redeem himself should he prove to be worthy of true love. Hopefully even if Kazehaya’s courage fails him maybe Sawako can sort out her feelings, hopefully just because Kazehaya refused Yano’s aid does not mean that Sawako will make that mistake.
Firstly, woah to the haterade being poured by my esteemed colleague onto the new blondie on the block. Though it looks like he might indeed make a nuisance of himself, Kento is a new transfer student after all and thus, if he is interested in the ‘new’ Sawako (i.e. the only one he knows), then frankly I don’t blame him. And he gets points for being able to see how adorable she is.
Back to my fangirling. Well, after the Sad Bishie in Snow ordeal we had to suffer at the end of last week’s epi, it was nice to see that spring(/love) is in the air once more. Seriously, how gorgeous were some of those BG shots?!
Back to the dorama. The seat swapping was indeed a blow to Kazeko, however, along with Kento’s puppyish interference, maybe it wasn’t. In other words, it lead to some good ol’ let’s-force-the-love-interest-to-MAN-UP-by-making-him-jealous tactics. Or rather, in his case just to STAND UP while looking a bit miffed. Or rather, a bit more miffed, when he realises that blondie and the object of his jealousy both get to be the class reps together. Either way, the ending scene was a whole load of both satisfying and frustrating. I.e. the whole waiting for her and yet not waiting to hear her out thing, respectively. I mentioned the BG shots earlier, and here I’ll mention again how atmospheric the shots in the classroom were, while the late afternoon sun was gently filtering in through the windows, possibly symbolising the realisation of their feelings for each other, or at least for Sawako (i.e. from the ‘isn’t he lovely’ to the ‘I think I love him’ mode of thinking).
Back to the other stuff. Yano-chin’s frustration was suitably relatable; Pin was as egocentric as ever (indeed Yano, as if he could follow-up something that perceptive regarding everyone’s relationships with each other with anything else, heh); Ryu and Chizu were as cool as ever; and Sawako in flower-fairy/witch mode was just pure daww…
…which leads me to finally mention a bit more plot. Yeah, ‘bit’ being the operative word. Yet, though it may not have felt like much action, Sawako’s new position as class rep/ gardener extraordinaire was another significant leap for her in terms of her own growth (no horticultural puns intended). For, as symbolised by chocolates last week, she now has more people rooting for her (hey, I warned you) and for whom she can show her gratitude and affection via what will surely become the baddest bed of flowers in the history of school flowerbeds… mark my words…