Poor Fumino. Having to choose which of her friends to support in their romantic endeavors, like this.
Actually, on that note about Fumino… huh. So she’s not really a part of the harem. Yet, anyway. Dunno if it’ll happen at all. But given her reaction to figuring out what’s going on between Nariyuki, Uruka, and Rizu… she doesn’t seem to view herself as even a candidate. Which is an interesting point. But I’m getting ahead of myself a little.
The previous episode’s preview built up the conversation between Nariyuki and the girls’ (except for Uruka, apparently) prior tutor. So I was a little surprised at how brief that portion was. And yet it said quite a bit about that character. How she’s cold but clearly as a response to something that happened to her in the past that shattered her perspective. As she is, now, I definitely don’t like her. But, this being the kind of show it is, she’ll probably wind up receiving a wake-up call or something that’ll make her less of an ice queen. Nariyuki’s powers of observation were actually rather great to behold. And the dynamic between them – the teacher not caring about being liked by her students, then immediately scolding him for his candid demeanor with her was funny. What was also funny was just the setup for this whole meeting, with each girl evidently coming in and unintentionally sabotaging the poor boy by digging his grave even deeper. Thankfully the teacher had the mind to overlook those circumstances as ultimately harmless.
But if you know me, then you know we can’t go this entire episode with bringing it up. So let’s check back with best girl aaand, yeah… yeah, she’s back at it. Uruka’s just adorable. Period. Her earnest attempts to get Nariyuki to notice her despite her not being able to just come out and say the words are cute. Though one has to question why she still heeds the advice of her friends on this matter since it pretty much never works. Well… not as intended, anyway.
Granted, I’m out of order, again. Thanks to the events of the previous episode, there are now rumors of Nariyuki having a girlfriend, which is what causes Uruka’s distress. And while Rizu doesn’t have a large role in the episode, her reaction to all of this is what causes Fumino to figure out what’s going on with her. Fumino is amusingly genre savvy, so she picks up on all of this instantly. Especially when she hears Uruka’s story. And I find it funny that the distraction of these rumors causes both Uruka and Rizu to slip up, whereas Fumino is completely unaffected by it all. A nice touch and further helps Fumino to stand out. But, as I’ve been saying this whole time, Fumino is a lot better at managing her emotions than the other two. So it adds up. Considering her awareness of the situation, though, one has to wonder how she’ll behave if/when she becomes a legitimate haremette, herself. We’ll see.
What’d you think of this episode of Bokuben? Or are you more into action, like Kimetsu no Yaiba? Let me know, down below. As always, thanks for reading, folks. Keep up the Awesome!