Nooot what I expected, but… all right.
I’m not even gonna bother talking about the first half of this episode. Not because it was bad. It’s just that there wasn’t really anything of substance to discuss. It was a long joke about Nariyuki being bad with digital technology (a smartphone, in this case) and hijinx ensuing as he accidentally contacts each of his three potential paramours… while they’re coincidentally all in the bath. Yeah. It’s reasonably funny, but nothing much beyond that is happening.
The second half of the episode, though, is all-in on best girl. I’m starting to notice that the show’s started to adopt sort of a cycle when it comes to the girls. In any event, Uruka is working very incredibly hard, if only to impress him. But she winds up tiring herself out to the point of fainting. Some shenanigans occur and Nariyuki now finds himself closing in on the discovery of the person who has Uruka’s heart. The scenario, itself, is perfectly enjoyable on its own as he tries to piece things together, getting really awkward about the prospect that it could be himself. But I think what this give Uruka’s character some more definition. The extent to which she willing to work hard – to the point of literal exhaustion – is rather concerning. But the fact that she’s willing to work so hard, expressly for Nariyuki, is genuinely sweet. And I loved seeing that side of her.
Mind you, neither of the other two are anywhere near this stage in things. Fumino’s still in denial and trying to play matchmaker for Rizu and Uruka simultaneously (without them knowing). Rizu… I have every expectation is just going to stay playing catch-up for a long time. Even if she does get most of the funnier moments, based on her cold, rational personality being offset by how her feelings ultimately make her act – irrationally.
Uruka, unlike the other two, has no ulterior motive. She doesn’t want to get into a fancy school for her academics. The only reason she’s enthusiastic about this at all is because of Nariyuki. And that also comes across, later, when she’s presented with a dilemma that I think says a lot about exactly how much she cares, while still refusing to give up. Uruka is best girl for a reason. And she, alone, makes this episode Super Effective.
What about you? You think Fumino or Rizu might sneak up on Uruka, soon? Rizu did have one pretty defining moment, a while ago. Let me know, down below. If you’re more interested in something dramatic, though, check out Kimetsu no Yaiba. As always, thanks for reading, folks. Keep up the Awesome!