What They Say:
Takeo Goda is a giant guy with a giant heart. Too bad the girls don’t want him! (They always go for his good-looking best friend, Sunakawa.) Used to being on the sidelines, Takeo simply stands tall and accepts his fate. But one day when he saves a girl named Yamato from a harasser on the train, his (love!) life suddenly takes an incredible turn! Takeo can hardly believe it when he crosses paths with Yamato again, and he finds himself falling in love with her… But with handsome Sunakawa around, does Takeo even stand a chance?
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
After a good stretch of surprisingly eventful episodes, My Love Story!! has started to dip its feet into more episodic excursions that may not amount to much in the grand scheme but still have their place in building the characters. No matter the relevance to progress, the focus has always been on Takeo and Yamato. However, there’s always been another important factor, one never feeling the need to step into the spotlight, and that’s Takeo’s good friend Suna. As quiet and brief as Suna is, he always has just the pithy line to utter and set everyone on the track to perfection when it otherwise might’ve turned into an utter mess. This time Suna gets his turn to be a bit more of a central figure to the story, although not in any way he’d want to.
Suna’s best characteristic and contribution to the series is his ability to flawlessly read any situation and discern the correct solution. When Takeo realizes that Yamato’s birthday is coming soon, it naturally falls on Suna to help Takeo draft up a plan for the big date that matches Yamato’s preferences, is logistically reliable, and includes contingency plans for less optimal conditions. He does this as happily as ever, but even with as much as Suna wants to be the helpful best friend who shouldn’t make Takeo or Yamato worry, Takeo has proven that he’s far from being as dense as even his own claims imply, and so he knows that something must be wrong and does everything in his power to cheer Suna up and glean the cause of the problem.
As Takeo’s mom (a character hilarious in her nonchalance but also very conscientious) casually passes along a summary of the situation, Takeo approaches Suna and demands to be able to return the favor and atone for his selfishness in Suna’s time of need. Here we see the first real burst of emotion from Suna in the series, caused more than anything by the bonds of true friends, as he points out that that kind of attempted selflessness is far more hurtful due to the guilt it would cause – being so considerate you’re inconsiderate, basically. Just as Suna is wise enough to have evaluated all of this before even thinking of telling Takeo, Takeo can appreciate the truth of this fact, and vows to give Yamato the happy day they had both worked so hard for, wishing his friend the best of luck without burdening him with more worry.
It’s another simple piece that speaks volumes to the caliber of people this story has presented to us. Ostensibly it’s about Takeo and Yamato, but the Suna component is not only more overtly prevalent than usual but the true core of the plot, forcing Takeo to weigh his priorities but really making the only option the one that brings the most happiness and also gives Suna more peace of mind. This display of genuine friendship is a beautiful thing, and shows once again how thoughtful each character is, this time with more severe stakes and bigger emotional explosions.
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