What They Say:
“You’re Here, I’m Here”
Sakura finds the courage to get closer to Toru. Yoshikawa struggles to voice what she truly wants. Miyamura goes away for a week-long trip. Hori worries about her horror obsession.
Content: (please note that content portions of a review may contain spoilers)
Emotional struggles take a long duration to overcome and this show is taking the long tedious road to display how to overcome them. It’s wonderful that this issue isn’t being swept under the rug and forgotten about. Sakura is still having nightmares of how she sees herself and how she perceives that others see her. Remi continues to be her knight in shining armor. But Sakura needs to gain some confidence in herself to get one step closer to her crush.
There is one character that has yet to make her presence knows as that is Yoshikawa. She is always hanging around Hori, Toru, and Miyamura but she never had much of a voice. She needed a push to the limelight. She is in a similar emotional spectrum as Sakura but her angst comes from being a follower and always going along for the ride. With Hori and Miyamura being in a relationship, her place in the universe comes crashing down. To make matters worse, Sakura is attempting to be in a relationship with Toru. The more difficult the problem, the greater the emotional high would be when it’s solved. Toru attempts to solve some of her dilemmas with cooking pastries but she isn’t the best chef around. The cupcakes that she bakes turn out overburnt. She wants to hide her shame and get rid of them. But this isn’t an issue for Toru as he devours the cupcake and reassures Yoshikawa of her place in the world.
I am completely astonished that there was a partial sex scene between Hori and Miyamura. There aren’t a ton of anime aimed at younger crows that would dare take this step. It feels like it was only yesterday that were just kids. And now, they committed the final step and are full-blown adults. Where does the time go? But it isn’t enough for Hori just to have sex. No, she has to take it one step further and mark her territory by biting Miyamura and making sure there is a mark on the back of his neck. This is various levels of creepy but it seems to be the standard for being with Hori.
There has to be some misery and tears after such a stunning scene. Hori’s brother, Sota, is of a childish age but he isn’t stupid. He is aware that something is changing in his family life. He doesn’t want to completely lose his big sister to Miyamura. He confronts the situation and Miyamura as he wants the status quo to remain the same. Life is part of constant changes and Souta has to learn that things are changing. But in exchange, for the first time, he has truly gained a big bro. Sota was calling Moyamura “Big Bro” for a long time but this time feels like it has obtained significant meaning. It was a long time coming but Miyamura has become a full-fledged member of the Hori household.
There have to be various ninja cutting onions in my room because the rain won’t stop. I don’t feel that any further episode is going to surpass the highs standard set by today’s episode. Everything that was even slightly foreshadowed all come together for this magnificent performance. The struggle to learn someone’s first name, Sota calling Miyamura big bro, and Miyamura’s haircut are taken to new heights with everything that went down.
Even though the Hori and Miyamura train is being moved full steam ahead, it’s not forgetting about its side characters. They ground the series to add a further layer of realism to this series. Their depressive emotions are a regular part of growing up. They do a great job in showing how these emotions can cause havoc on young lives. They’re not easily overcomeable but the path shown in this episode is a mighty step forward.
Streamed By: Funimation