March 4th, 2009
I’m not judging you, Ryuuji.
A tremendously uneventful episode. Ryuuji thought about how great Taiga was and… that’s seriously about it. Ami and Minori hashed it out some more about doing things properly from here on out, but since both of them are all but out of the picture on that front, it holds about as much dramatic impact as… oh… I don’t know… Paris and Mercutio arguing over who gets Juliet. Yes, given that Taiga has gotten into more fights, she gets to be Romeo. Ryuuji’s practically a housewife anyway.
A lot of the episode was focused on Ryuuji being conflicted over what he’s going to do after high school and how it affects Yasuko, but considering that the show’s not going to make it that far, I have a hard time caring about that either. He could decide to become a Swiss Milkmaid in the Antarctic Circle in order to harvest delicious penguins and it wouldn’t have any significant impact on the core of the story here, except that it would make the inevitable Kitamura ending somewhat more fitting.
I’d say that I’m disappointed in Taiga remembering her confession as a dream, but honestly, it’s better than the amnesia that I was expecting. I’ll take half the loaf over none at all. Minori teasing Ami was a little fun, but extremely out of character for Ami. I thought she was just screwing around with Minori as some sarcastic joke. I mean… seriously… the haunted vending machine corner? And from Minori? Why would she… no… why would anybody trust anything Minori’s got to say, especially when it comes to random rumors?
At any rate, we’re certainly past the honeymoon of the series and into the "stretch things along until the end" phase. Ryuuji was head over heels for Taiga during their entire interaction, and she’s well aware that she likes him back. Too bad there are still 3 episodes left because we could honestly wrap everything up at this point in one.
Back to work.