By the end of the last episode of White Album, I was all but spewing forth my hatred of Touya as we watched him become the kind of person that I can't help but loathe. However, in the name of balanced journalism (yeah, right) I took a deep breath before undertaking episode nine of the series, determined to give the poor guy a second hearing.
Well, so much for that idea, as if anything he wound me up even more in this instalment. Anyway, I'm getting ahead of myself - After working tirelessly night and day on those wretched costumes, inevitably Misaki takes them to a dress rehearsal only to have them summarily rejected. At this point, any normal human being would make loud and liberal use of the phrase "Fuck you" and walk away, but not Misaki - She takes the costumes away to change them, getting rid of the "overly colourful" look they originally agreed upon. To be honest I'm not sure whether to admire her for her dedication or shake my head at her naivety, but I'm certainly tending towards the latter.
Anyway, once again Touya (and even his Dad this time) is dragged into helping with the alterations, and after another all-nighter they get the job done. Again. So, off they set to go and watch the final play being performed, the culmination of all this hard work, and at this point Touya proves to be the most spineless moron on the face of the planet. All he and Misaki want are some tickets to watch the show, but the guy in charge of the drama club won't let them both have one, so what does Touya do? Does he get angry? Does he shout and make a scene? Does he berate the asshole in front of him? No. He tries to placate everybody in each and every way he can think of, which impresses nobody and gets him nowhere.
With that avenue closed, Misaki takes Touya up to a hidden area from which they can watch the play, but the physical obstacles in their way mean that they can't make it, so they sit and simply listen to what's going on instead. So comes Touya's moment of stupidity number two - One minute asking Misaki how she feels about Akira, then kissing her, then apologising, then confessing to her, then crying like a girl. Well, good - You should be bloody well crying you yellow-bellied asshole. Not that Misaki is much better, confessing her love to Touya herself before saying it was all a lie and that she simply used him to her costumes done (the last point of which is true in a sense, which probably means that this unlikeable pairing are made for each other).
Meanwhile, Yuki is left hanging by Touya some more, as is Haruka to some extent, Mana considers kissing a sleeping Touya for a moment (don't do it! You'll catch something), and Rina disappointingly doesn't appear at all.
I suppose I have to give White Album kudos for getting my emotions all wound up like this to the point of swearing on my 'Blog - It must be doing something right, it is a drama after all. Regardless, Touya is going to take some catching as 2009's least lovable anime character - Move over Itazura na Kiss' Irie Naoki, there's a new moron in town.