Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Kimi ni Todoke 2nd Season - Episode 4

Just when you thought things couldn't get any worse in terms of misunderstandings between Kazehaya and Sawako... things promptly go and get worse.

This further breakdown in relations is instigated, rather interestingly, by Kento - after pulling Kazehaya aside to talk to him "man to man", he effectively proceeds to tell Kazehaya to stay away from Sawako as his attentions towards her will only make life more difficult for her as it incites jealousy and the like.  Kazehaya brushes off Ken's questioning and line of thought (and we still can't be entirely sure what he's playing at himself), but nonetheless the ideas posited towards him clearly stick in his mind and further increasing his belief that perhaps he doesn't understand Sawako and what she wants at all - a frame of mind made worse still by some ill-thought out throw away comments from Yoshida.

Thus, in the course of a few hours, the distance between our leading pair of characters grows markedly, and come the next morning Kazehaya appears to be outright avoiding Sawako from her point of view - a scene witnessed by Yano, who finally steps in to quiz Sawako on exactly what's been going on.  So, the full story of the recent thawing in relations between Kazehaya and Sawako comes out into the open, tears and all, allowing Ayane to deliver some much-needed advice to Sawako like some kind of drill sergeant of love.  Effectively, Sawako needs to stop feeling sorry for herself and worrying about the whys and wherefores of the situation and get on and do something instead.  Will she be able to take this information to heart?  Who knows, but before the day is out Yano has also kicked Kazehaya's ass (literally, not figuratively) and patiently explained the whole scenario to a clueless Chizuru like some kind of agony aunt.  With Yoshida still having a part to play in proceedings and Ken continuing to work to his own unfathomable script however, I wouldn't want to bet on what happens next.

So, it's that time of the week where I sound like a broken record and extoll the virtues of Kimi ni Todoke once again I suppose, and rest assured this Wednesday will be no different - this was another expertly delivered episode that flitted effortlessly from emotion (you'd have to be heartless not to feel for a tearful Sawako) through to humour (the exchange late in the episode between Yano and Yoshida was fantastically realised both visually and in terms of dialogue) while still carrying the story along at its own slow yet admirable place.  Thus, I continue to love this series and count down the hours until I get to watch each episode, and Kimi ni Todoke 2nd Season's expertly served slice of fun, romance and drama hasn't disappointed me yet.

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