Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Kimi ni Todoke 2nd Season - Episode 10

Despite what seemed to be even the most blatant love confession we could hope to see from this show's main characters last episode, we still weren't at a point where we could consider Kuronuma and Kazehaya "together" in any definitive sense.  Still, at least relations between the two of them were improved, leaving hope aplenty for this week's instalment.

So it goes that preparations for the second day of the school cultural festival are rather different for our main pairing compared to their classmates, with a lack of sleep borne of excitement rather than hard work and the night seeming to drag on rather than fly by (although Sawako does manage to be put in the position of dishing out yet more love advice, ironically).  Come the day of the parade and the festival's second day, Sawako and Kazehaya only get to talk briefly, but despite the best intentions of others it goes uninterrupted before closing with some all-important words from Shouta.

Once the remainder of the festival and subsequent parade are over (complete with some cleverly conceived but ultimately futile bribery towards the judging panel acted out by Sawako but inspired by Pin), it's time for the fun and after-party to begin for those involved - an occasion which also finally grants us our cut and dried, 100% authentic, genuine, misunderstanding-free expression of feelings between Kuronuma and Kazehaya.  Awwwww....

To be honest, this series could probably finish at this juncture and leave us all satisfied - it's been an entertaining ride and incredibly enjoyable throughout despite the frustrations thrown upon us by its leading duo on an almost weekly basis, and on top of that this second season in particular has been beautifully animated and directed too.  However, we still have a couple of episodes to go, and it'll be interesting to see what (if anything) this series plans to do with its newly forged Sawako-Shouta dynamic now that the tension and confusion that has powered the series thus far all seems to be over - watch this space, but I really hope it doesn't spoil things after giving us what surely seems like a perfect ending this time around.

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