This was an exploration of Hotori and Mr. Moriaki’s complex relationship. Obviously, the latter is the strict teacher and the former is the slacking student, but Moriaki is baffled by Hotori’s total lack of mathematical ability to the point that he considers her his “second natural enemy.” The first was his teacher, who told him that in division, sometimes you simply have to live with the remainder.
Moriaki obviously considers himself much more than a simple math teacher; he sees himself as standing on the front lines in a battle between order and chaos. He’s with order; Hotori’s with chaos. They both thrive in their respective realms, and interact like they’re from different planets. Despite being his kryptonite, Hotori seems to have a crush on him. Naturally, he’d firmly reject any advance by a student; his morals wouldn’t allow it.
The interesting part? He’s already had to do just that in the past, and that first student with a crush came back six years later to teach beside him. All in all, an intriguing profile of a character upon whom Hotori seems to be inflicting much more stress than she’s aware. And that broken chair bit was, in the parlance of our times, pure win. Rating: 3.5