Banri rescues Mitsuo from the aggressive Reina, and learns that Mitsuo told Chinami not to speak to him again. Banri, Kouko and 2D-kun arrange a day at the theme park to cheer Mitsuo up. Kouko invites Chinami too, and when she arrives, Kouko upsets Chinami to the verge of tears, but they make up. Everyone has fun at the park, and Mitsuo and Chinami also make up. Later, the five party at Banri’s house. At 3 AM, when everyone else is asleep, Banri meets Linda on their adjacent balconies, and they talk more about the past with fondness.
With the focus on Banri, Kouko, and Linda, Mitsuo and Chinami had gotten a bit of a short shrift, but that changes this week, as both characters get some very nice development, as well as repair their impasse. It may be so that Mitsuo is overreacting to the embarrassment he suffered, but we’re not insensitive to the fact that someone in his position could end up over-thinking things, panicking, and self-destructing something that had a lot of potential. Luckily for him he has friends who won’t let that happen. It was also great to see Chinami not cheerful and baudy for once, as Kouko directs one too many barbs at her, not fully aware of the situation. The whole scene at the station with Chinami, Kouko, and Banri showed us a new side of Chinami, and we liked it. In fact, this is one of those rare shows where we can declare that we like every single character in the cast.
They’re all great right now. Banri and Kouko, Chinami and Mitsuo, Nana and Linda…even 2D-kun has his charms, despite being the odd man out (maybe he can meet a nice tea club gal…). It’s telling that the episode begins and ends with Banri and Linda alone, talking about the past. It’s a fascinating dynamic, with Linda knowing so much and Banri remembering nothing. In that past Linda assured her friends she didn’t like him at all, when the opposite was true. We wonder if that also applies when she planned to say “no” to him on the bridge? The present Banri seems happy and content, but his past self is restless in Linda’s presence, even seemingly regaining control in the the moment Banri falls asleep, wishing everything could simply reset. Present Banri’s Golden Time is now, but Past Banri’s was back when it was just him and Linda.
Rating: 9 (Superior)
- That was a nice and surprisingly playful save by Banri, waving off Reina by proclaiming he and Mitsuo were lovers.
- We liked how Mitsuo and Chinami got more visibly comfortable with each other as the day at the park and Banri’s house went on.
- We’re trying not to read to much into the preview for next week, which shows Kouko and Banri troubled by something. As much as we like Linda, we wouldn’t mind them dating a little longer.
- That’s right: we’re rooting for both Kouko and Linda. And why not? They’re both likable. Banri—and we—win either way. Such is the quality of this show and its characters so far.