Posted by psgels on 10 March 2011 with categories: Hourou Musuko



This is something that has been baffling me for years now: why are romance shows so scared to show people in an actual relationship? I mean, the climax of 60% of all romance series is the confession, and 30% just refuse to end without anything happening between the lead couple, having them remain forever in this “yes we’re in love but not actually dating so that we can have harems and love triangles forever”-type ending. That, while you can definitely get some good drama out of a relationship, which is what this show is currently doing brilliantly.

Nitori vs. Anna made this into a really excellent episode. There is some uncomfortable tension between them, but it’s the healthy kind of tension that still leaves plenty of room for them to grow either closer or further away from each other. It’s not cheesy in the slightest, and it’s definitely been one of the most down to earth portrayals of romance in quite a while, even though we’re talking about middle schoolers here.

That little shot of Chiba, Takatsuki and Nitori together when they were younger was a great little addition, by the way. This really was an episode of nostalgia as well, with both Nitori and Takatsuki trying to move on in their own ways. Nitori by exploring other sides of romance, Takatsuki by growing her hair a bit and trying to make up with Chiba again. If I have to critique the creators for one thing, it’s that they show a tad to little of Chiba when she’s not near Nitori. In this episode for example Takatsuki told Nitori that chiba was behaving normally again, but we unfortunately didn’t get to see those scenes.

Instead, we got this former bully. Now, with the way in which bullies are usually portrayed in anime, this guy is a HUGE improvement. He’s bratty, but in a subtle way and he’s definitely having an impact on Nitori. Whether it’s wise to introduce a new character three episodes before the ending is a different story, though.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

8 Responses

  1. I definitely agree with your point about romance series refusing to show relationships. I find myself not so much irritated as disappointed when they only give us a confession and brief epilogue. Dramatic confessions are fun to watch, but they are at most the halfway point of a complete romance.

  2. Sophism says:

    Doi, (The former bully.) will actually be a really important character, leading up to what I’m guessing will be the climax of the TV series.

    Absolutely lovely episode. I’m impressed at how they’ve managed to compress so much without losing focus.

    This is a series I wouldn’t mind being extended for another season. A prequel would work just as well, in my opinion. Unfortunately, with its current ratings, the odds of that happening are slim to none.

    *sigh* Once again the lowest common denominator dictates trends.

  3. Jérémy says:

    I’m so happy to see Doi ^^ I really hate/love him in the manga. And yes I really hope the climax is what I’m thinking off (epic drama moment xD) although I don’t know how they can just finish the anime with this. It kind of annoys me that crappy series with tons of fanservice get 26 episodes when this little gem only gets 12. Oh well, they still managed to take advantage of those 12 episodes they got.

  4. c160 says:

    That new guy is not newly introduced in anyway,just like Anna. The mangaka doesn’t introduce new characters as she deems fit,she just brings back the old ones.

  5. c160 says:

    Oh yeah,and the fact that people actually in relationships are rarely shown bothers me too.I guess thats the limits of most the mangakas/writers imagination then :P

  6. rufe says:

    Lovely Complex, Bokura ga Ita, Marmalade Boy, Emma, Clannad, Nodame Cantabile, KareKano, Massugu ni Ikou, Living Game, Maison Ikkoku…

  7. thomas says:

    Oh no, I’m an episode behind! Skimmed through the episode analysis anyway and Psgels is spot on! It really pisses me off how series refuse to deal with relationships. It’s not just anime either, you see it in Western tv series and films as well.

  8. Sapphire says:

    Lovely Complex makes an awesome portrayal of a couple during their relationship. This is another must-watch, psgels! ^^

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  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 03:32 PM)
    @Firechick,
    Shion no Ou, Rurouni Kenshin trust and betrayel, Simoun, Higurashi, Jigoku Shoujo(Hell Girl)
    They got some damn good titles under there belt but the minute your bring up there name it’s always back to Umineko and fate/stay night and how they were butchered.
  • Firechick
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 03:04 PM)
    Yeah, Deen has its problems, but they’re not bad. Two of their anime happen to be on my top favorites list. Also, people are forgetting they made Higurashi.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 02:59 PM)
    And I hear these idiots go on “Oh it should have been fifty episodes long” Oh yeah because it not as if it would have f*cking pacing issues!
    The hate for Deen has gotten to the point where people make them out to be ten times worse than they are. Hell even recently they have been doing a fairly good job(Pupa not counted) and yet no one gives a f*ck. Minute Deens behind an anime it’s all “F*ck Deen!”
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 02:56 PM)
    Fate/stay night was a decent adaption and you can bet your ass we wouldn’t have gotten Fate/zero or our UBW reboot without it. I am pretty f*cking certain the anime is what got most people to play the game in the first place. And Umineko…have you idiots even played that game? It’s nigh impossible to adapt well. The budget for the second season alone would be astronomical.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 02:54 PM)
    @Ninja, seems like Deen isn’t touching the script either. It’s just the Deen hate really pisses me off. Alright Pupa, hate jusified on that one but it’s always the same shit. But look what they did to fate/stay night, cg dragon, Umineko, HATE HATE HATE…Fucking hell.
  • ninjarealist
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 02:43 PM)
    @AidanAK47 Apparently it’s most of the same staff from the first season, so I have faith it will still be a fitting sequel to the first season.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 12:35 PM)
    So Deen is taking over Log horizon season 2. Not really sure what to think about that. Certainly not in the camp that I see going “OH NOS, Deedn shit and everything they touch is shit. LH S2 is Doomed ROFL LOL!!”
  • joesan
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 03:39 AM)
    Glad ps is back. Hope he keeps his motivation up. Reading his previews really helps me sort out whats new each season.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 03:14 AM)
    @Emma: Are you talking about the Charles Burns Black Hole or the anime?
  • Bam
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 03:10 AM)
    Are you guys familiar with the Ayakashi offshoot Mononoke directed by Kenji Nakamura? If not then I highly recommend this creepy miniseries, but it is better to watch the Bakeneko arc of Ayakashi 1st so you become familiarized with the badass simply known as The Medicine Seller.

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