Sasameki Koto – 12

Kind of strange for this to be the penultimate episode of the series, but it’s not bad at all — actually, it is a pretty fun watch.

In a weird way, this reminds me of a good K-On! episode (you know, when that series was fun and not repeating every story it had already used in the first half). Not too much character or plot development in this episode; instead, Murasame and her friends have a good time with a treasure hunt of sorts during a rainy day. Even though there are no big dramatics in this episode, the story, such as it is, makes me appreciate that much more the approach Sasameki Koto takes: It never allows itself to forget that these girls are in high school, and because of that, they just want to have a good time every day.

Along with the girls having a good time, I was glad to see Akemiya make an appearance, even if it is just for a short time. The little guy is so pumped when Murasame tells him that she trusts in him as a man; he may enjoy cross-dressing just a bit, but that doesn’t mean he does not prefer being a man. Of course everything blows up in his face when Murasame and company ditch him in a smelly ass locker room after he retrieves the item they are looking for, but you can’t win them all. He probably should have seen a bad end coming after he resolves to confess his feelings to Murasame after heroically rummaging through the locker room for her. You can’t win ’em all, buddy.

The only thing that bugs me is how any student expected a regular high school kid to know the kinds of things Tomoe was able to conjure to solve the puzzle set out for them. I sure as hell would not have been able to get that in high school; hell, I wouldn’t be able to do it now! Maybe the person who first thought of the treasure hunt was an elitist prick who just wanted the game to appeal to the super intelligent students of the school (thus, the reason why the game begins in a random book in the library).

Looking forward to seeing what happens in the finale. I don’t expect any sort of real conclusion, but I do wonder if it will go a bit further than the now-expected “life goes on” ending a ton of shows like to throw out when they’re afraid of crafting anime-original conclusions.

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