Kimi ni Todoke 30 – This Pissed Me Off in Escaflowne too
If I keep hammering away on the same points that frustrate me about Kimi ni Todoke week after week, then writing and reading these posts will become an awfully tedious experience, so I’ll try my best to avoid turning into a broken record. (It would be nice if the series evaded lame plot developments, but at the moment, this seems like too much to ask.)
Has the “guy who likes girl ‘accidentally’ happens upon girl with other guy” plot device ever worked decently for anything? It probably has, but off the top of my head, I can’t think of anything that pulled it off with any style. The one that pissed me off most was in Escaflowne, because I was super frustrated with the romance in the series, hated just about every character at that point (aside from my beloved Dilandau, of course, and he hadn’t been around for ages) and it was smack in the middle of an extraordinarily crappy run of episodes. Definitely the worst possible time for such a desperate plot twist.
So at least it’s not quite that bad in Kimi ni Todoke, but it’s not far off. In retrospect, though, it almost seems like destiny that this is how the story culminates, considering how the story has been handled to this point. But I won’t say more about that!
Well, I will say one more thing: Word on the grapevine is that some are raging about Kent. Personally, I can’t work up the gumption to get angry at him. Yes, Kent has made some bad assumptions, but it’s also Kazehaya’s waffling that is to blame for this. Of course people are going to misunderstand your behavior if you conduct yourself so cryptically. People in high school are dumbasses. (I include myself at this age, too.) You have to be obvious and clear to them, or they’ll make their own assumptions, which is what happened here. BTW, Sawako is guilty of this, too, although it’s less frustrating and more just plain sad with her.
So, yeah, what Kent’s doing is kind of sleazy, but I don’t think he is being deliberately malicious. He’s just a dumbass high schooler who is the victim of misunderstanding . . . like everyone else here. (Oops, getting into broken record mode. Shift gears, shift gears!)
I’m not the only one who was disappointed that the wedding didn’t get more time, right? Jeez, they make a big deal about Chizuru getting all dolled up and hitting the party with Ryu, seeing her former crush get married, and they show it for, like, a minute. This was a fuckin’ Cliffs Notes wedding, my god! I guess the series wanted to rush on to the next plot point (or maybe it’s this way in the manga, I dunno), but it’s just weird to see something get a decent amount of build and then get totally glossed over. Chizuru barely gets enough spotlight as it is.
Ah, whatever. I still like her. As long as Chizuru and Ayane are still around, there will always be some sunshine in Kimi ni Todoke to pierce the darkness of bad romance. Ryu, too. That’s one cool dude. I think Pin is more polarizing because he’s such a fucking dumbass, but I still enjoy him. How could you not love him being such an utter ass to Kazehaya and mocking his inability to score with Sawako? That is hilarious.
Keep it up, Pin. I still love ya.