Here we are again with this notion of Ryōko’s toughness being a façade. Some of you lunatics chided me for taking this show too seriously the first time I brought this up. “Tom, this show isn’t to be taken seriously!” you said.
Well, listen up, bucko… the Narrator (charmingly) goes out of her way to stress that this is a serious episode. So roll that fact through your head before you stick your tongue out at me or hurl some case-appropriate emoticon while I do my over-thought analysis of this cute foreign sitcom.
Seeing how this episode plays the concept out, now, I think my objection’s maybe more about the choice of words than it is about the concept. That is, the idea that Ryōko gotten mean and excessively combative because she was so cruelly dumped at young age is a good drama. As is the idea of Ringo helping Shirō get through to her.
However, I think the language the show uses to get that point across is iffy. It turns all her feats of heroic kickass into misguided behavior that needs to be corrected through getting a good boyfriend. The fact that this ends with Shirō resolving to become strong to protect her is actually little troubling for that. He’d essentially put on the same sort of tough façade she’s so flawed for having, but it’s presented as positive character growth for him.
As seriously as I might take this show (and, hey, I’ve been invited to!) I don’t have the necessary space to get that deep into some of the… discussion points raised in this show. Maybe I’ll get to it when I reach the final episode? Maybe I’ll just leave it to you lunatics to hash out in the talkback? Go on and prove me right or wrong.
Look up this episode, "Ōkami-san and Little Red Riding Hood, and While We're at It, Ryōshi-kun" and decide for yourself, then read my comments on the previous episode here.