Surprised that this wasn't the last episode, at least this means some more fun with our characters :D.
Despite the conflict with Hayakawa behind them, things are a little odd between Urabe and Tsubaki. Urabe has become a little loose with her emotions, be caught off guard by both Oka and Tsubaki's comments a lot easier than before. This off balance in her control of her emotion ended up nicking Tsubaki in the head when she was doing her panty scissors. However, after see how much Tsubaki really cares about her when he avoided falling on her, she regain her footing in her emotions and able to do her panty scissors move properly. Tsubaki got a little off balance in his self-restraint, after seeing Urabe naked, when he kept seeing Urabe naked in his mind. He too learns to control his dirty thoughts after avoiding falling on her when she was tending to his head injury she gave him. This shows his respect for her space when she doesn't call for it but Urabe rewards him for his sweet action with a little hug.
Oka and Ueno get a little cute scene with Oka trying to copy Urabe's panty scissors move by cutting Ueno hair, only to have the scissors fall out of her hands and land on his head. Funny how close these two bonding are to Urabe's and Tsubaki's bonding. I hope, if there is a season 2, that they'll have more scene where those two because it'll make a good contrast with our main characters and plus it'll be interesting to see how they work things out. It appears that Ryouko Suwano (VA: Ayumi Fujimura) makes a first appearance in this with a small interaction with Tsubaki. Like Hayakawa, this isn't the last we seen of her but the way she has a impact in our main cast's relationship isn't anyway sinister.
We now have one episode left and it'll involve Tsubaki's sister, Youko Tsubaki. It'll be interesting to watch.
I'm pretty amazed at how well handle this episode was from the lines of dialog to the visual cues, despite being a little fan-service.
The conflict wasn't solved by physical means but of one that allowed our antagonist, Aika Hayakawa, to understand her feelings and her actions. She didn't mean to plot the breaking up Tsubaki and Urabe but was just caught in her emotions when she broke up with her boyfriend. She just wanted to have someone who does care for her but things wouldn't work out by just toying with someone with a kind heart like Tsubaki.
While Tsubaki is a bit of a idiot for falling for Hayakawa and being too kind for his own good, he still held his ground. By now he knows what is right and wrong when it comes to relationship and goes with his gut than his thoughts which going back to his old memories of his crush for Hayakawa. It was also right on his part to not totally hate Hayakawa for what she done as he still see the good in her and believes that she can move on when her emotions in straighten out.
Urabe, as usual, has some strange ways of setting up and deploying her plan. From the weird robot costume to the nude scene, she is always surprising. If there was one thing I would complain about this episode is that it didn't show the part where Hayakawa was talking to her boyfriend that was shown in the manga. However, taking it out of the show allowed us to imagine that Hayakawa was ready to move on after her little speech with Urabe and wasn't necessary.
While this could easily be the last episode of this season show (I'm hoping for a season 2) there is one episode left so stay tune.
Think I'm better off doing a 2 episode post at this point so let get started.
This was a pretty weird episode involving mess hair and look alikes. The hair portion reflects on subtle appearance changes that a one of the couple in a relationship notice. Tsubaki wasn't digging the new hair style Oka gave Urabe since it didn't fit the image of Urabe that made him like her. Urabe agrees with him on that matter and let him mess the hair up to what the original style. It a little silly but it possible that it is one of those things couples do to show their affection as well as understand if a slight change in appearance works out in a relationship. The next part in the episode deals with a lover's interest. Many like me would be scratching their heads at the fact that Tsubaki has taken interest in a idol, Momoka Imai, who looks just like Urabe when he already has the real deal. While it is a chance to get Urabe jealous in a cute way, it is questionable. Best thing I can say is that Tsubaki just want to see a Urabe that is more joyful all the time while not cheating on the real one.
Old love never disappears and it can lead to some sticky situation. Tsuabki's old crush, Aika Hayakawa, is back with a new hairstyle and a plan to have Tsubaki fall for him. She works with all the moves, crying in front of him so he would comfort her, pretending to have a bruise, and loring Urabe with her innocent act. While Tsubaki can be seen as being dumb with him falling for her moves and his act to help others, it is hard for him to not avoid someone who he once had a crush for a long time and he did made a smart move by avoid Hayakawa drool attempts. It is Hayakawa that we should hate on as she is persistence on making Tsubaki her boyfriend despite him saying he has a girlfriend already. Her final plan is to dress herself in her old middle school uniform in hope to lure Tsubaki in during his trip to her high school festival. However, Urabe hears about the festival from Oka and plans to go there as well, probably to settle this little score.
Our conflict has arrived, how will our lovers handle this troubling situation?
Now that my finals are done (and filing job applications) I can get back on my thoughts on the last 2 MGX episodes. I'll be keep each thoughts short since the last 2 episodes had pretty simple main ideas (WIth Ep 8 being a little complex).
It's understandable that a person loves their partner enough to wanting to keep them to themselves. Obviously, Tsubaki wants to support Urabe for joining the track team and become more sociable but that means less time doing their routine which he enjoys doing with her. Urabe soon finds this out with a little help of Tsubaki's locker sticker on her leg (Very weird as usual) and a little unhappy at how Tsubaki was at first lying about supporting her, she happy enough to know that he means well. Personally, there is a limit to how selfish you can be, keeping your lover to yourself, but what matters is the understanding of it or being open about it, which is better than keep hidden.
This was a pretty tense episode since it involved a couple making a mistake in the relationship. Tsubaki really wants to push the relationship with Urabe faster and so when he gets the chance to feel her breast with her permission, he jumps at the chance to move it forward. However, he ends up hurting Urabe and so he feels guilty about his actions and later on wants to make up for it. By the end Urabe understand his actions while also seeing where she want wrong and are both willing to get over their problems. It is that moment that shows that their relationship will continue to the future, showing that they are willing to solve their problems no matter how bad they can get. It is that aspect of relationship building that is usually missed in most other romances.
We continue to go deep in Tsubaki's and Urabe relationship and I look forward to what the show has in store with the next episode being about a hair change.
If you haven't already notice, I never call Urabe and Tsubaki by their first name because they never do. This is more of a Japanese customs where using the first name is somewhat of a passage of a strong bonding, either close friend or couples. with that said, the first part of the episode shows their struggle on such a simple thing. Tsubaki still doesn't have the guts to make move forward, but give him cred for him trying it while Urabe was sleeping and see a cute reaction. Also Urabe was thinking about the idea of first names when Oka brought it up, showing that Tsbaki wasn't the only one thinking about it. I like the fact that Oka really is the secret love adviser that is helping the two see where to progress their relationship.
The next part showcases the return of Tsuabki's old crush, Aika Hayakawa. We know that Tsubaki has decided to leave his past crush behind and have a relationship with Urabe when he confess to her. Now it is time to see how he feels about her now. In Tsubaki position, it must be jarring to have the girl you once had a crush on for a few years show up out of the blue and asking you out. If he didn't already have Urabe, he would have want with her offer. However, he stood his ground and polity said no to her request. The interesting part about this part is the case with Urabe feels about this. Had he did take the offer, Urabe wouldn't had taken it so well. She knows that Tsubaki is with her but the fact that when she transfered her feels of that moment to Tsubaki and it made him cry, shows that their relationship is sorta unbalance and that Tsubaki would easily leave her, but he didn't and so it makes her happy that he's sticking with her through thick and thin. What makes these scenes interesting is that it was shown in the manga much earlier (Chapter 2 I believe) but it works a lot better here as it helps shows the mind set Tsubaki is now after the development he and Urabe's relationship has gone through.
MGX continues to develop the character's relationship and also test it. While Hayakawa time in this episode was short, she has yet to leave the stage as she has more in store for our two strange lovers.
Next episode: track and field.