I can understand Haruhi’s melancholy. Despite a show in her namesake, Haruhi gets little action and has to masquerade as an unlikeable brat while her supporting dan members get to claim moe mileage with the audience. Both Yuki and Mikuru were awesome this ep. Heck, even the sweet Ryoko was so winsome in spite of her deadly intent.
My favourite Yuki moment has to be her fumbling for glasses after the battle. It’s one of those rare occasions where we detect that a faintly flustered Yuki who seemed fleetingly concerned with Kyon’s perception of her. Yes, the same Yuki who exuded icy nonchalance while dangling on multiple kebab skewers just moments ago. If I were Kyon, I would have chu-ed the most kawaii and megane-less Yuki there and then.
And let’s not forget our beautiful Mikuru onee-sama. For our bashful Mikuru chan to be so liberal with Kyon, it’s clear that her future relationship with Kyon is rather ‘developed’ (to the extent he’s able to point out minute birthmarks on vitals). Mikuru’s liaison with Kyon remains one of the high mysteries of Haruhi for me. I’m not really bothered by who Kyon is to Haruhi but Mikuru X Kyon intrigues me. I’m not sure what to make of onee-Mikuru’s final caution to Kyon. Is an attempt to suppress Haruhi’s jealousy or to prevent the seed of a taboo relationship (think sister or *gasp* daughter?) Personally, I suspect she gets to marry Kyon. After all she had asked the rhetorical question “When will I become an adult?” in her song [Asahina Mikuru no bouken] and I believe her question posed to Kyon in ep 3 “If I become ruined for marriage, would you take me?” contains the same self-fulfilling element.
Sigh, now I would have to choose between rooting for Mikuru as future wife or Kyon’s sister. Here’s hoping Haruhi saw DCSS…