Hiromi exemplifies the age-old problem of why men will never fully understand women – cos women are a bundle of contradictions while men try to unravel that armed only with a bundle of contraceptives. No wonder the mountains of carcasses that choke the streets of love! Personally I found it hard trying to understand Hiromi’s conflicting push/pull signals to Shin too. Sure, there’s the issue of annoying Mrs Nakagami but it’s still murky as to where Hiromi wishes her level of involvement with Shin to be. A great relationship as siblings or more? And frankly, Hiromi chan, you are just reaping the lies you sowed. Shouldn’t you take some responsibility for the ruined virginal room-visit and Shin’s nosiness? That said Hiromi still has my support as designated girl. The jarring 2 perspective scenes emphasized how similar Shin and she really are, unlike Noe whose lofty thought processes only befuddles the mortal Shin. Maybe it did does help that Hiromi has the body-language of a succubus. That lean-against-table jutsu is sexier than any panty flash I’ve seen this year.
Noe confirms that celestial beings do live amongst us and their ways are surely higher than ours. Hence, it’s natural that I’m unclear of her motivations to befriend Hiromi. Is that part of her promise to make things right between Shin and Hiromi or is that a cover for something deeper than Noe hasn’t discovered for herself? In fact, for all the things Noe is doing for Shin, has it already outstripped her original intent of obtaining his tears and growing into some monstrosity that Noe is failing to recognise much less contain? Man, I can only hope for the latter even though I’m rooting for Shin X Hiromi. Moar dorama no tamani! And I’m simply loving Noe’s stares. An unflinching and piercing gaze that reaches deep into the soul yet not exploitative nor malevolent. Much like how an infant sees with uncoloured vision fueled solely by an innocent/earnest desire to learn. Truly out of this world, Noe.
Aiko is familiar territory. The girl who is dishonest with herself to due lack in self-confidence and attempts a proxy relationship through her love’s best friend. I’ve said before that Aiko is not only cruel to herself but also Nobuse. To grant hope in love when there is none is one of the most terrible things one can inflicts in affairs of the heart. Like Mao-oneechan (Kimikiss) who is slowly but surely starting to be honest with herself, Aiko needs to take that bold step, possibly into heartbreak territory, to ascertain Shin and her relationship. Whatever the outcome, it’d only be forward for Aiko rather than have her unrequited feelings bottled and fester within. Worse when it’s channeled onto an unintended recipient.
This was a GREAT ep. So much development on all the relationships and we catch a glimpse of the degree of Jun’s siscon in next ep’s preview. Honestly, in his shoes, I’d be very much in pain too.