|Words of wisdom from Shohei...|
|Pretty flowers for pretty girls.|
|White after Labor Day?|
|"Got your shoe..."|
|They seem way too invested in the love life of each other.|
|"Remember when you used to be cool?"|
Honestly I was surprised to learn that Tatsuya's brother is dead. It does shed some light about why Bakada is so important to Tatsuya, as it is not just him living up to his older brother's name but also it is a connection to him now that he has passed away. Since there was no mention of how he died I can easily see this becoming a major plot point down the line.
|I guess this date was no better than his first two.|
|Not paying attention during class? Scandalous!|
|Setting himself up for heart break?|
|Ready to kick ass.|
|Saya is sad that she only has one expression.|
|Tetsuya is practically psychic this episode.|
|The least safe school roof I have ever seen.|
|Tatsuya is no great secret keeper.|
|BFFs don't let BFFs jump off bridges.|
|Real men wear pretty birds on their shirts.|
|I feel so shallow for thinking how pretty Kaoru looks in these scenes.|
|Not an episode goes by without running.|
|A lonely world...|
|...is not so lonely anymore.|
|Tatsuya's seal of approval.|
|Who needs work when you have wheels.|
Watching this episode a couple times I really feel the heart of the story for it is how trapped people can feel when they are forced into a role they do not feel they fit in but they should not give up if they have people who are willing to support them as they are. This theme ties in to Sayuri, Maya and Kojihara's stories. With Sayuri and Maya their issues stem from gender roles being forced on them that they did not agree with while in Kojihara it was more about being forced to take a job that made him unhappy over doing what he really wanted to do with his life. In all cases what saves them is being reminded that they do have people who care about them and support them. In Sayuri and Maya's cases this love and support from friends is no doubt incredibly important as it has to supplant the lack of it they feel they have gotten from their family.
I really like the fact that the reason why Maya decides to follow Sayuri is because he could tell that she was feeling suicidal as he had felt that way before. I think above all he knew the kind of pain she must have been in to feel like death was the only way for her which is why he decided to open up to her about something that is clearly painful for him to talk about. Not to mention when dealing with someone who is suicidal one of the things you want to avoid is leaving them alone. which he also made sure of by following her.
I think this episode is the strongest one so far and I hope there will be more like it before the series ends. I think it deals well with showing how both sides are learning from each other, like Tatsuya realizing that just because they go about it in a different manner it does not mean the girls do not treasure their friendships like the boys do. Overall I am surprised at how much I have enjoyed this series and I hope the ending does not disappoint.