There was no beautiful art from this opening sequence for me to add to my collection: Brothers Conflict gallery (
I don’t actually have one) but this one was nice. I’m at least happy that it’s moved away from the rose petals swirling around and the serenity. The use of stairs goes so well with the idea of the triplets. The only thing that annoys me is that trite “Sis…you are the one I love.” line. I roll my eyes every time.
Azusa was admitted to the hospital in this episode but his sickness was nothing severe. And like I predicted, the directors from that anime show blew up Tsubaki’s phone with calls and messages to get him to discuss being Azusa’s replacement. They didn’t even wait! No shame or tact. But Tsubaki ignored the calls and only answered in the last part when he completely gave up on ignoring the incessant calls.
(I want to discuss Azusa’s and Tsubaki’s relationship but for some unknown reason, I have a block on how to put what I have to say across and it sounds like garbage to me; so moving on. Just know that the posters and pictures in Tsubaki’s room says a lot about his level of care for and admiration of Azusa.)
Tsubaki was feeling down about everything that had happened and began to blame himself for causing things to reach where it did – Azusa being admitted to the hospital. Ema found him and tried to cheer him up by telling him that Azusa wouldn’t think it was his fault why anything turned out the way it did but Tsubaki doesn’t want Azusa to just forgive him. He doesn’t want it to be that easy – probably he feels as if he should be punished by karma for what he caused. I appreciated the slight level of character development in this scene. It seems Tsubaki is a favorite because he’s being fleshed out in each episode.
Then he was “Inceptioned” – having a dream within a dream, within a dream, within a dream, within a dream. I think I miscounted the number of dreams he had but I think he had four. The first dream was about Azusa dying and I won’t lie, I let out a howl and almost started crying. Because…Brothers Conflict wouldn’t be the same without my glasses lover. But it was just a dream, I got so mad that I was pulled into that lie so easily. It would have taken me by TOO MUCH surprise if this light anime REALLY went down the depressing route.
Ema went to visit Azusa – for herself and Tsubaki, who wasn’t ready to face him yet. Azusa thought that, being alone with her – enjoying the zephyrs and lightness of that moment – was the right moment for him to confess. Ema rejected him and also made known her thoughts about Tsubaki: she only likes him as a brother and not as a man. Being the calm person he is, Azusa acted as expected when she rejected him. And I like the fact that he kept the thought that she wouldn’t return his affection in hindsight.
At the same time, however, just like Tsubaki, he plans to pursue a relationship with her. The episode ended with him telling her that he would wait for her answer and he kissed her forehead.
Fun fact: According to Cosmopolitan and other relationship magazines, a kiss on the forehead is a sign that a guy loves you. I don’t even know why I mentioned that but I hope it gives Azusa points – he should have her. Well…that’s if he was the first to give her a forehead kiss. And I’m sure he was. HE IS THE CHOSEN ONE, EMA!
On a sidenote though: Why the hell are all of them in love with her? Ema is so vapid and I’m sure she is the same off-screen in the 2D world as she is onscreen. It makes no sense to me. If I was one of those brothers, I wouldn’t even look at her beyond the thought of her being my sister. They are so weak. They aren’t real men. They need to go out and get themselves some real piece of ass than stay inside lusting after Ema…
Don’t they feel ashamed of themselves?
Shout out to Louis! He has my respect! He made the RIGHT decision not jumping on the bandwagon of thirst.
Unless of course…he’s gay. And that would be such a terrible stereotype – because he’s a hairstylist and all…
And even if that’s the case, I still respect him!