Maybe it was Tsuki ga Kirei that raised all my expectations of romance anime to exponential levels, but I’m slowly getting a little bored of Yagate Kimi ni Naru. I had hoped by this episode that the show would move along much faster but we got another extremely slow paced episode. Some progress was made, while no progress was made at the same time.
The progress I can see is that Koito and Nanami are getting closer. Just…inching, bit by bit. Nothing of importance happens this episode because right now students are preparing for midterms and Koito begins studying early. One thing that interested me was Koyomi and her novel, though I don’t know how important that’ll be to the main plot. I’d kinda like to know more about Koito’s friends, but I feel like it’ll also be like Tsuki ga Kirei in that the friends will be unimportant for the most part.
We all know Koito is in super DENIAL mode. She gets annoyed that Maki keeps bugging her about her being in a relationship with Nanami, and he’s very much into progressing it further. I had doubts about this guy but I guess I was wrong. He really just wants to watch this show unfold, and he finds Koito’s attitude in all this amusing and entertaining. It’s kind of hilarious. Anyway, Koito comes up with many things to make it seem like she doesn’t think of Nanami romantically. On the outside with her nonchalant attitude, it really does seem that way. On the inside, she keeps telling herself the reason why she’s so close with Nanami is that she’s worried because she’s really just a fragile person and she wants to help her out. That she’s a good-natured person at heart, and that she would do it for anyone, that Nanami isn’t a special case. And it makes me wonder if Koito would? I can’t really pinpoint what kind of person she is. She is a nice person, that we know, but she’s kind of blunt and maybe a little reserved. It’s the fifth episode and I can’t really say what kind of person Koito is, which is kind of concerning. Or maybe that’s just me. But I think maybe it’s because Koito has been really passive in all this? The only time I can say that she took some initiative was during the student council campaign speech where she added her own words. Other than that, Koito has kind of been just going with the flow, doing what others tell her to. I think I’d really like it if she took more of an active stance in the anime.
Like I said, she’s still in denial but things seem to be shifting (ever so slowly) to where maybe she might recognize what her true feelings are, as she hugged the planetarium. Koito muses to herself that she’d be sad if her feelings for Nanami never changed, and hopes that her heart will change and decide for her. But, like I said, I want Koito to be active and not “let her heart decide for her”, which is how I understood it.
Nanami is the same Nanami. She helps tutor Koito every day for midterms and when the library was too full, Koito suggests studying at her place. Nanami gets flustered and is visibly uncomfortable and embarrassed being in Koito’s room. She gets to meet Koito’s family and gets to know her better, like her older sister, her sister’s boyfriend, and just family life and it makes her happy as Koito doesn’t talk about herself much. She gets on her sister’s good side and gets the recipe for the cheesecake that Koito enjoys so much, making herself obvious. I hate sounding like a broken record, but I still wonder why Nanami fell in love with Koito so quickly. I bet she likes her because she can be herself around her and rely on someone, while liking that bold attitude of hers. I’m just ready for this relationship to progress because we’re getting to the halfway point, and personally I think the show is a little too slow right now. Again, I hope things speed up a little.