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‘It’s not you’ is one of the most cliché phrases people use when they want to turn down someone. ‘It’s not you, it’s me,’ they say to ease the pain and maybe make the heartbreak a little easier. In Episode 8 of Masamune-kun’s Revenge, Masamune makes one of the most difficult decisions of his life.
Japanese Title: 君じゃないんだ
The first part of the episode was wasted in trivial things. I am guessing that the reason was to smoothly transfer from the triviality of doing nothing to the importance of doing everything in Fujinomiya’s house. Even the ‘You forgot your bags’ plot felt like a careful ploy to have Masamune-kun meet with Adagaki before going to Fujinomiya’s place. One could argue that these scenes were the reason that Adagaki-san felt betrayed afterwards and Masamune-kun felt obliged to go to Neko’s place, but his insistence to think about the photo and not pay attention to Adagaki was a little silly.
If it’s such a bother to talk to me, I’ll leave.
I had the same feeling of ‘wtf’ when Masamune was really shy to enter Fujnomiya’s house, but had no qualms to enter her room to search for the photograph. Nevertheless, if all these scenes were there just to lead to the next scene between Masamune and Fujinomiya, then it was all worth it. Masamune-kun’s Revenge never was too serious. It wasn’t very funny either. These scene, however, is the best content that the series has ever given us. In his attempt to take back the photo of him and Adagaki, Masamune gets seduced by Fujinomiya. To be honest, I expected that Neko would make a move, but not one that would lead to holding his hand and kissing his lips. The seriousness of the situation was transferred to every aspect of the scene: In similar situation the scene would probably had been interrupted by a comical face or a punch-line. Not this time. This scene felt more like Kuzu no Honkai, a fragile moment between two hurt teenagers who, if things were different, could have found solace in each other’s arms. As Fujinomiya plays her trump card, a call to his inner feelings of shame and disgust, Masamune finds himself ready to cry. The truth of her words is just too heavy to bear. ‘My ambitions and revenge, just don’t matter,’ Masamune thinks, and he is ready to give in.
One’s appearance is but a single aspect of that person.
But the scars of the bullying he’d endured are so deep that they somehow prevail over his desire for comfort, his secret longing for all of this to end. He chooses Aki, but as he reveals to Neko-chan, not because he is in love, but because she is his… revenge! Neko-chan experiences what she calls a ‘heartbreak’, probably for the first time. ‘Heartbreak’ is not something a girl who a manipulator does. I bought into the ‘manipulation’ plot, and when she touched her lips I expected her to smirk a little. She didn’t, and that’s the only proof I need that she is serious about Masamune-kun. Or she was surprised by actually feeling something after the kiss. We’ll have to wait and see.
The water park stills were just another fan-servicy moment full of boobs and bikinis, and Neko’s subsequent disappearance fed the plot with the necessary food it needs to go ahead.
Boob Photo: Masamune-kun’s Revenge is not your usual fan-service romance anime. Yet, it cuts no slack to its boob scenes. Having the photo hidden in her boobs, Fujinomiya-san took the boob fan-service one level further.
S&M: BDSM is one of the erotic subcultures that continues to gather public acceptance, to the point of being considered normal at its more sensual variations. Proof of that is the popularity of 50 Shades of Grey, and the various manga and anime that use the theme. BDSM, in a few words, is the erotic practices that involve bondage, discipline, dominance, submission, sadomasochism, and more practices that have to do with interpersonal dynamics.
Bullying: Bullying is a recurring theme in Masamune-kun’s Revenge. I have analyzed it more in my review for Episode 1.
This was probably the most serious Masamune kun’s Revenge episode in the series. After a slow start, the Fujinomiya-Masamune scene portrayed two things: First, the reality of bullying. Second, the vulnerability that comes with truth. Masamune-kun is really tempted to fall into Fujinomiya’s embrace. In just a few words, she managed to hit chords that Masamune had kept hidden since he started reinventing himself. Neko understands him. There is the possibility that Neko may even love him for what he is really inside. Neko and Makabe are more similar than they think, but this is not a story of love. It’s a story of revenge. And Masamune will try to heal his wounds through paying Adagaki with the same coin, not by forgetting what happened burying himself in Fujinomiya’s hug.
The way I see it, there are only two possible outcomes: Either Masamune ends up falling in love with Adagaki or Neko. I have to admit that my assumptions are usually terribly wrong, and maybe Masamune-kun will finally be able to exact his revenge.
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