We’re approaching the end and this week’s episode was by a small margin better than the last three episodes. I may have spoken my slight dislike for Domestic Girlfriend, fully well knowing going into a series like this was going to be messy. The plot somehow rectified itself in this episode into the direction I had hoped for. Some relationships are just not meant to be.
Japanese Original Title: ホントにいいの？
Rui starts ‘disliking’ Natsuo to get over her own feelings. Natsuo is dealt a reality blow regarding his hopeful future as a novelist. Natsuo and Hina remain content on their relationship but discretion might have done the two good as the next blow might end their bliss.
I’m Going To Dislike You Now: The series’ pitch attempts throughout to try to be serious have been ineffective, only for the soft spot I hold for Rui. Facing the fact that Natsuo was with Hina, Rui did the best thing to protect herself. She attempted to start disliking Natsuo, but acknowledging the fact that this was a ‘self defence’ move to lessen the hurt and pain. This serious part actually worked and I’ve been a secret rooter for Rui since the beginning. It got to me and I was surprised. One of the reasons I like Rui more than Hina is her maturity. It makes Hina (the adult) look pathetic. Rui’s may be an awkward individual but her ability to make self-assured decisions for herself is admirable.
Reality Check: Another serious moment that was effective was Natsuo’s teacher seeing through Natsuo’s desperation to become a novelist. The teacher called out Natsuo: Does he want to write for the love of it or for the status? This was a massive slap in the fact for Natsuo that he needed. You don’t reach anything unless you put the work into it.
Teachers Shouldn’t Say That: Did anyone else notice Natsuo’s teacher speaking about their class trip mention, ‘You guys get to your teacher in a speedo’? Damn, if that happened in reality, hahaha.
Discretion: Natsuo and Hina are not masters of discretion when the headteacher questions Hina about a photo of her and Natsuo kissing. Haha, the obvious final blow for the pair.
This week’s episode I enjoyed more than the last three. The awkward moments and ridiculous drama was worth all the laughs, but I liked the serious attempts made in this episode. Maybe I sound crazy for even acknowledging a train wreck such as Domestic Girlfriend for being effective now regarding Rui’s decision and Natsuo’s reality check scenes. They were both relatable so I have to commend the series for getting something right. Can’t believe I’m acknowledging anything at this point but both scenes had me.
As for the rest of the episode, Hina and Natsuo’s lovey firework scenes made me want to barf. These two just annoy me to the ends of the earth with their delusive love, which we know that in the final episode it will come to a crashing end. Then Rui will have her chance because this series is far from done. I’ve said before the manga goes beyond this season, so don’t be surprised if a second season is announced. Well, all in all, this week was more tolerable than the previous episodes. Am I going to miss this show? Hard to say for now; ask me when we get to the finale.
People Forget About Discretion
Natsuo and Hina will feel the final blow in next week’s finale. I have not been a supporter for Hina and Natsuo from the beginning and their relationship was doomed from the start, so this shall be good. Can’t believe we’ve reached the end so fast, but next week’s episode should be an entertaining one!
See you for the entertaining finale next week!
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Winter 2019 | Anime Info | Simulcast