Why, WHY Yukari, why are you not true to yourself, your feelings, and your potential wife and girlfriend? Probably because you’re sixteen and you are the protagonist of a romance anime called Love and Lies, but that’s not really comforting me right now. By the way, I’m #teamRirina now. For obvious reasons.
Japanese Original Episode Title: 無言の嘘
Following the last episode’s cliffhanger, we see Yukari climbing on top of Ririna and struggling with what he should be doing next. Instead of voicing his concerns to her, or maybe communicating to her that it might be a good idea to pretend that they’re ‘doing something’, he kisses and sort-of dry-humps her into awkwardness, until she has to look away. After a rather awkward confrontation where Ririna’s feelings for Yukari are DRAMATICALLY OBVIOUS she basically tells him to gfto of her life for a while so she can sort some things out for herself. On his way out, Yukari meets the creepy white haired government guy (the one who warned him in the previous episode) who just throws around more incoherent mysterious statements that don’t really make sense.
The next day, Yukari goes to school and manages to place his hand after a descending hammer and pay a visit to the school nurse, where Takazaki, mad with worry about his well-being, finally decides to speak to him after a whole month. He admits to her that things between him and Ririna are a bit awkward right now, so she invites Ririna out for dessert to talk things over. At this point, she realizes Ririna is in love with Yukari, but decides not to tell either of them. In the meantime, Yukari meets the creepy government guy at school and somehow thinks it’s a good idea to ask him for advice. He tells him to follow his feelings. Yukari decides to send an elaborate text to Ririna (the type that you read over and over again before pressing send) and she replies with a letter, encouraging him to do his best in the school festival. Could be worse.
I honestly though there was a chance: Even though I was pretty sure nothing dramatic was going to happen between Ririna and Yukari, I was kinda hoping for it. They’re obviously more suitable for each other and, well, science, bitch. I’m all for running around and falling in love when you’re sixteen, but if someone throws a perfect partner in your face, you should at least consider the possibilities. COME ON, YUKARI.
‘Keeping a distance’: In my book, this means ‘let’s take some time so we can break up in a civilized manner’ or ‘I need to have sex with more people.’ I guess that some people might actually be taking healthy breaks from their relationships like Ririna and Yukari are doing now but then again, they didn’t even have an actual relationship to begin with, so it doesn’t really count, does it?
Takazaki’s torso: Is it just me or are Takazaki’s breasts out of control in this episode? I mean ok, fair enough, she’s a tall heavy chested woman (very common Japanese body type by the way…) but in this episode she looked like her boobs were pregnant. I’m sure this is a thing, somewhere, somehow.
Animation quality: Much as I enjoy the aesthetics of this show, it does feel like the animation quality is a bit unstable from time to time, and I noticed that in this episode too. I can’t really pinpoint it but there’s some unnatural flatness and awkward movement here and there.
Takazaki’s a selfish little ***: Can’t really blame her for wanting to keeping the one she loves next to her but, pretending to be a friend both to Ririna and Yukari and plotting their misery behind their back… uuuugh.
Government guy: Was probably dating government girl back in high school. Just saying.
Themes & Trivia
School cultural festival: or ‘bunkasai’, is an open event organized by school students in Japan, where they perform their artistic (and other) achievements. Kind of like an open day even organized by the students.
Love theory: Teenagers and first love… a commonly confusing time in most people’s lives, but at the same time quite important. Growing out of your teenage infatuation is an important rite of passage, and that’s the main problem with the ‘red strings of science’ system…
Wasn’t a huge fan of her all along – there’s something off about her overall behaviour – but now that her true colours are slowly showing up, I can tell why. I wonder if she’s gotten her notice yet and is hiding it from everyone. Maybe we’ll find out next week.