Life is complicated. So many things are out of our control and still we struggle to keep everything under wraps, certain that we are strong enough to control our fate. NTR: Netsuzou Trap’s 9 minutes may have not been able to pass that message in the most comprehensive of ways, but Takeda summed up the series in our phrase:
Love is hard
It certainly is Takeda, and Episode 11 of the yuri anime proved just that.
Japanese Title: ありがとう、ごめんね
Takeda takes on the mantle of this series’ tragic superhero. He had his feelings played with, was cheated on, and lost his girlfriend, and still, he has the dignity to help Yuma realize her feelings and somehow agree to confessing to Hotaru. Yuma didn’t mention Hotaru by name, but Takeda’s flashback made it clear that deep inside he knows that Yuma is talking about Hotaru. Maybe that’s why he is so calm. If you have male friends, then they can assure you that losing your girlfriend to a girl doesn’t hurt as much as losing her to a boy. I’m not sure if that’s the case for Takeda, but he sure seemed a lot calmer as he compared his own feelings for Yuma to Yuma’s for Hotaru.
Aren’t these romantic feelings?
They are, Takeda, but it took Yuma 11 episodes to finally realize that all that erotic hassle with her best friend was not just a whim. A series of flashbacks were the catalyst and Yuma was convinced that the only way to untangle this mess is to confess. However, not everything goes as we plan.
At first, I was startled by Yuma’s sudden honesty. As soon as she says ‘I like you’ to Hotaru (which in Japanese erotic lingo is somewhat similar to ‘I love you’), Hotaru is too quick to agree and kiss Yuma. I expected the confession scene to include more drama, a few tears, some monologues. But, of course, Hotaru didn’t mean it like that. She loves Yuma as a friend. At this point, I honestly think that her character is a bit psychopathic with traits of unbelievable. As Yuma suspects, it was too evident that she avoided her friend’s confession, but a kiss is a kiss and a statement is a statement:
‘This feels like we are lovers, right?’
Hotaru is just fine with them messing around. She doesn’t seem to want anything else, because if she did, this was the perfect opportunity for them to kick off their beautiful lesbian relationship. You don’t urge her to find her way back to her ex while you are with a crazy loon like Fujiwara. There is something fishy going on here.
She knew what I meant and deliberately changed the subject
Oppai Moment of the Week: This is the first time I put the sub-section Oppai Moment of the Week for one reason: There was no such moment. For a yuri NTR anime that promised more fun time, this episode was embarrassingly stagnated of such moments.
Cliffhanger: This week’s cliffhanger is significant. For the first time, we are 90% sure that Fujiwara is abusive towards Hotaru (I am giving 10% to that amazing twist that might never come) and Yuma has a chance to do something about it. What that something is we’ll found out next week.
Themes & Trivia
Music: For a series that changed its ending theme every four episodes, the in-anime soundtrack is a bit repetitive. By choosing to recycle the same background songs, you lose some real potential to highlight the drama. Not all tunes align with all situations.
Love: Love is hard; that’s certain. But Yuma finds herself in a very difficult situation. As soon as she confesses her love to her best friend, she is immediately rejected. Imagine yourself in her situation for a moment. I know that the anime was below expectations, but still, the themes it deals with are very real. This is a high school girl confused about her sexuality. She is clearly attracted to women, but it took the boldness of her psychopathic friend to bring it to the surface. Yet, Yuma is not a psychopath. Her feelings for Hotaru may be clouded on the surface but are very clear to us, the viewers. This is a girl coming out in a moment that is both fragile and significant. Maybe the anime was not successful in giving justice to the moment, but Yuma did something many teenagers her age are unable to do: she was frank to herself and to her feelings.
Next week is the last episode of the yuri anime. I am not expecting a huge finale. After all, the story of the anime until now doesn’t promise one. But I do expect a resolution. Either have Yuma and Hotaru begin a relationship or do something to destroy any hopes of it. This is a story, and all stories need to have a beginning and an end, even if there are more stories to follow.
Get Your Hands Off My Girlfriend
That’s what Yuma should say, now that she is almost certain that Fujiwara is hitting Hotaru. Like a knight in shining armor, she should kill the evil dragon and rescue the princess from its vicious claws. Ok, this was a bit overdramatic for a yuri anime, but you get the gist. Unless Takeda comes and beats the crap out of Fujiwara (wishful thinking).
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