The yuri anime concluded its run with a 6-minute episode that felt more like a few seconds, but at least gave us some kind of semi-complete closure for all four characters. NTR: Netsuzou Trapwas not a revelation, but it was short enough to not warrant any unpleasant feelings on spending 9 minutes weekly on its love story.
Japanese Title: どうして今まで気づかなかったんだろう
Hotaru is not a psychopath, thank the Anime God. She is just a deeply hurt girl who hates uncertainty. That’s the main reason why she remains in an abusive relationship that was created on a deal. Fujiwara may be a jerk who doesn’t really care about anyone (maybe a little about Takeda) but for Hotaru he is a constant. Whatever happens and as long as she gives in to his whims, Fujiwara will call her and give her the attention she craves, because as Yuma herself realizes at the very end, that was what Hotaru always wanted: her attention. Her undivided attention. Until now, whether Yuma gave in to Hotaru’s ‘jokes’ depended on her moon. Hotaru doesn’t care about her mood, she cares about feeling secure. That’s not an excuse for Hotaru’s bitchy behavior, but it might explain her own mixed signals to Yuma.
Yuma felt like she was entitled to her friendship and her love and everything her relationship with Hotaru included. An entitlement that stripped Hotaru of her independence and Yuma of the ability to see that Hotaru doesn’t belong to her. She even gets jealous when Hotaru tries to break free from her. Yet, in the end, it had to be Yuma committing to their relationship that gave Hotaru the necessary leverage to leave Fujiwara and try her luck in a lesbian relationship with her best friend.
Fujiwara ends up single (not really but you know) and the only one that seems to be having the worst end of the deal is Takeda. Poor Takeda.
Public Kissing: In real life, I don’t even want to think what kind of reaction a public kiss between two female underaged students would have attracted from the crowd around. Probably many photo clicks and OMGs and WTFs. Probably some GOODFORTHEMs as well. For what the scene wanted to convey, however, the scene worked just fine. No one should be ashamed for what they feel and for whom they feel it, and a kiss between lovers should be treated as something normal.
Themes & Trivia
After-credits Scene: Wasn’t that scene exactly the same as the one in the opening credits? Now, did they use the same frames for the last scene or was the last scene used for the opening credits?
I’m not sure how I feel about NTR now that it’s over. Since I rarely enter a show with prior expectations, I am also rarely disappointed. I don’t really like going into a series expecting what to see, as if the story needs to fill a quote of tags to meet my taste. What drew me into anime in the first place was the medium’s ease to tell so many different kinds of stories. And that’s what I saw in this anime: one more story. A story of four flawed children, each with their own quirks and pains. A story of personal growth and of difference of opinions. A tale of a girl who went from confused to enlightened. Despite all its flaws in clearly portraying the characters, NTR showed us a different Yuma in her last words to Fujiwara. This is not the Yuma who is trying to rationalize what she can’t or won’t dare to understand. This is a Yuma who knows what she wants and no one will get in her way. And for the first time, she actually listened to what he had to say.
Was the show good? No, but it wasn’t as bad as many people are commenting online. A few times in my reviews I did express my frustration on how blatantly stupid Yuma was, but in retrospect, aren’t we all when we try to rationalize things we just can’t get ourselves to accept? Don’t we all become stupidly blind in the face of truth if that truth is just not what we expected or wanted?
Good for you, girls
In the end, NTR was just not what most yuri fans expected. I wouldn’t have said no to more fan service (we all need our dose of anime sexual pleasure) but this was not so bad for a 6-minute-per-episode show. I just want one favor from the producers: create one episode where Takeda finds a nice girlfriend. I know he is fictional, but damned… poor boy.
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