Winter 2020 Anime: Official Info, Airdates & Trailers
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Hello, my friends! We are now up to the eighth episode of Tada Never Falls in Love and I finally feel it! I FINALLY feel the love! In this episode, we get to see Teresa truly start to fall for Mitsuyoshi. I’m also still terribly confused as to why a character as perfect as Charles can exist. He must be hiding something. Maybe he’s not actually human?? I mean, he DID drive with his eyes closed. Anyway, let’s take a look at the review!
“If this is the absolute worst luck I have, it isn’t so bad”
Japanese titile: 雨女だったっけ？
The photography club is off to the countryside to take pictures of the stars for a photography contest. Pin-sempai has it all planned out and Charles has been kind enough to drive them there. It doesn’t take long before Hajime starts raving about nudes (apparently they are stars now). Although they arrive at a great spot near Mt Fuji, it is very cloudy, which may make it difficult to get the starry shots they are after.
We get to see a Rainbow Shogun scene as the gang visit a shrine and draw their fortunes. Teresa gets ‘excellent luck’. Perhaps somebody who will change her life will walk into (or HAS walked) into it. The others are not so lucky, especially poor Alec. Kaoru takes fortune into his own hands, and just keeps on drawing until he gets ‘excellent luck’. I like that attitude.
Later, the gang arrives at the hotel and everybody takes a bath. We get a Prince of Tennis scene in the playroom and Charles gives Alec a music player because she says the wind is bothering her (Alec, girl, I understand. I would be in love with him too if I were you).
The gang leaves in the early hours to get some shots. Unfortunately, Charles has work to do and cannot join them. As everybody sets up, it’s clear that Mitsuyoshi knows what he is doing, and helps the others out. Kaoru gets straight to taking selfies! As they talk about future dreams, Teresa says she just wants to live with a smile on her face, and we get a sweet moment where Alec backs her up.
As everybody is asleep, Mitsuyoshi and Teresa get a moment together (Teresa’s samurai language habit seems to have rubbed off on him). As she is about to step into the lake, Mitsuyoshi quickly grabs her to save her. Teresa is clearly affected (her heart must be about to pump out of her chest!), but Mitsuyoshi doesn’t seem all too bothered. They then have a real heart-to-heart scene about having to grow up too fast, be it from hurting somebody close to them to LOSING somebody close to them. Mitsuyoshi tells Teresa that if you could go back in time to fix your mistakes that is all well and good, but you can’t. So it’s better to not make those mistakes again. That’s what regret is. These words have a HUGE effect on Teresa, and I wish I could know what was going through her head. I liked this scene because there was a real concrete action there that could really make Teresa’s romantic feelings for Mitsuyoshi develop. At this point, I REALLY thought Teresa was going to do something, from kissing him and telling him something important to grinning. However, they are interrupted by Kaoru! Ahhh! Just when I was really getting into it! She jumps over to Mitsuyoshi’s arm and goes bright red when it’s pointed out. Again, Mitsuyoshi doesn’t seem all that bothered.
As they are taking pictures, Teresa keeps looking over at him, from just a split-second to full-blown staring.
Later, Charles is heading back home. He tells Alec to have more faith in Teresa and notes that he and Teresa will not be able to stray from their fates much longer. When Charles kisses Teresa goodbye, she replies with a very plain ‘yes’. Charles reaction is very different. He has hurt in his eyes as he internally declares his love for her. Finally, Alec tells Teresa that she has to speak to her…
This series has had some really beautiful backgrounds and this one was no different. The night sky looked absolutely stunning, as did the sunrise!
The look on Hinako’s face when Alec says that there is love that starts once you know somebody is in love with you is so adorable; until Hajime starts to rave about HINA again. Later, they are talking about how people fall in love, and that one’s facial structure plays a big part. Hinako starts poking around with her face until, of course, they say that Hajime is different. It’s all about the boobs. I felt the purity of Hinako’s crush a lot more in this episode. She must have been happy when Hajime called her by name to wake her up.
When Teresa and Mitsuyoshi were talking while waiting for the stars, it was easy to see Teresa’s feelings growing deeper and deeper. The moment when he stopped her from falling into the lake was the first scene in the whole series that gave me a true ‘mune-kyun!’ feeling. (basically a squee moments).
The guys visited a Shinto shrine. When you pray there, you are supposed to ring the bell and clap your hands before praying. This is to get the attention of the Gods (you don’t need to clap at a Buddhist temple as the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas are always vigilant!). They then drew their fortune. This is just a piece of paper with various levels of fortune from ‘very bad’ to ‘very good’ and a few words on your future. You may have noticed Charles and Hajime tying their pieces of paper to a fence. You are supposed to tie your bad fortunes to the fence (or a tree) to leave the bad luck there. Some people also tie their good luck papers and some take them home. It differs from person to person and place to place.
Hajime mentions that he is aiming for Kyoto University. It’s probably important to note that this must mean he is VERY smart, as Kyoto University is one of the most prestigious universities in Japan! I was lucky enough to spend a year studying at Kyoto University and I must say…many Kyoto U students are very clever but a little…strange. When I asked some of my Kyoto U friends why they had chosen to study there instead of the University of Tokyo, they all told me that it was because there was more freedom to be a little weird at Kyoto U. So yeah, Pin-sempai would fit right in.
I’ve given this series a bit of flak before for not really having any spark between Teresa and Mitsuyoshi, but this episode definitely made up for it. Although we’d seen that Teresa may have developed a teeny tiny crush on Mitsuyoshi, it was in this episode that we could clearly see the moment she fell for him. Unless I’m completely misunderstanding, which is what I often do when it comes to romance (haha…). It’s not quite clear what Mitsuyoshi feels, but he doesn’t tend to show much emotion in general. Him not having much reaction to things such as Teresa hanging onto his arm may not mean that he doesn’t feel anything for her. We’ll just have to wait and see. I mean, the title of the anime is that he never falls in love, so… (laugh) I’m also curious to know what it is that Alec has to say to Teresa. I have a lot of theories, but they are probably all wrong.
Now that I’m finally invested in Mitsuyoshi and Teresa, I’m looking forward to the next episode! I’ll see you then!
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