WARNING – SPOILERS.
Rather than starting off exactly where previous one ended, episode four let you guess a bit longer as to Akane’s answer to Kotaro. It’s quite nice to see it drop a little bit of chronological story to then jump back and show you exactly how it went down. Other than that one scene, episodes four and five blended together. They both dealt with the awkwardness between the two main characters and how they deal with talking to each other in front of others. Or don’t.
We start to see a bit more of the love triangle that’s mentioned in the synopsis and by the end of episode five it’s quite blatantly spelled out. Watching this as an adult, I have to say that Chinatsu is a terrible friend. Absolutely terrible. She knows that Kotaro like’s Akane, there’s no doubt about it that she knew. I would say she knows that Akane likes Kotaro too because of the scene in the library. Yes, Akane denied the two of them dating but it was very obvious that she was there before of Kotaro. At the end of the epsiode, Chinatsu texts Akane to say she has a crush on Kotaro. The episode ends there and in my head and I just recall this being the kind of thing that happened so much in school. It’s good that it’s invoking those feelings but at the same time it’s stuff I wouldn’t put up with now. But I did when I was their age. That’s the point, really.
Episode six was just as strong as all the previous episodes, if not stronger than the rest. I loved how Akane’s sister, Ayane, reacted to the confession and questioned whether the two of them could be friends. I was willing to give Chinatsu the benefit of the doubt during this episode if she’d confessed just to get her best friend to tell her but I really don’t think it’s that. If anything I think Chinatsu is taking advantage of Akane. Chinatsu was all hyped up about the intense track schedule, then blew it off to go to the cram school. She brought up her “confession” to Akane right before their race and, as a result of that, was the only was to go through. It was clear that had Akane been focused she would’ve beaten Chinatsu. Then, on top of it all, when Akane talks to Chinatsu about dating Kotaro and says they talk about it, Chinatsu uses her “we’re friends” talk to ask to confess to Kotaro! I don’t think she’s a very good friend to Akane at all.
I’m quite amazed how invested I am in this. I’m really looking forward to next week’s episode, but I’m also looking forward to where it goes. I’m not sure whether Kotaro and Akane will be together at the end of the series but it’s going to be an interesting journey to see them explore their relationship while Chinatsu tries to get in the way and Takumi lurks on the sidelines.
It’s the third year of middle school. Kotaro, a bookish boy aspiring to become a novelist, and Akane, a track girl who loves to run, meet in the same class together for the first time. They’re put in charge of the equipment for the sports festival, and slowly grow closer via LINE. How does Kotaro deal with his growing feelings for her? Meanwhile, Takumi has been in love with Akane since first year, and Akane’s friend, Chinatsu, becomes interested in Kotaro. A refreshing story of young love set in Kawagoe.