I’ll admit, I didn’t approach Nazo no Kanojo with the most positive of mind-sets this week after having been made to sit through and write about a highly contentious episode, (something I don’t much enjoy doing, believe it or not- I much prefer being positive) only to have what I’d written be openly mocked on a forum. Apparently I’d gotten it all wrong, apparently claiming ownership of a woman and all her assorted body parts is A-OK! Pfft. Whatever, the guy likes Bodacious Space Pirates so clearly he doesn’t know what he’s talking about! Anyway, as I was saying, I didn’t approach this episode with the most positive of mind-sets but, it was difficult being crotchety and curmudgeonly when I was given exactly what it was I’ve been wishing for, progression.
In typical Nazo no Kanojo fashion I wasn’t able to ascertain the function this episode served to the overarching storyline until it was more than halfway over. For quite some time the focus of the episode seemed to be on Urabe’s hooters, (an appropriate expression given the ridiculous sound they made when squeezed) which alone would’ve been OK, I guess, if a little silly! It would’ve built further on the physical attraction Tsubaki feels towards Urabe, (and wouldn’t have been terribly sexist, might I add, as for the large majority of the episode Tsubaki was very considerate of the feelings of the girl said breasts were attached to, she wasn’t at all made out to be some kind of walking, talking lust object! Just thought I’d point that out in case my no.1 fan accuses me of getting it wrong and being hypocritical again) but, the show actually went a little further than it has previously by developing Urabe’s feelings of physical attraction to Tsubaki. This was something I’d begun to think impossible due to her withdrawn nature and her role as the (pretty temperamental) fuse in the relationship.
Apparently what Tsubaki said in episode 5 of the show: “I need to be more assertive”, was true. His being physically assertive seems to have almost freed Urabe of some of the inhibitions that were holding her back. Now, I would never condone a guy leaping on a girl without some kind of consent, and it’s true, whilst watching this episode I was horrified, thinking Tsubaki had gone too far and exploited the little leeway Urabe had afforded him so far in the entire series by allowing him to touch her chest, betraying her trust however, unlike me Urabe didn’t see it as some kind of violation, (which doesn’t make what he did OK, so kudos to Tsubaki for recognising this and demanding punishment in spite of her not being particularly affronted) which makes me think that, deep down, she was waiting for Tsubaki to make a move like this- though I doubt she expected to get her ear licked, I’m not sure who’d expect that- after all, she has proven to be the more reluctant of the pair, time and time again! I’m hoping that now Tsubaki’s made the first move Urabe may shy away less from the physical side of the relationship- I’d begun to really pity Tsubaki who has had to bottle up all those raging, just-hit-puberty boy hormones ‘cause he landed himself a girlfriend who won’t even let him hug her!
Not only has there been a development in the more physical aspect of their relationship, there has also been a clarification of Urabe’s feelings towards Tsubaki. I mean, we’ve always known she’s liked him but, unlike Tsubaki, the ‘L word’ has never passed her lips however, this episode proved she must have feelings of those sort towards her boyfriend. When sampling some of Tsubaki’s drool during the final few minutes of the episode she developed the same bruise on her cheek as the one on his, showing once more that the connection between them is hardly one-sided, and her claims that he has changed her body seem to me to suggest she has plenty of those lovely love chemicals, adrenaline, dopamine and serotonin, currently whizzing about in her system, lovely.
The only thing I can criticise this episode for is being a bit silly at points. The boob noises were pretty stupid, (sorry guys but they really don’t make that sound when squeezed) as was the OTT pathetic fallacy but, these only induced a little eye-rolling which is far more preferable to the full-blown girl-rage last week’s episode inspired so, you know, whatever…