There you have it – these two characters are the reason why the story exists in the first place. Not necessarily Kazehaya. It’s strangely ironic that the rivalry between Sawako and Kurumi was in fact complementary to the evolution of the main relationship, but you have to admit that without either of these two girls, Kazehaya would just be the same day-in, day-out popular high school kid.
(I’m half-glad there’s no set law book on blogging, but I do feel bad for leaving this one out for so long. Without further ado…)
Ayane and Chizuru’s commentary on Kazehaya and Sawako were spot on. It’s as if they know all the tricks in the book when it comes to shojo romance. I can’t imagine any close group of friends not doing the same thing to their own perfect coupling. And when it works, boy is it beautiful. Almost as fluffy as all the effects Production I.G. threw into this scene. Lens flare? We’ve got it covered!!
Sawako finally fulfills her destiny as Sadako from Ringu! About bloody time. We only waited three seasons’ worth of episodes (three if you break up the first run into two 13-episode batches). Too bad Pin’s stupidity caused their class to disqualify for bribing the judges with delicious carbonated beverages. Someone needs to fire him 26 episodes ago.
After two seasons and 34 episodes, it’s here! It looks like all of those inner Sawako monologues finally paid off as she breaks her silence about her true feelings to Kazehaya. And somewhere in the world, another romance/slice-of-life fanboy falls off his chair in excitement. We’re actually getting progress!!
Sawako getting into serious-business gardening mode completely justified the glacier-paced new rival arc who I’m assuming will threaten to get in Kazehaya’s way at some point… although he never really paved one smoothly enough to begin with ever since the conclusion of the first season. For how oblivious Sawako can be towards others’ frustrations with/about her naivety, it’s actually used to her advantage in possible confrontations, especially whenever Kurumi subtly berates her for one-upping her chance to be closer to Kazehaya.
Looking forward to seeing the dynamics between Kazehaya and Sawako change as the story shifts towards Kento’s involvement with her and Kazehaya’s inevitable jealous bouts as a result, especially knowing after Ayane’s conversation with him just minutes before in realizing how [over]protective Kazehaya can be in his intentions.