Our first snowstorm of the year didn’t amount to much, at least in terms of snow. It was the 5 degree F temperatures and 20MPH hour winds that damn near killed me, and it’s not gone yet. I need something nice and summery. Ah! Cross Game!
Oh, I forgot, it’s Winter there, too …
Never mind, this show never fails to warm the cockles of my heart, though I wish it would work on my toes at this moment. Similar to last ep, this one takes care of the off-season by inserting little bits of plot while indulging in a yearly event, in this case Valentine’s day, a mad dance of chocolates!
Let’s see. Azuma got a bunch from girls he doesn’t care for, but adds, almost as an aside to Aoba, that she’s the one person he would like to date.
Senda (the only character in this show I dislike) buys chocolates and pretend they’re for him. Aoba gets a ton of chocolates, all from girls, prompting cousin Asami to bake her a cake, which is promptly eaten by the other sisters (who are, of course, also his cousins. Hee!), while Nomo reacts like a Greek chorus that only speaks Cat. Kou only gets four chocolates (Girls think he’s dating Aoba), which wind up in a passing truck after Aoba playfully tries to snatch them away, make of that what you will. She has to buy him replacements. After a hint, Ichiyo gives Junpei a chocolate (Interesting …), and Aoba, as an afterthought, gets one for Azuma, but has Kou deliver it. And at the very end:
This one is still surprising even when you take into account Akane has been learning about Wakaba and the relationships they all had with her. It’s as though she has agreed to take Wakaba’s role. You wonder if it’s too hasty, especially in a show like this, which is never hasty unless there’s a game on.
Overall, it’s a clever means of letting us know who might be getting along with whom. Each scene is a small shock followed by a smile, and ways the chocolates get to the recipient mean something too. Lovely stuff. The other big news is Aoba is going to try out for the All-Japan girl’s team. That will be fun.