Shin Sekai Yori 7 suggested that the kids were going to be in BIG trouble when they got back home after their crazy adventures, and maybe it’s true. But if so, the adults sure take their time about it. We jump ahead two years, the hormones have kicked in, and everybody’s gay.
I mean EVERYONE, except for Mamaru, and he can’t get a partner. I couldn’t spot a single heterosexual couple in all the parings the show threw at me. What are the odds of this? They throw in another reference to the bonobos way of thinking, but that doesn’t explain the predominance of same-sex pairings here. Well, no one seems to mind. What’s more interesting is that Shun and Satoru are a couple, as are Saki and Maria. The latter I could envision but I’m not buying the former. Especially when Saki and Shun have started making quick glances at each other. Not surprising, Saki’s been interested in Shun for years.
And while we’re watching all this, basically getting reacquainted with the kids after two years, we start to wonder when the plot’s going to heat up again. It’s there, slowly creeping around in the background, with Shun trying to, er, hatch an egg, I guess. Everyone else is practicing what could be described as parlor tricks but Shun’s school project is far different. What’s he doing with that egg? Stimulate the unborn chick’s growth? Make a chick? Whatever he’s doing the school approves, that is, until a bigwig named Kaburagi comes in and sees what he’s doing. Next thing you know he’s going to get taken away and isolated for some kind of therapy and he’s warning Saki about those cats. Oh, he already broke up with Satoru. It’s as though he knew something was about to come down on him, but then, Shun always seems to know more than what he lets on. Maybe next week the show will let us in on a few of these secrets.
Sukitte Ii na yo is a good series, but I’m often amazed how little out of the ordinary the events are. Apart from having a beautiful model enter your school (and the school’s hottest boy dating the wallflower, I suppose) there’s nothing in this story you wouldn’t find in an ordinary high school. That the show manages to succeed without a lot of gimmicks is refreshing; in fact, the great novelty of the show is that it has little novelty at all. Take a look at episode 7. Yamato gets invited to more photoshoots and Mei reluctantly gives her consent. Then Megumi asks him to come over after a shoot and we all go “Aha!” But all she does his feed him leftover curry. If she’s gunning for him she’s certainly taking it slowly. In the meantime we see that aspirations toward Yamato or not, Megumi’s actually lonely and wants to do more than go home to an empty apartment.
Meanwhile Mei is getting more worried, and then hears that Yamato’s been seen leaving Megumi’s house. We get a very good scene between her, Aiko and Asami. First they have to get the clamlike Mei to tell them why she’s crying. Asami pleads and Aiko slaps; I guess friends show concern in different ways. After that we get the tail end of an serious conversation about worrying, jealousy, and self-esteem, which leads to Mei asserting her feelings in a rather more positive way than before, heh. And it was a conversation that I assume could happen in any high school now, with no shoujo gimmicks, well, as long as the students are intelligent enough. Which in an average high school they probably are not… hmm, forget I said anything. Anyway, next week we get some guy from Yamato’s past, a gimmick if I ever saw one.
Busou Shinki 7 is predictable. After some ghost stories Ines finds herself alone with a mystery Shinki who might or might not be dead and/or wanting to kill her. It’s interesting only in that they don’t fully resolve the mystery at the end. Or you can call that a cop out; I don’t mind. The other interesting thing, apart from the usual kinky shinki bits is that for a moment Ines sounds exactly like Miyako. Well, it was interesting to me …