Sukitte Ii na yo 9 brings one story arc in for a soft landing and immediately revs the engines for the next one. Since the big crises mostly happened last episode there’s not much to the first half. We start right off with Yamato telling Megumi he’s giving up modeling. I could argue that maybe he should just give up modeling with Megumi, since that’s what’s causing the problems, but I suppose you can’t choose who you model with. Well, it’s a nice gesture leading to a loss of income but he’s happy with his decision. Megumi isn’t and we get some moments of her looking at him from a distance and wondering what went wrong. But that’s the extent of it. I don’t think Megumi has it in her to be conniving and evil. And as the episode goes on we see her train of admirers go down to just one, a nondescript girl I’m sure we’ll learn more of later. As for our lovebirds it’s all nice thoughts and near shenanigans at her place. It’s good to be reminded that this is a high school comedy where sex is a definite possibility.
Since everyone’s more or less content midway through it’s time to push the next arc forward with Kai the haircut guy. An interesting situation. He’s the guy who was bullied who Yamato couldn’t help. Now he’s bulked up and ready to take revenge on the bullies. Mei takes a more sensible view toward it but this is the sort of stuff you can’t get rid of with just words. Besides, the guy’s been training a year. It takes an encounter with a former bullier who doesn’t remember him to get him to think about how useless this was. I’m not so sure. It’s not just revenge but justice here. A person who hurt other people should not get away with it. It’s a good topic for discussion but this anime isn’t the place to have it. Kai is so impressed with Mei’s words that out of the blue he decides he LIKES her, and tells Yamato so.This feels terribly contrived but Kai might have an interesting motivation. Is this in a way another attempt at revenge for the past, an attempt to hurt a guy who didn’t bully him but couldn’t help him, either? Maybe unconsciously? I doubt much will come of it. Yamato’s got to really fuck up if he’s going to turn Mei against him. I don’t see that happening.
Space Brothers is the cruelest anime running. I KNEW they would dally before Mutta gets his phone call saying if he’s in or not. Using Kenji’s personal story to do it was to be expected. So we get scenes where he meets his wife, his secure but dull day job, and in case you missed it, TWO scenes of him getting up and getting ready for work (one before applying, one after), which are exactly the same except he now gets up earlier. And it’s sandwiched between him picking up the phone and actually getting the result, followed by an excruciating minute of silence after he puts down the phone. After the announcement the episode is over, and they never did get to Mutta! Maybe if Kenji wasn’t nice but boring I wouldn’t mind so much. And it looks like next week they’ll do the same thing with Serika! Will they do the same for all the applicants, Mutta last? Is this Space Brothers’ Endless Eight?
In Little Busters 9 they save the cafeteria. Prior to the crisis Rin finds another note delivered via catmail telling them to do just that. So when all the lunch ladies fall ill on the same day the Busters run in to cook dinner and save the day, while Riki has a lot of internal lines saying “how did they know?” What came to me immediately was, you know, contagion, a virus loose in the kitchens, call in the health department, you know, things like that. This doesn’t occur to Riki or any of the others, in fact, apart from one lunch lady there before it all happened, we don’t see an adult for the entire episode. Well, no one died eating their dishes, so I guess it’s just sloppy thinking on the creators’ part. Most of the episode was so dull Riki had another narcolepsy attack near the end. But early on we get four girls doing the “rich girl” laugh in unison, which has to be a record.