Wow. This was a really good episode. You thought Sakurasou was all rom-com? Well you’re wrong. We’ve previously seen Sorata pondering his purpose in life, but I never expected it to be front and center so quickly. So what does Sakurasou teach us? Even slightly “addled” people can have a clearer vision of their own lives than “normal” people? Or perhaps, it’s that knowing what to do with your life has nothing to do with how society perceives you? Sorata has gotten through his life all along by being normal. Well, aside from the whole cat incident. And look where it got him? No where. Except, of course, the problem isn’t how he conducts his lifestyle. Rather, it’s his complacency. In other words, he talks the talk, but doesn’t walk the walk. And as a result, even the “odd” folk like Mashiro and Misaki seem to get ahead of him in life.
But of course, the solution to this is simple, and it seems that Sorata has finally learned what he needs to do to find a direction in life. He just needs to get up off his ass and do something. No one else can decide this for him, and sitting around will only get him nowhere. This all seems simple enough on paper, but when you think about it, it isn’t as easy as it sounds. Sure, some people may be dead-set on what they want to do when they grow up, even as kids, but there are many others who don’t find their “calling” until much later. And for this latter group, the only way to accomplish this goal is to just try things out. You won’t know if the shoe fits until you try it. And there are a lot of shoes out there. Ok, terrible analogy aside, it’s nice to see Sorata determined to finally move out of Sakurasou and do something with his life, but obviously things aren’t going to go that way. The story revolves around his interactions with the eccentric residents of Sakurasou, so I’m sure he’ll end up back there one way or another, if he even makes it out in the first place. At least now he’ll have more self-confidence.
The relationship between Misaki and Jin is also further explored this episode. Unfortunately, it’s starting to look like one of those annoying “misunderstanding” relationships. Misaki’s “open-ness” pushes Jin away. He then proceeds to hang out with other women, causing Misaki to escalate her attempts to catch his attention. It’s just one big vicious cycle that revolves around two people being stupid. Honestly, I really wanted to hit Jin as well when it was revealed that he knew Sorata and Misaki were tailing him and Mashiro. Did he really not realize how it would make Misaki feel? Well, he probably did, but he didn’t even seem to care one bit. Someone really just needs to lock them in a room together and they’ll be getting along much better soon enough, I’ll bet. In any case, I guess their relationship will just progress at an unbearably slow rate. At least they aren’t the “main” couple. That would be really painful to watch.
Next time, we find out if Sorata will actually get away from Sakurasou. Ah, who am I kidding. We all know that’s not going to happen.