Highway was telling me that Sakurasou could just end with this episode, and now that I’ve seen it, I must say I agree. This episode wrapped things up between Mashiro and Sorata so nicely (and sweetly) that I honestly couldn’t ask for much more. But of course, the show isn’t actually over, and we’ve only barely scratched the surface of the full 24 planned episodes. And while this episode was extremely satisfying regarding Mashiro and Sorata, there are still some things left unresolved. For one, Nanami has pretty much been constantly snubbed. The poor girl always seems to end up serving as the butt of the jokes, and despite her best efforts, Sorata remains oblivious to her feelings. If the show were to end here, I’d feel very sorry for her, but luckily there are still 20 episodes for her to accomplish something. And as if on cue, it looks like the next episode will in fact feature her becoming part of Sakurasou. I guess if you can’t beat them, join them. I’m cheering you on, Nanami!
And of course, there’s still the matter of Jin and Misaki. In the comments for the previous episode, Sakuya pointed out that the main problem is that Jin thinks he isn’t good enough for her. This seems to sum things up fairly well, and I’d like to take a moment to touch on one of the themes presented so far. This episode, we got to see a brief exchange between Jin and Sorata that made their feelings very apparent. Both guys are “interested” in a girl who is so talented she’s almost literally in a world of her own. Sorata’s reaction to this so far has been to just run away, but it seems Jin on the other hand has made an effort to catch up. Normally, this might suggest that Jin is somehow “superior” to Sorata, but his attitude doesn’t sit right with me. I can understand wanting to be on the same level as the girl you like, but Jin also openly expresses a desire to bring her down to his level instead. Sure, Misaki might be so talented that you would never reach her level through pure effort, but wanting her to fail is just not right.
And to begin with, is it really necessary to be on par with the person you like? I personally wouldn’t think that it’d matter much. It’s not as if we’re still living in a world where social status has that big of an effect. At the very least, it doesn’t appear to me that Jin’s and Misaki’s statuses differ too greatly. Jin just needs to suck it up, get over his inferiority complex, and give her what she wants. I can’t believe he doesn’t see how what he’s doing is only hurting both of them. Or perhaps he does see it, and doesn’t care. I sincerely hope it’s the former though. Does this mean that Sorata shouldn’t be attempting to be on par with Mashiro? Well, the main problem with Sorata lies elsewhere. That is, he just doesn’t know what to do with his life. So if it takes meeting Mashiro to find his calling and determination, so be it. Better this than him lazing around aimlessly for the rest of the show.
As mentioned, it looks like Nanami will be moving into Sakurasou next time in her quest to catch Sorata’s attention. I’m betting she adopts one of his cats to get in.
The Ugly section has probably been literally empty for a while now, as well. But the same applies here. Let’s not hope for more stuff in this section. And it’s not as if I’m turning a blind eye either. I honestly can’t find any negative things to say.