It’s been a while since we last saw the relationship between Jin and Misaki explored. In fact, my last impression of things between them wasn’t all to pleasant. This goes back to the time when Sorata felt inferior to Mashiro. Well, he probably still does, but at least he’s gotten over it now. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Jin. Or so I thought? Back when Jin and Sorata were having that chat, he cited feeling inferior to Misaki as his reason for not wanting to get together with her. However, this episode we are introduced to Fuuka, Misaki’s older sister. While Jin had a stint with her back in the day, Fuuka is no fool and realized that he’s just using her as a replacement for Misaki. Why, then, does he just not go out with Misaki? Fuuka claims that Jin’s real reason for avoiding Misaki is that he doesn’t want to hurt her. She goes on to say that he just wants to keep Misaki “pure” forever by his side. Now that’s just confusing. Is he afraid his playboy attitude will somehow “taint” her? If you ask me, the way he’s kept Misaki hanging has actually caused her to act more “sleazy” in an attempt to catch his attention instead. Whatever the case, this is an unbelievably stupid reason. It just makes no sense whatsoever.
So is Jin avoiding Misaki simply because of some desire to keep her “pure”, or is he avoiding her because he feels unworthy or possibly even jealous of her? I honestly can’t tell, but both possibilities are just as annoyingly stupid. I’ve voiced how utterly nonsensical the “purity” reason is above, and the show has already gone through the whole inferiority complex thing with Mashiro and Sorata. We’re literally stuck between a rock and a hard place. It’s either something unbearably idiotic, or beating the dead horse. It’s entirely possible that Jin was just sympathizing with Sorata when he told him that he also felt resentment for the girl he likes, but that feels like a bit of a cop-out. In any case, we just have to hope that Jin wises up and finally goes out with Misaki. He’s a smart guy, and I’m certain that he realizes they each want the same thing as much as the other does. Well, maybe he’s not as smart as I give him credit for since he still hasn’t figured out that the best course of action is to grow some balls and just get together.
Moving on from the annoying Jin-Misaki relationship, the threat of Mashiro leaving continues to loom over the horizon. Actually it’s not a very substantial threat because almost anyone can tell you that Mashiro isn’t going back to England. At least, not in the sense of permanent separation with Sorata. As much as Rita and Mashiro’s father scheme, it is almost guaranteed that Sorata will stay firmly by her side. He’s always pulled through for her, and I don’t think he’s about to let her slip through his fingers at this point. The two are so obviously in love with each other that I might even hazard that Sorata will bust out a confession next time during the “passion shouting” Nyaboron sequence he himself proposed. It seems to be the reason he even proposed it in the first place, if you ask me. And there’s really no better time than now to properly make his feelings known to her.
Next time, the Sakurasou gang finally show off the fruits of their labor.
While Fuuka’s appearance added some much-needed development on the relationship between Jin and Misaki, things didn’t really improve much. In fact, I would say that they’ve gotten even more confusing and aggravating. Why does Jin have to be such a dumbass? He’s literally got no legitimate reason whatsoever to keep Misaki away, and it’s so obviously hurting both of them. Also, Fuuka’s appearance itself came out of the blue, but I guess it was all for the sake of development.
Finally, it’s sad that poor Nanami continues to get shoved to the side. I understand that Mashiro and Sorata are supposed to be the “official” couple and thus their chances of ending up together are astronomically higher. But seeing Nanami try so hard and not get noticed is a little disheartening. This isn’t something that seriously ruins the show though, so all I can do is cheer for her on the sidelines until she inevitably recognizes Mashiro is the one for Sorata.