A meeting of the pervy minds.
Bad last week was that after the attack on Manabe, Haruka took it upon herself to leave and disappear without a trace. So the good this week is that a week later, the rest of the ESP Research Club is going to make Manabe continue looking for her, even though he gave up after a reasonable amount of effort – checking her stripped bare apartment, asking the teachers at the school, calling her phone. I think Manabe made a good effort, he was just thwarted by a lack of imagination, which Muroto-kun makes up for by hacking into the rail station cameras.
Yes, that’s Kotoura Station.
So the club goes to Haruka’s hometown, where her family is apparently big shots, with the station named after them, and living in a huge mansion with her grandfather… who is a pervert, maybe to a greater degree than Manabe. But the two of them do have common ground, and that might be what makes grandfather receptive to meeting these kids who show up looking for Haruka. And while Haruka runs away when she sees them, they chase her, and she overhears Manabe’s thoughts about how he just wants to be with her, and then scares her off with his thoughts about spanking her, although she gets grabbed by Mifune, and gets a talking to. But even then she won’t come back to school with them. It’s not until Manabe chases her down outside, and then Moritani drives up and apologizes to her that she decides she’ll come back.
A significant bit of controversy this week in the show is about the forgiveness of Moritani. Most people have the opinion that such a willingness to forgive on Haruka’s part is unrealistic, and perhaps even cheap, only done for the sake of moving the plot along, because it calls for them to make up. This is something that is frequently griped about in anime, that protagonists are far too lenient with their forgiveness to people who have wronged them. But I don’t really agree. I acknowledge that time constraints are definitely a thing: Unless it works for the show, having a long-term grudge can be boring and tedious. But on top of that, I think the circumstances here allow the apology to work, at least for Haruka. Note that Manabe isn’t really satisfied with the apology, and doesn’t get his own apology until later in the epilogue part (at the dojo where the guys all apologize, including Moritani).
But a combination of Haruka’s character traits are what I think push her to be so willing to forgive Moritani. First, she is the kind of person who will blame herself for trouble first. This is what she needs to learn to stop doing so much. So if Moritani got angry at her, Haruka’s going to interpret it as her fault. So it’s easy to forgive her from that angle. Another angle is that Haruka can tell that Moritani’s apology is sincere, since she can read her mind and know that she’s not thinking something else. She also saw Moritani’s regret firsthand. And third, Haruka desperately wants to have friends. She may try to wall herself off, but that’s not what she really wants to do. She wants to be social, and have friends that will stick with her. And someone like Moritani, who has seen the best sides of Haruka, is a good candidate for that.
No, she doesn’t need to apologize for setting him on fire.
Another person whose ‘forgiveness’ has been questioned as too fast is Mifune Yuriko. But in her case, she hasn’t really done anything. As far as Haruka knows, Mifune has just allowed her to get hurt telling people’s fortunes. Mifune may have ulterior motives in her friendship with Haruka, and they may come through in the future to hurt her, or other people around her. But that hasn’t happened yet. And who knows, it might not happen, since Muroto seems pretty certain that Mifune doesn’t have it in her to actually exploit Haruka.
Haruka’s lecherous grandfather. Wow, that was skeevy. I don’t know if I fault him that much, cause guys think inappropriate thoughts, but then to compare notes with Manabe? That’s a little much. And pulling the ‘frail old man’ card to get Haruka to sit on his lap? Ehhhh, no thanks.
Screenshots from this week!