Yeah Kasuga’s love life is doomed.
So Nakamura dumps a bucket of water on his head in the middle of the touching scene. Brilliant. To me, this is a bit of a turning point in unveiling Nakamura’s character. Before this, she was more of a supernatural force of destruction than a person: her evil schemes were unstoppable, her desires were unspeakably evil, and there was no rhyme or reason to them.
But now she just runs out in the open and dumps a bucket of water on Kasuga, right in front of Saeki. Her armor has developed a chink. Now she just seems like a silly, jealous teenager.
Of course, our main male isn’t going to interpret it that way, because he’s also a silly teenager. The reason our main character is so susceptible to Nakamura’s abuse is because he actually cares what she thinks. If he just burned the stupid gym clothes no one would ever believe her, they all hate her guts.
If Nakamura said the above to me now, I’d just reply “Yeah? I thought I was too, until I met you. Fuck off.” If she said it to me in high school though, I’d have been horrified and tried to deny it like the main character does. One of the most valuable life lessons I’ve learned is that you don’t always have to give a crap.
This whole situation reminds me of the cruelest, most horrible thing anyone has ever said to me. It happened when I was fourth grade. I was kicking a ball back and forth with my friend at recess. I kicked it over his head and it landed in a circle of girls who were sitting and chatting about whatever fourth grade girls chat about. Afterwards one of them accused me of flirting with her, the most terrible crime an elementary student can ever commit. Actively seeking to become infected with cooties. I was horrified, and emotionally scarred for the rest of my life.
Really? I couldn’t tell. No, seriously, I couldn’t.
I’m sure this is obvious to everyone at this point but Saeki is also just a stupid teenager. God teenagers are stupid. Why didn’t I realize this ten years ago?