Stupid girls. Always trying to get in the way of friendship.
An Odd Ordering Choice
I found the decision to place this episode after the previous one odd. In episode three, Kaoru made his confession. Ritsuko never technically responded, but he already knew what she was going to say. So why wasn’t he embarrassed to see her throughout all of episode four, but he’s humiliated now?
It seems to me like it would have made more sense to swap the order of episodes four and five. It was a long time between Kaoru’s confession and Ritsuko’s response. It had seemed like they’d almost even forgot about it. But at the start of this episode, Ritsuko starts hiding from Kaoru for no apparent reason. It just seems like this awkwardness should have happened immediately after the confession if it was going to happen at all. What does everyone else think about this?
Time Flies Like an Arrow
Once again, this show doesn’t give a very good sense of the passage of time. One minute, Ritsuko replies to Kaoru’s confession. The next we’ve already passed winter vacation and Kaoru hasn’t been to her house at all. The only thing to tell us about the passage of time is Kaoru’s words, so it doesn’t really sink in. Although I hate to say this, it might have helped to have a few scenes of Kaoru sitting around at home looking miserable.
The creators do know how to show emotions like this: the scene of Kaoru eating Ritsuko’s rice ball, alone on the train at night, was beautiful. But the portrayal of time and the ordering of events is confusing.