White Day 「落花流水」
You know a good shoujo when its characters and plot irritates you, in a good way. Boy did this episode irritate the hell outta me.
I’m irritated at how easily Kyouya and Erika called it quits just like that. I mean, this was right after they spent Christmas together and Kyouya had given Erika her very own “dog-collar”. It’s obvious they’re not just for show anymore isn’t it? It’s true that Erika overheard Kusakabe’s confession/confrontation with Kyouya and took their entire relationship to mean nothing than a way of passing time for Kyouya but hey, if you really believe in something, wouldn’t you ask and confront him about it? Why did you just give up so easily Erika, especially after all that you’ve done to chase after the guy?
I’m irritated at how nice Kusakabe is and how nice guys like him just get used and eventually friend-zoned. Admittedly Kusakabe knew what he was getting into but still, it’s not nice how he cheered Erika up even as she was getting distracted over Kyouya. He brought her out for fun, genuine fun that couples do. He frickin’ planned the entire white day (14th March) itinerary and was so nice to her just as how a boyfriend ought to be nice and show care for a girlfriend. This is what relationships should be like Erika and Kusakabe gave you just that! Best supporting friend San-chan again gave her words of wisdom yet again – that Erika shouldn’t just lead Kusakabe on since she herself would know what that anticipation and hope feels like. So Erika does the right thing by breaking it to Kusakabe as gently as one can at the end of a wonderful date – by admitting that deep down somewhere within her she still loves Kyouya, that even as she wants to fall for Kusakabe, she can’t.
I’m irritated at how Kyouya just won’t admit he does LIKE Erika and that the two of them are in LOVE. Darn you tsundere Black Prince! “Do you like him?” That’s the best you can say after the break-up? Just drop the high and mighty act, scrap that whole nobody-truly-cares-for-you chip on the shoulder and grab your girl back already! The other best supporting friend Takeru has to call you to tell you that you should be out there getting your girl back?! Aargh! Thankfully Takeru’s there to shout some sense back into Kyouya for he does go out there and literally grabs what’s rightfully his back (I do find it very manly that he claims ownership over her even though part of me hates the idea that girls are things that just belong to other people. Sigh, the internal struggles~~). I was as surprised as Erika was when Kyouya suddenly gave her that kiss! *Blush blush* Did you miss her that much Kyouya? Are you repenting and making up for the way you treated her before? Do you now realise how important your poochie is to you? How is it that even then, you manage to make Erika cry again this episode?!
Most of all, I’m irritated at myself for still liking you Kyouya (Sakurai Takahiro), even at the way you mistreat Erika in your disguised warped version of affection. I’m irritated at myself in the same way that Erika is for still falling madly for you! Aargh! Such is love! Such is shoujo anime!