Spring storm 「二律背反」
Kyouya made Erika cry yet again. But this episode introduces an even bigger jerk in the form of new classmate Kamiya Nozomi which hopefully means we get to see Kyouya stop hiding behind that sarcasm defensive mechanism he has and start externalising his genuine affections for Erika more in time to come!
Our Winter 2014 flavour of the season Matsuoka Yoshitsugu joins the cast (including Autumn 2014’s flavour) as truly tacky Kamiya Nozomi, the group’s new classmate as they begin second year. I don’t recall him being so tacky and unlikeable in the manga though it might be because later developments turned him into a nicer guy. He’s the true playboy in school, totally unlike Prince Sata even though he insists they’re both the same types. Just because you’re hot you get your pick of girls?! Maybe in high school but honestly, I do hope such thinking is outdated Nozomi-kun… I liked how Erika chided him multiple times over how he shouldn’t recklessly lead girls on with false hopes. It made Erika seem more grounded than her thus far persona of being the love-crazed girlfriend. I just hope Nozomi doesn’t put wrong ideas in Erika about how good-looking types like him and Kyouya treat women the same…
Erika probably thinks she loves Kyouya way more than he does. I’m quite sure viewers do too. Gender stereotypes abound that guys should be the one taking the lead and protecting, loving the gals more and not the other way around. But with super-tsun Kyouya and his warped personality (with massive doses of teenage rebellion IMO), Erika’s doing all the initiating and outward loving. That’s not to say Kyouya doesn’t care about her. We’ve come thus far to establish that he does, he just doesn’t show it in a way most people typically do. He’s actually happy to see Erika happy (San-chan must’ve noticed too) and actually sweat-dropped when he made Erika mad (how cute >.<). So while the couple had their first real fight over a boat ride while out viewing sakura, it was awesome to see the petulant boy become a man who stands up for his girlfriend when Nozomi implied that the only reason Kyouya was with Erika was because she must be great in bed. =_= seriously Nozomi? Sigh, we now have another warped “hot guy” in this group.
Kyouya’s not a social animal. He hates crowds and baka-couples who seem to just be putting on a show for everyone else but themselves (Christmas is around the corner so brace yourselves…). And I agree with the guy. It really is silly to do EVERYTHING together as a couple and in public no less. Just because it’s what couples do Erika, doesn’t mean it’s something you and Kyouya have to do too. So if his comfort zone means no hand holding, no kissing and no boat rides then girl, you signed up for it and ought to know better. To be fair though, Kyouya can give in occasionally right? Melt that ice cold facade already! Erika’s trying so hard! It’s nice to see the couple walk away after their fight and reflect on themselves a little to quickly make-up in the end. I wouldn’t be able to sit out that boat ride alone Erika. But most of all Kyouya, you’ve brought tsundere to a new high for anime guys with that takoyaki scene~