Hard to believe that there’s only 2 weeks left for the season! Once again, I’m going to keep this post brief and only discuss my thoughts on two series. Part of it was me being preoccupied so I’ve forgotten about what I wanted to say for the other series. Either way, here’s my thoughts on Re:Hamatora Episode 10, and Ao Haru Ride Episode 10.
Re: Hamatora Episode 10
Once again, I’m at a loss for words at how ridiculous this episode was. I probably wouldn’t have thought too much about it, if it weren’t for how silly the previous one was. A lot of it didn’t make sense to me. Hajime willingly just leaves, going to the enemy and putting everyone at Hamatora at risk. Saikyou also somehow managed to kidnap some of the Hamatora members and that didn’t cause for any concern within the cast. Just last episode, everyone was playing around, but then suddenly they vanish and have bombs strapped around them.
Saikyou’s character was also a bit disappointing. It seems like her only motivation for all of this, is that she’s bored and has the power to do it. I get the whole money is power/control but I was hoping there would be more of a story behind her. She somehow manages to get Nice and Ratio to enter a death match with each other out of nowhere. These guys had been friends for a while, yet they’re willing to toss everything aside within an instant because she tells them to.
I guess the one point of the episode that I enjoyed was Art’s secret agenda. Even Saikyou and the Freemums don’t know what his goals are, and he is not completely on the same page as them. Perhaps he’ll be the one to actually save everyone at the end of the day. My only concern is that most of this mess was caused by him, so whatever he’s fighting for better be more than that, otherwise he stirred up trouble for the sake of causing trouble!
Ao Haru Ride Episode 10
As predicted, nothing really happened between Kou and Yuuri. I’m not a fan of senseless drama, but I must say, I enjoyed how the characters reacted to this situation. Futaba began to evaluate herself. Up until now, she’s been a bit of a nuisance to Kou. Following him around everywhere, being indecisive (the train incident), and is overall causing him a lot of unneeded hassle. She’s finally started to consider how Kou feels about all of this, maybe it’s not right for her to be so forceful, hoping for him to make a move.
Yuuri’s character was also pretty realistic. She was blushing after the misunderstanding since she felt special to Kou. She shared a secret that he hasn’t told anyone yet, and thus made her feel better. You could tell there’s chemistry between Futaba and Kou, and it has to suck watching from the sidelines as the guy you like is flirting with your friend. Even if she had some ill intentions, I don’t blame her for it since it’s only natural that there’d be some jealousy between the two.
Kou has also shown a bit of emotion after these events. He acts like a tough guy who doesn’t care about anything, but it all seems like a facade. He forced himself to be like this after what happened to his mother. Emotions are commonly associated with being weak/unmasculine (which isn’t necessarily true) so I can see why he felt like he had to change after his mother’s death. Deep down though, Kou seems like a normal high school guy. He didn’t want to show his emotions in front of others, but he’s still the same guy.