Anime Review: Sukitte Iinayo. – 2
Can’t stop thinking about them! Of what? Do find out.
Lips or boobs, you can’t go wrong with either one. While the latter is more of a complex for Asami, the former went much further with the irrelevant comparison that just made me crack up. I’ve heard of kisses tasting like lemons but Mei managed to taste chicken in the midst of all of her confusion. I understand that Yamato had something to eat beforehand but now it just sounds like she was inhaling his breath. It’s good to see that she has a strange sense of humor though, because I can live with that over bitches and assholes having their way. I’m also relieved that Yamato isn’t that much of a dick and downplays most of the rumors about him. It’s tough being popular, ain’t it?
So why the language? Well, there is a distinct difference between genuine people and teenage wannabes, and shoujo anime are pretty good at labeling them as that for dramatic effects. (Okay, not for any additional drama because it’s kinda like that in real life anyway.) Reality is, bullying in some shape or form exists and Asami getting the bulk of that because of her large breasts and a misconception that she’s a slut because of how easy she looks is as real as it gets.
However, there is a silver lining in all this. Nakanishi Kenji (Shimazaki Nobunaga) has established that he likes everything about Asami, including her breasts. After the awkward heroics that epic failed, and after an unexpected push from Mei, he managed to fess up his feelings and tell Asami how special she is — as a person. I think this part was quite neat, even if it was easy to spot from the other side of the world. For one, I’m glad this didn’t drag out or else I was gonna have a fit similar to the one I had with Chizuru and Ryuu in the second season of Kimi ni Todoke. But on to the main point…
Gosh, I was gonna leave it at, “Oh, they’re two for two, one in each of the first two episodes,” and not really make a big fuss about it. But damn! The kissing never ended and it somehow weirded me out until Mei decided to go with a chicken reference, and everything seemed better in retrospect. I get it now: Yamato really likes Mei and Mei likes him back in the most roundabout manner. It’s cute, it’s charming, it’s young romance — nothing’s supposed to make real sense once you’re on cloud nine. I didn’t expect so many kisses but I don’t think I’m in any real position to criticize it considering that other anime like, oh I don’t know, Campione! had a funny reason to incorporate kissing and chicken-tasting to keep the plot something close to interesting. (I was gonna say Negima but it doesn’t get overblown… ah, who am I kidding?)
Sukitte Iinayo is really pushing a lot of buttons I haven’t seen in a while, and I’m not sure if it’s just a shoujo style or not. It’s not that I’m taken aback by early mentions of kissing and sex because that’s the normal thing to talk about in the girls’ bathroom — ah, so that’s why you always go in pairs! Honestly, I’m kind of enjoying this. It’s not that different but it is, and I can’t wait to see more of Mei’s blushing. It’s endearing for some reason.
GO Rating: 3.5/5