Anyone who has siblings knows that you can’t always get along with them all the time, and that holds true even in anime.
For as alike as the twins seem, they could’t be more fundamentally different. Yuki is messy, lazy, and prefers to do things at his own (admittedly slow) pace. Yuta is more proactive, a bit bossy, but ultimately just wants to make sure everything that needs to get done gets done. Unfortunately, this means Yuta is always harping on Yuki to wake up, move faster, get this done, and from personal experience I know that this usually ends in a fight.
After Yuta messes up a couple of Yuki’s manga accidentally when Yuki refuses to help with the cleaning, we see Yuki stalk out of the house and go to hide at Kaname’s. In general, I found myself irritated with how lazy Yuki was in this episode, running off to Kaname as soon as his brother got angry with him for becoming cross when something happened that was ultimately his own fault.
It’s hard to live with someone else all the time, especially when you feel like they don’t always pull their own weight, and it’s even worse for the twins because they’re almost never alone; they share a bedroom, have the same social group at school, and are used to being attached at the hip.
The moral of the story, so to speak, is that you have to decide what’s worth it in the long run. It drives Yuta absolutely up the wall how irresponsible his brother is, but ultimately he knows he can always count on him if things get rough. Yuki is always going to be a bit slow, and no amount of nagging is going to change that, so is it worth sacrificing their relationship as brothers over something that he can’t change in the first place?
This episode was bittersweet, but the ending was happy (as it always is in this anime). The pace felt like a throw-back to the early days of season one where things were kind of lazy with no real plot development, just a focus on the relationship of the characters. I felt like it was a bit dull, but not in general bad. I hope the scope of the next episode broadens out a bit and takes a more light-hearted tone. Our pattern seems to be one heavy-handed episode followed by one light-hearted one, so we’re due for some chuckles next week.
GO Rating: 3/5