You have no idea how much I missed the dream sequences. It’s almost unhealthy how much I love these scenes.
I’ve been waiting for this episode! It’s one of the story arcs that I really hoped the anime would cover and lo and behold, I got my wish. Not something that happens a whole lot, so I’m savoring it for what it’s worth.
It wasn’t how I expected the story to go, though. This episode was a pretty literal panel-by-panel translation from manga to anime, and yet it seemed wholly different from what I thought it might be in a good way. While it wasn’t what I expected, the different interpretation of how the action progresses from panel to panel was enough to make the content seem new enough to genuinely enjoy. It strikes me again how honest these two can be with each other while still not telling the whole truth. Well, I think it would be much more accurate to say that Tsubaki is the brutally honest one while Urabe is the one who keeps things back. And this dynamic doesn’t really change through the course of the anime or manga. It’s comfortably predictable, which I find to be very endearing. So in a nutshell, it was a very cute, very fun episode and didn’t let me down in the slightest.
The side characters were really something in this one. I don’t think Oka’s sudden interest in Urabe’s hobby makes an appearance at all in the manga. Or at least if it was in there, I don’t remember reading about it; Oka doesn’t usually get a whole lot of screen time. Either way, it was a nice perk to have her practicing her scissor technique (context is everything, you guys). Suwano comes up again I think, though probably not in the last episode. I’m almost positive she’s in the current manga story arc but it’s been so long since the last update, I can’t be sure. I don’t want to go back and reread it either, even though there’s no real threat of spoiling myself anymore.
Nazo no Kanojo X is going to be wrapping up with what I think will be a look back at Tsubaki’s older sister Youko’s high school days. Another story I’ve been hoping for! The anime might not end with a bang, but it’s making me happy and that’s all I care about.
GO Rating: 4/5