What’s happened since last time? Sakuta agreed to pretend to date Tomoe, a first-year student to help her with her status issues. She’s so focused on trying to keep up impressions that she changed everything about herself before joining the school. Mai reluctantly agrees to let him do it as she can see he’s just trying to help her.
With the Tomoe arc brought to a thoroughly satisfying conclusion, we are thrown straight into another two mysteries. The first revolves around Sakuta’s first crush who has no recollection of him and is now younger. Then we have Futaba having an issue with a doppelganger, which was resolved within this collection of episodes.
Have your feelings changed? I loved this series from the first impressions and absolutely nothing has changed. If anything, I’d say that I like it even more than I did then. The dialogue is fantastic, the characters are interesting and realistic.
There is one thing I’d like to say about the series. I’ve read a couple of opinions about the story suffering because Sakuta doesn’t have flaws or show growth as a character, but these reviewers are obviously not aware of Sherlock Holmes or Doctor Who.
To assume that the central character needs growth is to put every story in a cookie cutter template. You can have a protagonist who helps others grow and overcome their flaws. This doesn’t mean that they are in anyway perfect, but I do think Sakuta is a very interesting character and I wish I had his approach to life when I was that age.
Favourite character so far? Yeah, it’s still Sakuta. He has some great lines, they all do, but his are just a little bit edgier. That said, Mai is so close to taking over that I’d quite happily say their both my favourites. It’s going to be interesting to see how their relationship grows over the rest of the season.
Who do you want to see more of? I said that I wanted to see more of Futaba and was rewarded with her doppelganger which was a short and sweet addition to the series. Sure, it’s not as good as the opening Mai arc or even the Tomoe arc, but it was still very entertaining. Now, I just want to see more of Sakuta and find out what happened to him to get the scars.
Are you going to continue watching? Without a doubt. This has been the surprise of the season and is easily my favourite so far. Admittedly, I’ve not given any of the other seasons their second chance yet, but they’re coming. I’m enjoying this one so much, I’m almost tempted to watch the remaining four episodes weekly… almost…