Episode 10 – My Clueless First Friend


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Recovery could make us all do bizarre issues. When my mom was recovering from her mind harm, she developed a brief vendetta in opposition to chipmunks (“It’s unsettling how a lot they’ll stuff of their cheeks”). Nishimura having the ability to ask Takada to stick with her whereas she’s within the throes of a excessive fever as a result of she’s lonely possibly is not as unusual, nevertheless it’s each bit as a lot out of character for her – she’s discovered to not admit to her feelings in entrance of others, so making that request and admission in entrance of not solely Takada but in addition Adachi and Hino is big. It’s a uncommon second of vulnerability for her, and even when it was made whereas she was burning with fever, it is vital as a result of it reveals her rising consolation with and dependence on her finest good friend.

Being in a position to admit to one thing is within the air on this episode for Kasahara, too. Her restoration from being a imply woman is continuous, and I actually like that it isn’t a case of immediate reformation for her. She realized in episode 9 that she was behaving badly and hurting herself along with her phrases and actions, and that is nonetheless true right here. When she hears two of her associates making enjoyable of Nishimura’s white coat, she hangs her head and retains to herself, not becoming a member of in on the cruelty. She’s not prepared to inform them off but – her murmured remark about how she thinks they’re the lame ones, not Nishimura, is not stated loudly sufficient for them to listen to. But that she thinks it and goes the additional step of claiming it out loud signifies that she’s starting to gear up for actual change. Every time Nishimura is sweet to her or compliments her, Kasahara visibly struggles along with her emotions. She’s been imply and behaved badly for lengthy sufficient that the understanding of what she was doing is one thing she will be able to’t simply brush apart. It should not be, truthfully; having been in Nishimura’s place, I can inform you that phrases and actions like Kasahara’s trigger an harm that by no means goes away, though it typically does fade. But an important factor right here is that Kasahara is gearing up for change. Even if we do not see it, realizing she’s began that journey is essential.

That goes double since Kitamura would not appear to be wherever close to determining that he is being a bully and a jerk. He’s additionally Takada’s unwitting wingman so much, giving him alternatives to show the merciless phrases round and lavish Nishimura with reward, however that solely partially helps. It has, nonetheless, grow to be obvious that Takada is aware of what Kitamura and his cronies are doing to Nishimura. When he walks in on his sister saying that she simply can not help teasing Nishimura, he freaks out, elevating his voice and telling Yukiko that she’s not allowed to be imply to his good friend. The real concern and agitation in his voice and physique language point out that he is conscious that folks aren’t good to Nishimura, and whereas he clearly believes in her inherent awesomeness, he is additionally maybe actively turning their phrases round to assist her. Does this all hint again to the second he broke down in tears after studying her mom died? Maybe. But what’s extra vital is that he isn’t as clueless as he was at first (or not less than appeared at first), exhibiting that he, like Kasahara and Nishimura, is rising extra conscious.

Although that is one other piecemeal episode, with a lot of brief, tangentially associated segments, it nonetheless manages to stay not simply the touchdown, however all of the little moments main as much as it. Nishimura’s nervous pleasure about having associates over, her dad’s quiet assist, two lovable scenes of Nishimura and Takada holding palms (one following the very best eyepatch scene ever), and even Hino’s bizarre tank prime dream all come collectively to indicate us why My Clueless First Friend is a present that not solely understands its material, it loves its characters, too.


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