Every girl in the Literature club has had an episode devoted to them, so now it’s Hatoko’s turn. It looks like she’s been friends with Andou the longest, which is weird since I thought Tomoyo would be the one who knew him the longest. To me, it seems like Hatoko just met Andou and that they don’t really talk much.
Two episodes ago, she caught Tomoyo and Andou together in casual clothing. She’s also noticed how the two of them get along so well, while her relationship with Andou comes off as awkward. In animes, usually childhood friends have more of an impact on the MC’s life, but it feels like she’s just there when it comes to Andou. Even before, they were going to go home together, but he said that he’d be right back after doing something. She says that she’ll wait, since he won’t take that long to do what he needed to do. Only he never did show up and actually seemed to forget that she was waiting for him. I like Andou, but I remember feeling really bad for Hatoko in that scene.
Instead of addressing these issues right away, the episode following this was the one last week which was all about Sayumi. Anyways, episode eight is about Hatoko and she definitely makes her presence felt.
Hatoko is obviously feeling jealous, but masks this by smiling and acting like her normal cheerful self. She’s still hurt though, especially since Andou treats her differently when you compare it with the other girls. He’s caring and understanding with them, but not so much with Hatoko. Whenever she asks him what he’s up to, he always replies with “You wouldn’t understand.” She doesn’t let it show that this bothers her, even when he says it in such a dismissive way.
I thought she’d keep it in and continue ignoring her hurt feelings, but while she’s making a stew for Andou and his sister, she snaps for almost three minutes. Kudos to the voice actress, because that scene was golden! All Hatoko wants is to understand what he’s saying, but can’t because he’s never willing to try with her. She rants and rants and cries and cries, then leaves him standing there bewildered and dumbfounded.
The outburst was really something else. Like Andou, I was kind of watching it with a shocked look on my face because I didn’t expect her to go on the attack so soon. We know that Andou doesn’t fully appreciate her because they’ve been together for so long, but we only learned about their relationship in this episode. That’s ten minutes of flashbacks and present time stuff before she starts giving him a piece of her mind.
In a way, I’m glad that they didn’t allow her feelings stew away and come out when she’s with everyone, but at the same time I wish we got more than 10 minutes of back story to explain why she’s so hurt. I get where she’s coming from though and definitely understood her viewpoint, but everything happened so quickly. I guess it did kind of work too, because it made the viewers just as shocked as Andou by the turn of events. He didn’t expect Hatoko to behave in that way and we, the viewers, didn’t think she would snap so soon into the episode.
After she storms off, Andou runs after her but can’t seem to find her anywhere. He comes across Sagami who tells him the direction Hatoko went. He also lets us in on Andou and Hatoko’s relationship by telling Andou that it was always uncomfortable watching the two of them together. When you think of it, Andou and Hatoko have nothing in common and they don’t seem like they’d be friend, but since they are it’s thanks to Hatoko for trying so hard. Sadly, it’s due to this that she’s been suffering with so much stress over their relationship.
Andou never realized this though, but he’s still panicking because she’s not by his side. You never appreciate the things you have until they’re gone and Andou is hit with this 10 folds. He calls the other girls for help, but he’s still feels blue when they arrive. Instead of thinking about Hatoko and how to find her, he goes into a pity party of one and wonders if Hatoko has been forcing herself to be friends with him and if he’s been bothering her all this time.
Tomoyo slaps him for acting depressed and tells him that Hatoko was happy to be his friend. Her smile was always genuine. He gets pumped up again and off they go to search for her, but this time they’ll be using their powers. Sayumi mentions that her power will be the most helpful and it’s time for her to go to stage two.
Meanwhile, Hatoko ends up running into Tomoyo’s brother, Hajime, who ends up giving her some really good advice about her situation. And it also looks like he has some powers. Not sure what he did to Hatoko, but I’m happy since this means we’ll be seeing some actual powers in the next episode.
I think this is the best episode of the series thus far, even though the animation really took a nose dive here. Andou has been my favourite chuuni, but he’s a bit too perfect so it was nice to see him as a flawed human like the rest of us. When it came to that fight, both sides were understandable. Hatoko just wants Andou to try with her and explain things. While Andou wants Hatoko to like what he likes, but doesn’t want to bother her with all of the minor details. They still care for each other, but they needed the fight in order to grow as characters.
And what better way to do that then by making up in the greatest chuuni way possible? Looks like Andou is going to try to save Hatoko and use his powers…maybe?