Hikki has been tricked by Hiratsuka-sensei once again. Can our awesome loner handle supervising 6th-graders?
RECAP: It’s Summer break and all Hikki wants to do is sit at home and play video games. Unfortunately, he is tricked into a Public Service club volunteer event: chaperoning a 6th-grade orienteering camping trip. However they find, like problems in high-school, things in elementary school work out the same way when the group takes notice of a young girl who has been pushed into alienation from the rest of the kids. With the help of the riajuu group as well, the high-schoolers try to figure out a way to save this girl who has unwillingly become a loner.
I swear, every time Hiratsuka-sensei is relevant this show gets better. The hardships of a “Christmas Cake” is subtly never-ending. In small doses over time, we have been able to slowly understand her character better. While this episode mostly shines on our Public Service club members seeing a little bit of themselves in the kids, you could also maybe say that that is sort of what Sensei is also doing for her students.
It would seem that out of all the high-school “advisors,” only Hikki and Yukino feel like they truly understand what Rumi is going through. I guess you could call our guys “wiser,” but is being a loner really all its cracked up to be like Hikki says? Considering this situation that Rumi-chan is in is not her own fault, it kind of sucks when you think about it. So when I mentioned that all the high schoolers can relate to the kids, this is also a related fact: everyone has had those moments where they couldn’t get along with others. Sure, I bet you readers may feel like you have never felt this way, but don’t tell me you’ve never been in a room full of strangers and had that awkward thought of not knowing how or where to start. After all, friendships and cliques can last many years during the school years.
This scene with Hikki and Yukino shows that they are surprisingly becoming closer. Well, we already got a bit of that last time with the “buying Yui’s birthday gift” event. But this is different. While they are still slightly verbally abusing each other, they are opening up to each other. Hell, Yukino even bothers to even speak Hikki’s name, instead of referring to him as a stranger. She not only tells a little about herself, but she has become a bit softer in her demeanor towards Hikki. And I think Hikki has also come to unknowingly do the same.
I wouldn’t be able to sleep either, Hikki.