What kind of kimodameshi has costumes like these?!
RECAP: Continuing where we left off at the 6th Grade Orienteering trip, a kimodameshi (test of courage) event! As the last night, it is the High-schoolers’ last chance to try and help Rumi-chan out with her problem. Hikki comes up with a plan that ends with a slight bump, but may have garnered sufficient results.
“Question: The world will not change, but you can change yourself. So then, how will you change? Answer: You become the god of a new world.”
Hikki, you say some really neat stuff sometimes. I love how his twisted way of thinking, although negative, feels so straight up and real. Both he and Yukino don’t sugarcoat facts, which makes them a great pair. However, I still think Yui is best girl of the series. Anyways, Rumi’s problems of being outcast still exist, but Hikki has a plan to negate all of the relationships, rather than mend a broken one. If you think about it in a way, sometimes it is better to leave a broken vase and accept it than spending an immeasurable amount of time repairing it. That just might be the way to to truly “save” Rumi-chan.
Hikki’s plan pretty much sets up Rumi’s group to turn on each other in fear, thus debilitating their tight-knit friendships to near non-existence. This allows all the other girls to feel an equal level of alienation comparable to how Rumi feels right now. By making it such a situation and then popping out and saying “you got tricked!” followed by a lecture on each other’s feelings, the possibility of mending the girls’ relationships grows. However, Rumi surprisingly takes the initiative to “help” the girls that had outcast her. In a way, the situation among the girls after this can be interpreted as “changed.” The other girls are now indebted to Rumi and forced to think of her in a new light, thereby changing the overall relationship among them. It didn’t exactly go as Hikki planned, but it sure as hell worked out in the end.
A slight few reveals at the end of the Summer Camp. For one, we are reinforced with the idea that Yukino does not get along well with her family, especially her mother. Furthermore, Yukinoshita Haruno is a “former student” of Hiratsuka-sensei. Lastly, the luxury car owned by the Yukinoshita family is the same exact car that almost hit Yui’s dog, the one Hikki saved before the beginning og=f the school term. It is not surprising to see, but now we can acknowledge that our main three characters were connected in some way before becoming “friends.” Now, the problem lies in why Yukino is supposedly not heard from again for the rest of the Summer break.
Out of context, this could be taken the wrong way. Then again, many could mistake Saika for being a girl!