“We’re all Chiba idiots, so let’s SING-A-SONG!”
RECAP: The Culture Festival draws near. Hikki and Yui visit Yukino to check up on her, but still find that she is still shouldering a majority of the work herself. Afterwards, the Festival Committee attempts to come up with a slogan, but Hikki plays the victimized villain by pointing out the ironic flaw in “Cooperation.” And so, the Festival eventually begins.
I’ll admit that I am slightly disappointed that my prediction (which was that Yukino took the day off to intentionally pile up work for Sagami) was wrong. So Yukino actually took the day off to take some slight rest. But even after she was called out in school for taking on too much work herself, she is still doing so. We already know that it is a foreign thing for Yukino to rely on others, especially “friends.” That is what Yui wants and she voices that concern. And even if Hikki denies his “friendship” with her, right now he is actively reaching out to Yukino.
Hikki, you sly bastard. This was intentional to not only relieve the workload on himself, but also to point out the critical flaw in how the Committee’s “system” was working. After all, he finds the worst and gritty truth in everything. Ironic slogans about everyone working together is laughable and easy bait to show that Sagami and many others have been slacking off on Committee work, without pointing any fingers. I’ve never actually thought of he character for Person/Human to be interpreted in such a way.
I also have to point out that this scene is one of few times we’ve actually seen Yukino laugh about something “good” Hikki has said. After the previous day’s visit, Yukino really realizes that she has “friends” to rely on in Yui and Hikki, and that becomes slightly more prevalent post-meeting when she gives Hikki a proper “See you tomorrow.”
It would seem that Sagami was hit harder by Hikki’s earlier comments than others. Well, she is the Committee Chairperson, after all. She must take responsibility for her actions, which is something she has not necessarily done since taking the lead role. She is so used to being in the spotlight, but when it counted most, she crumbled under pressure. Even though the Festival is currently running smoothly, she is still haunted by the fact that she didn’t do much of anything to make this all happen. Thus, she is disconnected from the fun and alienated. Of course, making a fool of herself on stage wasn’t a big help to her spirit either.
So homo it’s funny.