Episode 5 – When will Ayumu make his move?

Now that is more like him. he feels like When will Ayumu make his move? has been unable to shake the feeling that it has been spinning for most of its run so far, especially with the terrible time waster that was last week’s episode, but “Game 5” finally gives us the closest thing to that. Aymu has had a “great” episode, or at least a really good one. It’s a solid reminder that Soichiro Yamamoto Really they can write great little love stories when you put your mind to it. The show still has some elements that are holding it back, but its prospects still look much better than they did a few days ago.

I think what separates this episode from the others we’ve seen so far is that it actually has substance, and the interactions between Urushi and Ayumu feel so much more interesting than the standard rom-com cliches they’ve been stuck with so far. . There’s still a lot of tropey cheese to be found here, whether it’s the initial kiss dream that makes Urushi nervous or Ayumu’s refusal to stop filming her most embarrassing moments of short-person helplessness, but the tropes are much easier to digest. Stride when used in a context that is, you know, interesting and fun to watch. Plus, we don’t have to deal with anything as weird as that stupid “porn misunderstanding” from last week, thank God.

Instead, after Ayumu and Urushi’s cute meeting at the bookstore, we have a story that, above all, helps us learn more about what makes these characters unique and likeable, and is even relevant to the game of shogi! ! The shogi puzzle practice part was fun, but the best part of the episode was definitely the couple’s visit to the okonomiyaki restaurant that Urushi frequented with her late grandfather when she was a child. the tsundere The old shop owner is a hoot, especially when he brings out an absurdly huge okonomiyaki after telling the kids they can only stay while they eat. It’s also sweet to see Urushi share why shogi is such a personal and important part of his life, and it’s obviously quite intimate to invite Ayumu to be a part of it. Ayumu learning many embarrassing stories from Ayumu’s grandfather’s old shogi friend is just icing on the cake.

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Speaking of icing on the cake, this episode gets an extra half star for giving Urushi’s lovable cat Kin, who is a perfect, good girl who knows how to shake paws and all, some screen time. We also get the first Sakurako/Teruko side story that doesn’t feel entirely superfluous, which is how you really know the episode is cooking with gas. I’m always all for rom-coms that give us date scenes that actually feel like real dates that real human teenagers would go on, with Takeru’s complete inability to focus on the movie they’re watching due to Sakurako’s lovey-dovey demeanor. Bonus points for making them watch an absurd-looking post-apocalyptic movie called “BEANS.”

(I feel like this movie is faking a specific property or cultural touchstone, but if it is, I couldn’t figure it out myself, so feel free to let me know in the comments if there’s a joke that crossed my mind.) ). , there.)

Really the only unfortunate aspect of this episode is the item that has been holding back Aymu back the whole season, which is really not impressive at all on the production front. It’s never so ugly that it becomes unenjoyable, but the show just looks plain and a bit sad most of the time, with flat colors and lifeless direction that does nothing to uplift the material. I can imagine a version of the show that made the sweet bedtime phone call between Urushi and Ayumu one of the most romantic scenes of the year, but instead, it just made me smile a little and think “Okay, that was nice.” cute.” Keep all that in mind, because while this episode has gotten a solid score, I don’t want to give the impression that When will Ayumu make his move? has suddenly turned into a big show or something. He’s still perfectly… fine. Sometimes it’s even a solid “good enough.” This turned out to be the best version of “good enough” the series has produced thus far.

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When will Ayumu make his move? is currently streaming on HIDIVE.

James is a writer with many thoughts and feelings about anime and other pop cultures, which can also be found at Twitterhis blog and his podcast.

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