I’m happy to report that no romantic tension has been lost as a result of the events that transpired last week. On the contrary, things are only heating up: Kotoko’s fantasies intensify as she dreams of another kiss, Naoki strolls around with wet hair, and who knew that tennis can be so dangerous. And stimulating. You will see what I mean.
Most notable of all, though, is that our darlings are now in college and that means Naoki has gotten himself well-fitted clothes. Hallelujah.
How do we know we are in one of Kotoko’s delicious fantasies?
When Naoki hovers nearby. Takes a deep breath. Says something ludicrous. Without smirking (smirking is important. THAT IS THE ONLY WAY WE CAN TELL IT’S NOT REALLY HIM. Well, and I guess, if you seen any other adaptions you would know too…)
*cue porn music*
“I’m sorry. I’ve been feeling shy after that day.”
How many times did the actors have to practice that to make sure they stop just mere millimeters away from each other? Don’t know about you, but I will be here, imagining all the accidental kisses that happened in the process.
First day of college and Kotoko resumes her puppy-like stalking of Naoki.
“Are going to keep following me to the Science building?” he asks.
Kotoko needs to go to a different building but that doesn’t deterher from checking up on him later on.
Her girlfriends are looking much better too.
Enter our long-awaited love rival, Yuko Matsumoto. She is beautiful, smart, and….must be over 30 years old. Or at least looks like it.
Which, don’t get me wrong, is not old by any stretch of imagination. BUT.
Next to my baby-faced Yuki she might pass for his aunt or someone equally old and unappealing. No, him wearing a suit doesn’t help at all. Why is she interested in him? To baby-sit him?
Well, anyway, time to pretend that Yuko is somehow the most beautiful thing that ever walked the earth and that she is somehow a threat to Kotoko who has about 50x her charm.
Aunt asks Naoki, “Who is this? Your girlfriend?”
He replies, “No way” and stalks off, leaving the Aunt looking smug and Kotoko speechless.
The family gathers at Kotoko Papa’s restaurant, where, surprise! Kin-chan is now working/helping out.
Naoki is so obviously displeased every time Kin-chan and Kotoko interact that I can’t help but laugh every time. How come no one else notices him shooting jealous daggers in Kin-chan’s direction? WAKE UP, PEOPLE.
Jealous Naoki Take 1.
Jealous Naoki Take 2.
Yeah, keep drinking that tea.
I love Kotoko’s quick thinking in this hallway scene. “Naoki just came out of the shower. Sexy wet hair. Towel. Must engage in conversation.”
“Soo…you like that pretty-looking aunt, huh?” Kotoko asks.
“Why? You jealous?”
“So it worked…You can’t forget about me after that kiss.”
And proceeds to tease her by leaning in for another kiss and then laughing it off like always. If Kotoko doesn’t explode from all the tension, I will.
Someone hold me before I start attacking my computer screen.
Kin-chan is working at the cafeteria too and gosh, I’m having insane ISWAK flashbacks because I swear Joe Cheng donned a grey blazer in the exact same scene.
Kotoko despairs over the fact that her and Naoki are in completely different buildings, and as fun as stalking is, it’s just a tad bit worse than actual interactions, so her girlfriends encourage her to join the same club as Naoki.
Naoki refuses to tell her which club it is because it takes a genius to know that Kotoko will want to join it as well…
And that is how Kotoko ends up chasing Naoki across the whole campus.
Finally Kotoko sees Naoki entering a room and barges in, pronouncing she wants to join that club…
Which turns out to be the nerdiest corner at the Uni – anime club.
“Where is Irie-kun?” Kotoko asks.
“Who? The guy who just left?”
Kotoko runs around some more and finally finds Naoki and the pretty aunt, who is trying to chat him up, to no avail for now.
Kotoko manages to read the sign on the door this time, which says tennis, before yelling that she wants to join that club.
She then gets a cute tennis outfit and attempts some fail tennis poses ala Xiang Qin from ISWAK. I sort of like the aunt because her reaction to Kotoko thus far has been: “What in the world is this girl doing?”
Sudo is the guy who recruited Naoki to the tennis club earlier and he is also the one to administer an assessment test for new members.
Apparently he is beast at tennis. In all the sense of the word. Just look at his shorts…
Are those shorts a bit too small for him or is he just that excited playing tennis?
Or maybe it’s Yuko’s cleavage…
I did not want to go there BUT LOOK AT IT. It’s amazing. Seriously.
Kotoko is terrified at the prospect of facing the Beast but Naoki just makes things worse by making Sudo lose during their match and angering him to his wits’ end.
The beast does not disappoint and knocks out Kotoko with a well-aimed shot.
Naoki is cracking up adorably and the aunt is still like: “What is going on?”
Ah, the smile of a man in love. Observe it.
Naoki is so pro he doesn’t even need to come to practice so not only does Kotoko have to endure rigorous training, she doesn’t even get to share the pain with Naoki.
Kokoto’s Papa asks her to come to the restaurant to have a talk.
He is aware that things are not really working out between her and Naoki and that perhaps it would be better to move out, as to not abuse the kindness of the Irie family. He says he already found a nice place for them.
Kotoko is pretty shaken by the idea of moving out, wondering what would connect her to Naoki if that were to happen.
Naoki runs into Kotoko and asks her where she is been since it’s so late (not without telling her off that *she* doesn’t need to know where he’s been. Jerk, grrr.)
Kotoko replies that she was at her father’s restaurant. and Naoki immediately incited, asks : “You went to see that guy?”
Naoki being jealous take 3.
“What guy?” asks Kotoko. Girl, you are so clueless.
“Nevermind. Me and my father are moving out.”
Naoki is trying to cover it up but it’s clear that this is not pleasant news to him.
Kotoko seems to sense that too and asks, “Will you miss us?”
The prolonged silence is such a clear answer that YES, HE WILL. But instead he goes for, “Finally, my life can go back to the way it used to be”
Kotoko is upset and thinks to herself “I don’t understand. I don’t understand how you feel, Irie-kun.”