By the second episode, I noticed something interesting. As dark and bleak Sawako’s appearance seems, it is the only dark and bleak thing in the show. Her emotional reactions and responses are filled with sparkles and flowers. The only thing that keeps her ‘dark’ is the hype that surrounds her.
Everything else in the show so far is dazzlingly bright and colorful. It’s really beautiful to look at, to the point of distraction. The story here is rather small and unambitious — these are not bad things in themselves. What makes the show engaging to watch for me is how this world of high school love seems nostalgically ideal.
I wonder if there’s some dreadful twist that happens along the way. I can’t help but feel that I’m being led to a slaughterhouse because everything seems to go so well. Nothing too fast, nothing too dramatic. It’s interesting to consider, but mostly due to how I anticipate this turn will contrast with the visual landscape of the show; or how the visual landscape will change to accommodate such a twist.
But for now, I can’t imagine anything else but the slow days of growing love and self-discovery that plays out in this little show. Episode two gave us sunbeams through the trees, rain, and the colors of dusk on a wet landscape. The after school sun gives the world orange hues. Why worry about grades and the future now? It’s kind of the time for love.
But here are some images from the second episode. I find them breathtaking.
These are the kind of scenes that could have elevated the viewing experience of something like Hatsukoi Limited, considering that show was a series of accounts of first loves. Kimi ni Todoke is shaping up to be something similar.
It makes me want to look back at high school and the long walks home. I’m very fortunate to have lived in the kind of suburbs that had lots of trees and manicured gardens in large houses; as well as parks with a creek that ran through it and the tall trees filtering the sunlight into pretty beams creating bright spots of color on the ground among the fallen leaves blown about by the afternoon breeze leading into dusk.
You never really learn to appreciate those things until you’re much older do you? But I swear there must’ve been at least one or two days when I can pull myself free from concerns of school, and awkward teenage romance and just enjoy the walk for what it is.
I wouldn’t mind having one of those days back.
A Personal Note
I used to live in a place called Alabang, where my parents and brothers still stay. It’s a bit more crowded now since high school, but to me it’s always been beautiful and is one of my most favorite places ever. After all, it’s home for me too.
I’m almost absolutely certain that this show was never meant for me (in a target audience kind of way). Nonetheless I take from it a kind of nostalgia that isn’t for old shows but rather for a time in my life that’s nice to visit every now and then.
Here’s an old post about the village I lived in. [->]
I had a shitty camera for that previous post but Betty did better in this one [->]
I’m not a big fan of Hatsukoi Limited, but I won’t say that it doesn’t have its charms [->]