So in a whirlwind, Tsubaki has a girlfriend. But not just any girl, it’s the social outcast that sits right next him in class. As this episode opens, the boys are comparing the girls in their class. Sadly, Urabe gets a failing grade from all his friends. But it leaves him wondering about their couple hood? Are they really a couple? Because they don’t act like it and do everything in secret. And who’s leading who? Is it anything more than just an exchange of drool?
Scissors are a hobby?
Before I begin, ponder this: Think of the gender roles between Tsubaki and Urabe as being reversed. Ok, lets go.
So a little over a month as passed in the relationship between Tsubaki and Urabe. Without fail, their routine has been steady. But Tsubaki feels that there should be something more, that they really don’t do the typical stuff that a couple should do. So he turns to his best friend Ueno for advice on what the first thing a couple would do. His response is a simple “hold hands”. Easy enough. So as Tsubaki and Urabe reach the location of their daily routine, he reaches out for her hand, in total failure:
Failure one in hand, he goes back to Ueno looking for more advice. “Communication. Before you hold hands, you talk about hobbies and stuff”. So as it comes close to the time for their routine, Tusbaki stops her to ask what hobbies she has. “Scissors, I guess”. Scissors? Yes, and it leaves him dumfounded:
Tsubaki is getting nowhere. So he decides to take things into his own hands. As the next day comes and they go to do their routine, he reaches out and embraces Urabe from behind. With ninja like reflexes, she jumps away, and comes back cutting with surgical precision with the scissors, leaving nothing but a cardboard cutout behind him, and stern warning:
So what we have is:
- Confusion from a lack of display of their togetherness, while the other sees things as being just fine. A needy-ness typically associated with the female stereotype.
- A physical strength and emotionless attitude that is usually associated with a male stereotype.
- An act in which there is penetration from one to the other, and a fluid deposited. Only in this case from Urabe to Tsubaki.
So It Works Both Ways
So Tsubaki is shut down time after time. In one last attempt he asks Urabe to a movie, only to be told that she’s already busy. Having enough, he hunches down in a depressed state. His reply to her question is simply “am I really you’re boyfriend … haven’t done anything normal couples do”. She reinforces to him that their bond is what ties them, and defines their relationship. So, She decides to prove it to him. She takes him to an abandoned building, has him sit down, and asks him only to promise not to open his eyes under any circumstances. After a pause, they being their routine of her sharing their drool. But this is different, Tsubaki’s heart starts racing, and his nose starts bleeding. It’s in this scene this scene that we finally begin to truly understand the nature of the drool bond. For it’s more than just and addiction for Tsubaki, it also contains the feelings of the person doing the transfer.
But what happens if Tsubaki shares his drool with Urabe? The next day, on their way home, Urabe notices that Tsubaki can’t stop blushing. Asking why, Tsubaki avoids telling Urabe about the hot and steamy dream the night before by telling her it’s a secret. In her ninja like fashion, she stick her finger in his mouth, and proceeds to suck his drool off of it. Her face turns a bright red, and her nose begins to bleed. But there is one more catch. She also knows exactly what he was dreaming about! Imagine all the possibilities of exchanging your emotions and thoughts simply by tasting your partners drool.
As a bonus, I’ve got one more animation to share: