“A competent and self-confident person is incapable of jealousy in anything. Jealousy is invariably a symptom of neurotic insecurity”, Robert A. Heinlein
Jealousy is a strong emotion in people. It drives us to do things that we may not normally do. It wears down our emotions and eats at our souls. And in no other place is jealousy stronger when in comes to our relations with other people. The fear that losing someone who you’re emotionally tied to can lead to some extreme behavior. In last weeks episode of MGX, we start to see the relationship between Urabe and Tsubaki grow. Time has begun to pass on their routine, and they’ve settled down into a particular pattern. But all this changes when people start to come between his best friend and his girlfriend.
Tsubaki’s insecurity takes it’s first hit (this week) when he runs into his best friend Ueno kissing fellow classmate Oka. After last weeks Q&A session, it comes as a great surprise to Tsubaki that his friend has a girlfriend, and a secret one at that! But in a pattern that we’ve seen already, Tsubaki begins to feel a level of insecurity and jealousy that leads him to wanting more from his relationship with Urabe. This constant insecurity forces Urabe to once again teach him a lesson through the power of drool. In a dream brought on a by a special day’s drool, Tsubaki realizes that a kiss is pointless if the feelings between them aren’t aligned. When she confronts him the next day, he shares his revelation with her, and their relationship returns to normal.
But it’s this situation, combined with last week’s insecurities, that we see the biggest fault with Tusbaki. Because their relationship is private, and Urabe at times distant, he lacks any sort of ‘normal’ security that the relationships around him have. And his continued weakness in the face of unknown continually makes his character a bother in the story at times. It makes you want to reach out and yell “man up!”
Sometimes, a little competition can be a good thing. Not in Tsubaki’s case. Another classmate of theirs, Ogata confesses to Urabe, and when she tells Tsubaki of this, he goes into another neurotic worry fit. Not only does she not say “no”, she delays her response until the next day. He spends the night worrying, leaving he a bit tired the next day. But Urabe has a plan to test Ogata and Tsubaki to see which person is best suited to be her boyfriend. She performs the Routine with Ogata, with no reaction on his part. But with Tsubaki, a veritable fountain of blood flows from his nose.
What does it take to trigger such a violent reaction? How about her emotional state from going a full day with no underwear on! This confirms, for her, that her bond with Tsubaki is the right one, that they understand each other’s feelings now. I would venture to say that in addition to that, Tsubaki understands that Urabe is definitely a little different from normal girls.
So in two episodes, what has Tsubaki gotten for all of his insecurity and jealousy? An appreciation for ant-acid, and a clean white pair of Urabe’s panties.