Balancing time spent with the person you’re dating can be a sensitive thing. When you first start dating someone, there is that euphoria of something fresh and new. You want to spend a little more time with each other as you begin to explore things about each other. But, what happens when you other people being to intrude on that time? They may not necessarily be rivals of the heart, but they are definitely competition for that special time. In the case of Tsubaki and Urabe, this scenario leads to situations that are anything but normal.
The latest MGX post at Lost in America brings up a good point. In this series, who really is the Mysterious Girlfriend? While it’s easy to respond “Urabe”, Oka is definitely just as interesting of a character. Since her introduction, every episode brings surprises on how open she is about her relationship and the things she does, with almost no feeling of embarrassment. This attitude comes into contrast with Urabe, who makes attempts to be flirty and seductive, but is held back at times by her own self-awareness. Through Oka’s assertiveness, we are able to gain insight into Urabe’s feelings and thoughts. And when Oka share’s her experiences with Ueno, she influences Urabe and Tsubaki’s relationship. With Oka, we get a catalyst for relationship growth. If not for Oka’s prodding, you may see Urabe and Tsubaki’s relationship fall flat before it has ever really started.
Oka’s defining moment this week comes as a dilemma falls into Urabe’s lap. As we’ve all seen to this point, Urabe is talented athletically. How could she not be and still be a panty-scissor machine. This week’s main plot focuses around Urabe, and because of her athletic talent, being asked to join the track team. While she flat-out refuses, Tsubaki, like any good boyfriend, encourages her to use her talent. But this puts her in a tight spot. If she joins track, she can’t walk Tsubaki home every night and do their routine. And this too make’s Tsubaki sad. But all it takes is one little comment to put things in perspective for Urabe. With a comment not once, but twice of “Your golden legs may be Tsubaki-kun’s…”, Oka has helped Urabe make her decision.
Is it wrong to be possessive of your special someone’s time? The desire to want to spend your free time with the person who’s captured your heart can be strong. But in the case of Urabe and Tsubaki, who would you guess has it stronger. Up until now, It was always Tsubaki is was outwardly emotional, always trying to find ways to spend time with her. But with Oka’s influence, we are starting to see a completely different Urabe. One that is more open to showing just how she feels. And In the end, she’s shows Tsubaki just how she feels. She affirms to him that her legs are his alone, and she is more that happy to let him have them.
What makes this anime, and the manga as well, is that as abnormal as it is, it really isn’t. We have a normal relationship between a boy and a girl, who are just starting to feel one another out, and learn about their desires in this relationship. We have their friends, who may or may not be giving the best advice. So while you’re thinking that show may be one of the weirdest on right now, keep in mind that it may be more normal than you think.