Similarly to what I did with my 86 – Eighty Six | Episode Three and Four Review blog, I will just be combining both episodes into one greater blog because of convenience and because there simply because there wasn’t much to talk about.
Being completely honest here, I do not believe that Hige wo Soru. Soshite Joshikousei wo Hirou, and all the hype that it has garnered prior to it’s airing will live up to it. Like everyone else, I too awaited this highly anticipated anime. Which I now think is something I shouldn’t have done. Both episodes four and five are geared towards Sayu realizing and understanding the current state she is in, is she’ll have to eventually move on from. But she cannot move unless she confront her past and is willing to put it behind her. That’s essentially what both episodes are about, they also sprinkle in whatever relationship Yoshida has with Gotou but that really isn’t important. If anything, it’s a mere disturbance/inconvenience in the grand scheme of things; so you can disregard that as pointless.
If you’ve seen many Drama, Romance anime, then you can see where Hige wo Soru. Soshite Joshikousei wo Hirou is going down, a road being average. While the anime itself does involve an element that is out of the ordinary, in this case that is Sayu’s situation and past. Apart from that, everything else up until episode five has been fairly average and typical. You can tell that that the feel protagonist (Sayu) is starting to have feelings for Yoshida our male protagonist.
Two strangers who don’t know each other but over time, as they spend more time together, they learn more about each other until they take a liking for one another. Then we have the disturbance, the characters who are there to throw a wrench into that, in this case it’s primarily Airi Gotou. Why is she the disturbance? Because it seems as though she doesn’t mind playing with Yoshida’s feelings, having rejected him once already, but also professes her feelings for him once someone else gets involved, ie. Yuzuha Mishima. Then you have our male protagonist trying to navigate his own feelings not only for Airi Gotou, but for Sayu as well. Which also means (You’ve guessed it), that leaves Sayu on the sidelines, watching from a distance as the person she admires slips away from his grasps. If I were a betting man, then I am almost certain that Yoshida will double back on everything and profess his feelings for Sayu when everything is said and done.
While I admire the initial premise of the story. A girl lost in a dangerous cycle, wanting to escape. Where she is saved by a person who is willing to help her get her life sorted. Everything about this anime feels so average, so normal and so predictable that it’s almost boring. Hige wo Soru. Soshite Joshikousei wo Hirou feels like Yesterday wo Utatte, and Domestic na Kanojo. All three of them are Drama, Romance anime and they all pretty much follow the same sort of deal. As someone who has seen both of them, I can safely say, without hesitation, that both anime were average leaning towards bad. Not to mention both anime carried a substantial following and had high expectations, only to be let downs in the worst way. I’m not saying Hige wo Soru. Soshite Joshikousei wo Hirou will be like those two, but does certainly feel like that’s where it’s trending.