Episodes six and seven of Soredemo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru I thought were great examples of Slice of Life. One episode focused on Valentines day and White day, while the other was about a new school year and clubs recruiting all these new students into their respective clubs.
Personally, I enjoy that separation. Yeah, it’s nice to have episodes that lead into each other. But I think it’s even better when each episode (especially with regards to SoL) offers a reset, a change in pace. Which is what episodes six and seven offered and is something I’ve enjoyed about Soredemo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru.
In some ways, Soredemo Ayumu wa Yosetekuru reminds me a bit of Senpai ga Uzai Kouhai no Hanashi. In large part because you can argue that we have two sets of main characters. 1A and 1B. 1A being Urushi and Ayumu, 1B being the latter.
In both instance (anime), you can make the argument that they both sets of characters have feelings for one another. However, they hang out not really making any advances and if they do make a move. It’s quickly brushed off because one of the characters because it flies completely over their head. Or because they do not want to acknowledge these advances because it’s embarrassing.
That being said, the one biggest thing I liked about this pair of episodes was episode seven. The reason why I liked episode seven the most was, as previously mentioned, it was like someone had hit the ‘reset’ button and gave us something new, in the form of Rin Kagawa. Rin Kagawa is someone who links Ayumu’s past to the present day, she is already someone I like.
Rin Kagawa seems to be a very competitive person and seems to be someone who really admires Ayumu. This offers something different because if she already admires Ayumu to begin with and wants to follow in his footsteps, then that is bound to rub Urushi the wrong way. Which will most likely lead into her doing a lot of weird things to keep Ayumu’s attention on her rather than Rin and vice versa.
As previously mentioned, I enjoy the fact that Rin has a competitive edge because none of the characters really have that. I mean Ayumu kind of does, but it only applies when it’s something that is directly or indirectly related to Urushi. Which, I will admit, has gotten a little boring and has started to feel a little overused. So I think it’s nice that we now have a personality that differs from all the other characters we’ve seen so far.
I’m looking forward to what happens next.