At first, I will be honest, I was highly critical of Carol because in the first few opening episodes she felt like a robot. I also mentioned how it felt as though they (the studio) threw lines into google translate and used that voice as Carol’s voice.
After watching episodes nine through eleven of Tomo-chan wa Onnanoko!, I can safely say now that Carol as a character has grown on me quite a bit. She’s probably my second favourite character behind Misuzu. Who in her own right, has gotten even more complex as a character and that in itself has been something I’ve enjoyed too.
I always thought that Misuzu and Carol worked extremely well. You know that saying opposites attract? You don’t have to look any further because both Misuzu and Carol are the embodiment of that old saying. They are both very manipulative people in their own right. Misuzu is more forceful and comes off as very strong as she tries to get an outcome that most benefits her.
While Carol on the other hand, I truly believe that she intentionally plays the oblivious role in order to lower everyone’s guard down. Once their guard is lowered then she (Carol) skillfully goes about her manipulating without anyone really noticing. What makes it even better is that Misuzu despite being very calculative in her approach, is aware of what Carol is doing but cannot for the life of her stay one step ahead of Carol.
You have two vastly different personalities, with the ability to manipulate at will and it’s very fun to watch. Misuzu and Carol can read each other like a book, but I think that Carol has that slight edge because she already figured out that Misuzu is doing all these things because she’s scared of losing Tomo. Something Misuzu has just now realized and acknowledged.
Tomo-chan wa Onnanoko! has been fairly interesting over the past couple of episodes. Especially since Carol and Misuzu have been the focal points of each episode (nine through eleven) majority of the time. Which in my opinion, has been nice because Jun and Tomo haven’t been all too interesting as of late; well for me that’s the case anyway.
I don’t know why that is the case right now. But it feels like they’ve run their course now and we’re just waiting for them to become a couple. So who else is there to make the episodes feel remotely entertaining considering that we only have two episodes remaining? You guessed it, Misuzu and Carol.
Personally, I am hoping for a good end to the anime, I have an idea as to what may be there as I read the manga. But considering that the pace of the show has slowed down dramatically since the first episode, I am unsure as to what will really be covered.
We’re about to find out.