Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai Episode 10: And so the suffering begins

Okay, I'm going to say right off the bat that I had a blast watching this episode. I still have my criticisms for the relationship between Mitsuyoshi and Teresa, but I really loved the way the episode laid out its hints. The entire episode felt like a treasure hunt that rewarded me for paying attention.

Well, I said last week that I wanted the gruff Rainbow Shogun fan to show up in this date, and the episode really delivered. I think the scene with the policeman was a bit excessive, but I thought it was hilarious how he kept appearing in the background. I think I would have preferred if he hadn't been so blatantly revealed. As you can see from the last screenshot, I was keeping track of him.

These conversations between Teresa and Mitsuyoshi were really great. Even though Mitsuyoshi speaks only of his fear of planes on the surface, the conversation seems to be secretly driving home this idea that Teresa and Mitsuyoshi don't belong together by planting this idea that Mitsuyoshi would have trouble going to Teresa's home.

The hints about Reiko seem interesting. She's starting to seem less like a relative based on these descriptions. Maybe she's a former friend of the grandfather? It certainly sets up the grandfather's scene in the preview where he seems to be giving some advice to a saddened Mitsuyoshi.

Also, Alec's interaction with Kaoru worked really well. The show pretty much confirms that Teresa's date with Mitsuyoshi is actually a last hurrah by having Alec act uncharacteristically nice. It's the type of behavior you'd expect when you're about to part for a long time.

I'm a bit upset about this scene where Mitsuyoshi misses Teresa's suggestive line. It just seems unnecessary.

Okay, this is cheesy, but well played on the rainbow effect in Teresa's eyes.

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