We’re clearly in the Just Because! endgame now, with this episode taking us all the way through Mio and Eita’s misguided exams. I’m still too annoyed by their inability to communicate to really root for them, but if you were rooting for them, this episode was extremely gracefully constructed, contrasting their two journeys and smartly building towards their simultaneous exams. BUT ENA, THOUGH.
You can check out my full review over at ANN, or my notes below.
Eita giving Haruto advice on dating. Aw man, this is such an endearing little goodbye
Eita runs into Mio’s sister
I love this show’s main music motif, that simple synth melody with the drum rim tapping beneath it. It very clearly conveys the show’s general sense of rueful charm. Works very well for this fond, melancholy goodbye between the two boys
“She keeps it real because she’s not interested, right? I’m fine with that.” And then he starts running, the one thing he can do
Mio’s expression when talking to her sister, oh my god
Everyone’s telling everyone the truth after the test
This episode seems kinda led by its piano melodies
The group agrees on a snowball fight after exams are over
Mio and Eita looking at each other’s houses across the town
The mirroring of those two continues across the morning of their exams
Oh boy, this building, violin-led melody as they move towards the exams is lovely. The music in general is a real standout this episode
The moral of the story is: don’t make big stupid romantic gestures without actually talking to your crush first
These tests layered over their first conversation actually manages to be pretty romantic