Well, I believe I am going to have to eat my words. This episode definitely marks a major turning point…completely blowing up my prediction that Ryuuji and Taiga WON’T end up together. I mean, what else can I say when Ryuuji swears in his head that he’s never going to let Taiga go, and then Taiga admits out loud that she loves Ryuuji (albeit not directly to his face). It’s a slippery slope, my friend…
So given that by the end of the season, Ryuuji x Taiga is pretty much a certainty, how will the other characters react? Minorin will probably gently let go, for the sake of her friend, but she’ll do it sadly. Ami will….I have no clue how Ami will react. Possibly with jealousy, possibly with understanding maturity. I’m not sure I can quite predict Ami’s actions. Meanwhile, everyone else will probably just say, “It’s about time you two got together.”
The fight between Ami and Minori, both in the room and out in the snow the next day, were really intense. We definitely see a side to Minori that we haven’t seen before…and we have Ami’s constant prodding to thank for that. Ami certainly knows how to get on her nerves.
I love the way Kitamura reacts to situations. When he hears that Ryuuji has a crush on Minori…the first thing he does is drag the guys over to the girls’ room and try to get a an answer from her. Except..Kitamura already knew beforehand that Taiga was in love with Ryuuji. What in the world, Yuusuke?!
So in the next episode, Ryuuji will probably have lots of internal conflict and angst about his own feelings for Taiga, and then we’ll spend the rest of the series wrapping up the loose ends of the other main characters and then finally letting the Ryuuji x Taiga ship set sail. Ah well, at least that Maya girl will finally have Kitamura all to herself.
All in all, I’m a bit sad that Ryuuji won’t end up with Minori, but I guess that’s the way the plot flows.
Episode Rating: 9/10 (It left a strong impression on me, but I suspect there’s better to come)
~eNamorD ( with all the beautiful white powder perfect for skiing)