Tada-kun wa Koi wo Shinai Final Episode (13): Some clever joke about rainbows

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While I feel like the resolution of this episode was “correct”, the cynic within me doesn’t feel quite satisfied with how this episode played out. Most of the “surprises” were actually set up pretty well, so it has nothing to do with that. I can’t come up with a great way to summarize, so I’ll just take the grievances individually. Maybe it’s just the general sense that the episode was trying hard to make it seem like the happy ending was impossible when it was the only one that fit the tone of the show.

This isn’t really a huge deal, but I did get the sense that they were going a little nuts with the “deep quotes” in this episode.

This point feels a bit overdone with Mitsuyoshi comparing his current situation with the tragedy in his childhood. It almost feels like he’s relearning something he should have realized in the previous episode. Also, the whole thing with Mitsuyoshi running after the invitation felt longer than it needed to be. Really building up the tension, huh?

Honestly, having Charles call off the wedding at the last minute felt fine. He generally gave me the impression that he was someone who cared for Teresa but felt pained watching her interact with Mitsuyoshi. It’s big of him to take one for her, but it’s not a huge shock. It honestly felt like one of the few clean ways we could get this ending to work, but I could never really say for sure because it was so hard to gauge the political ramifications of cancelling the wedding. The series never makes it clear.

We did it?

Where? But back on topic, I thought for sure that at least Pin-senpai and Hina would get their shot together. Oh well…

Misdirection aside, this ending feels awkward to me. Sure, Mitsuyoshi and Teresa have fought to be together, but I feel like it’s a shame that they’re the only ones who truly get an ending in this episode. Charles and Alec seem to have a moment in the end, but they feel even less deserving of that. It would cheapen the gesture Charles made if he quickly shifted his affection toward Alec.

Final Score: 6/10 This show ended up being pretty straightforward. It was cute in a lot of places, but I don’t think it did anything particularly special. I don’t really see myself remembering it down the line.

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