Sekai-Ichi 11: The Melancholy of Takano Masamune
Oh Studio DEEN, why do you test me so.
I had given my heart to Kou, and now you force a hurt Masamune upon me.
A Masamune that you know all too well that I cannot resist. A Masamune that I want to hug and comfort and tell him that things will turn out alright.
It probably worked as well as it did because I was completely blindsided.
I mean it was shaping up to be a good old fashioned Masamune wrecking havoc at the office episode.
Who, by the way, is devastatingly dreamy in his own right.
This is making me want to watch Junjou Romantica as well. I need more Isaka.
But where Isaka is merely dreamy and lovable…
… Masamune is dreamy, lovable, smart, sexy, naughty… so on and so forth.
I think it’s his glasses. Masamune works his glasses good. He never does give off the same aura of smexiness when his glasses are off.
Or maybe I just have a subconscious megane-fetish along with my subconscious homosexual tendencies.
It’s just a pity I couldn’t produce a stitch of Yokozawa to round it off.
Not to say that Yokozawa is off form in this episode.
I know it’s wrong, but I was so hoping that Masamune and Yokozawa would advance on each other, shouting all the way, before suddenly engaging in a most passionate liplock.
Right in the middle of the conference room. Office sex fantasy for the win.
Masamune’s level of cool is definitely superior to that of Kou’s. It’s probably because Kou’s still young and doesn’t give off the cool old guy vibe.
Not saying that Masamune is old, of course. But that Kou has some way to go before he can aspire to the heights of Masamune’s awesomeness aura.
Even when he’s chibified and art-shifted, Masamune retains the awesome. He’s cute and awesome, whether he’s dumping last minute work on Ritsu…
… or whether he’s scaring Ritsu out of his wits.
Masamune’s nendoroid, if he ever gets one (which is extremely unlikely), should have only one expression – The Scowl. I would so buy an army of them and position them around my room just to unsettle any visitors.
All Masamune wants is a hug. And a torrid sexual relationship with Ritsu, but that can come afterwards.
I can’t help but feel that Masamune is actually screwing up his own chances with Ritsu. Yes, Ritsu is one heck of a tsundere, but Masamune isn’t exactly going about it sensitively or subtly.
So far, Masamune’s main romantic approaches have been sexual harassment and violent physical sexual harassment. He really needs to revise that game plan. If he could just sit down with Ritsu, show him a little concern, buy him groceries, all that stuff that Yoshiyuki does for Chiaki, there’s a chance that they might have hooked up by episode 7.
But then he wouldn’t be Masamune, now would he? Awesomeness is both a blessing and curse.
Because it really is rather funny.
And also because I need something to lift my spirits at seeing Masamune so depressed.
Gah. I am definitely thankful that I do not have any wine next to me right now.
I don’t usually turn to alcohol to inspire my writing, but I’d have easily finished a bottle just to cope with all this emotional trauma.
I mean it’s obvious that Masamune and Ritsu are going to end up together.
Which means that Yokozawa, who cares loads for Masamune, and has been watching over him since college, is obviously going to be left out in the cold.
And if there’s one thing that can pierce my heart easier than that of an anime OP playing up at an emotionally fulfilling scene, it’s unrequited love.
They just had to show Yokozawa hugging a kitten, didn’t they. Accursed Studio DEEN toys with your heartstrings with the grace of an unskilled violinist.
It just kills me to see more and more examples of how much Yokozawa loves Masamune.
Because he’s just so emotionally involved. Ritsu could do whatever the heck he wants and Masamune would still pursue him, which is honestly incredibly unfair to Yokozawa.
But then again love isn’t about fairness. And it means that Yokozawa is chained to his one-sided relationship with no hope of a happy ending. And it’s another punch to the metaphorical gut if you know know Masamune professes his love to Ritsu in the end.
Man this episode was depressing, wasn’t it.
And just like that the next episode is the final episode.
I just hope something nice happens to Yokozawa. Anime-original story for Yokozawa perfect end please?