Anime: Sukitte Ii na yo (Say I Love You) – Episode 4 Summary + Review

“Engagement bracelet?”

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(“When I get a job, then we get rings. Until then…”)

Studio: ZEXCS

Genre: Romance, Shoujo, Drama,  Age: 13+

Released: 28 September 2012 – onwards

From the previous episode, Yamato gives Mei a bracelet with blue meet, and he wears a matching one, as a token of their relationship. It seems that both people have been changed by recent events, but more challenges are on the horizon.

Warning! May contain spoilers!

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Mei’s transformations into a more sociable person catches the eye of Kakeru Hayakawa, a playboy that chases after most of the girls in school. His fickle relationships are infamous, and he asks Yamato if he could meet Mei, as friends.

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(Kakeru provided hints by dating Mei-clones)

Yamato asks for Mei’s permission, and not wanting to disappoint his high opinion of the “new” Mei, she agrees.

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(This is where Yamato would kiss Mei’s ring.. if she had one….)

Although Aiko is invited by Kakeru, so she can ploy for Yamato, while he goes for Mei she refuses. A meeting time is arranged between Kakeru, Mei and Yamato.

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(“Can you send me pictures of your girlfriend? I’ll delete them, I promise…”)

The hang out goes well, although Mei doesn’t think that she’s being particularly sociable.

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(Both men managed to burn a hole through Mei with their eyes)

When Yamato leaves to take a call, Kakeru shows his true colours and tries to convince Mei that Yamato is secretly seeing other girls behind her back. He also attempts to seduce her. Mei doesn’t believe him, and refuses to take his number.

Yamato punches Kakeru after realising that Mei has been scared off.

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(“Mei spontaneously combusted. What are you gonna do?”)

Aiko mocks Kakeru for thinking he could break up Yamato and Mei’s relationship. Kakeru retaliates by insulting her large weight in previous years, and the weight loss scars that she has afterwards.

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(Aiko’s scars are more than skin deep…. ~#)

Mei, who happened to be passing by, steps in to comment about how repulsive Kakeru is. She gets hit by Kakeru, and Aiko seems angry at being defended by her.

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(Instead of confrontation, Mei should try a subtle blackmailing approach)

Mei goes to Yamato for clearing up about his previous fickle relationships. Yamato sincerely apologises for sleeping with Aiko for stupid reasons before, and promises that he will be faithful to Mei.

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(“We’ll be together forever? Pinky promise…?”)

Overall, I wish this episode had been some kind of joke about how tangled up relationships are in shoujo anime. Alas, it is real. Just when I’m struggling to separate people’s past lives, another character gets thrown in the mix.

I’m starting to dislike Mei. I loved her Sawako-ness (lead girl from Kimi no Todoke). She’s very quiet, and shy, but recently it seems the she is more passive and happy to let things pass by. Surely there should be more confrontations than “I don’t don’t want to be your friend.” It’s not a proactive or decisive approach in relationships, and it drags down the pace.

Yamato seems determined to take the relationship forward. Good. He has a rival already, and Aiko seems to be itching to take Mei’s place.

Something drastic better happen soon. I’m not saying everything should be as crazy as Peach Girl, but you know.. something should happen.

Rated – 3/5 Somewhat generic plot moving at snail’s pace.

See the next episode!

See the previous episode!

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