Episode 4 – My Clueless First Friend
What is the signal that Takada is actually pal to Nishimura? When he realizes this week that the nickname “Grim Reaper,” regardless of how cool it’s to him, could also be hurtful to her and breaks down in tears as a result of he is afraid he is harmed his pal. It is the second that stood out probably the most to me from the primary English-language quantity of the manga, and it is simply as highly effective right here. We have recognized from the beginning that Nishimura lives in a single-parent family, however that does not seem to have registered to the carefree Takada, so when he realizes that her mom is lifeless, it hits him laborious. Much more upsetting, although, is when she tells him that she typically feels prefer it’s her fault that her mom died, as if the 2 of them could not exist on the similar time. She feels, actually, like a Shinigami.
Nishimura prefaces this clarification with the assertion that she hasn’t advised anybody at college about it, however that does not imply that they are unaware of her household scenario. In reality, it is possible that somebody in her class is aware of, and that they began the hurtful nickname due to it, presumably primarily based on one thing a mum or dad mentioned of their listening to. Whether or not the remainder of the category is cognizant of the vicious nature of the nickname virtually would not matter at this level, as a result of the harm has been achieved. In that one terrible second of readability, Takada realizes this, and the thought that he did something to hurt Nishimura is one thing he simply cannot deal with. And that is greater than honest – it is a horrible feeling and loads to soak up, particularly for a child as sheltered and completely satisfied as Takada. He thought he was serving to, so feeling like he was a part of the issue all alongside is gut-wrenching.
I do suppose this not less than implies that Takada is not fairly the oblivious Pollyanna he is seemed to be. He will not be the sharpest knife within the drawer, however he is nonetheless conscious that the opposite youngsters have been ostracizing Nishimura. He nonetheless principally walks on the sunny aspect of the road, however he isn’t oblivious to the shadows, which in some methods makes me like him as a personality much more, as a result of he is making an attempt above all else. When Nishimura takes his hand as they stroll dwelling, she’s exhibiting him that he means extra to her than any missteps he is made. She likes him for who he’s, simply as he likes her for herself, and so they’re capable of reverse their roles of comforter and comforted to show simply how strong their friendship is.
Grandma appears very conscious of that. She’s additionally not dashing to marry the 2 of them off and even to make jokes of their listening to about them “courting,” which I actually recognize – she understands that her granddaughter is happier than she’s seen her, and that Takada is the rationale for it. After all, that does not imply that she’s above teasing her son about his daughter’s new bestie, however that feels extra like she’s particularly ribbing him for his assumptions and worries about his eleven-year-old than like she truly believes something romantic is occurring. Gran appears a bit extra conscious of how Nishimura was actually doing than Dad, and he or she simply seems to be genuinely completely satisfied that she’s obtained pal.
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