“Could you give my back one hell of a push?” – Maiko
I was actually quite surprised by the detour that the series took for episode ten. Some might look at lit as a filler episode or a comedic relief episode with Maiko but others might see the episode as a learning experience in itself for Raku.
Rather than focusing on one of the main heroines in Raku’s life, we’ve switched gears to focus on Maiko and his secret high school crush. You don’t really think much goes through Maiko’s head, but I guess he IS Raku’s best friend and Raku’s quite a sensitive person so there must be SOMETHING to Maiko despite being a perpetual comedic relief derp in the series.
It turns out that Maiko has had a crush on their homeroom teacher Kyoko-sensei for some time now. He, unlike Raku, seems content observing and watching from afar, rather than getting HELLA caught up in the drama. Raku however approaches love quite differently. What happens is Kyoko-sensei announces her marriage to the class. While all our main characters have ended up in the same class in second year, Kyoko-sensei will be leaving the school very soon.
Raku gets it out of Maiko that he has a crush on Kyoko-sensei but his best friend’s unvoiced, unrequited love REALLY doesn’t sit well with Raku. Somehow, Raku ends up consulting Tsugumi on the topic and she of course, in her awkward Chitoge x Raku situation, has endeavoured to remain silent regarding unrequited love. To be honest I was surprised Nisekoi delved into this sort of theme at all. Seems pretty deep for a slice of life high school comedy series. And REALLY Maiko having a crush on Kyoko-sensei is a bit awkward because of the age difference. I REALLY ship him with Ruri and I hope something sparks later on.
In the end, Raku encourages Maiko to express his feelings to Kyoko-sensei even though it might be selfish of him to do so, and childish, and it might inconvenience her. Even then. He should do it. Because it’s love. And all’s fair… right?
I actually ended up writing this recap and review a few days after I watched the episode. The episode actually gave me a lot of food for thought. It takes a lot of courage to go up to someone of your unrequited love and confess nonetheless. It seems overly dramatic to think about it in real life and often times we just let it go… but perhaps we should take Maiko’s story as a little lesson and take bolder steps in our own lives. It is precisely because of these kinds of little lessons that I enjoy watching slice of life romance.
I just know if one of my close guy friends read this he’d say “Oh how very cloudy and typical of you to say so.”
Why yes. Yes it is.
What are you pondering today?