And so, this is the day where I simply start waiting anxiously for a second season of this.
Following the surprise Goukon that Ricchan was forced to attend, she quickly gets into an argument with a guy over what books should or shouldn’t be read, and leaves not long afterwards, with the intention of telling Maemura that she has had enough and cannot put up with her harassment anymore. When she does, however, Maemura takes it badly and stops talking to Ricchan altogether, leaving her alone again and terribly sad that she has lost the only friend she had. The episode then ends with a drunk Ritsu complaining about her friendship relations, and the morning after she wakes up and shares her mail address with Usa, showing that they’ve come one step closer to eventually going out seriously.
I have so many good things to say about this show… And yet, this ending disappointed me. If after 12 episodes all we managed to get was for Usa to ask Ricchan her cellphone number, I sure hope that another 12 episodes could bring some actual development between them so that they hopefully go out before high school graduation… Or is that too unrealistic? *sigh*
None the less, this episode really sank in the idea that friendship isn’t always rainbows and colours, and I really enjoyed that fact. This realistic approach at friendship for people who don’t need constant attention from others is seen rarely in anime, and even more scarcely portrayed as realistically as it is portrayed in Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou. We noticed this a lot last episode with Ricchan being constantly harassed by Maemura, and this episode we saw the end of this friendship which just wouldn’t have worked out due to the difference in personalities. We also saw Ricchan’s sadness over the loss of this friend, which I could relate to awfully due to past experiences.
And yet, I was also very sad to see this show end on an open-ended scene where Ricchan and Usa are still very far from getting anywhere together. The story and character development so far have been great (minus a few fillers), the story had been progressing somewhat smoothly, and for the show to suddenly end in this way makes me strongly hope that a second season is already underway since otherwise Bokura wa Minna Kawaisou can only disappear in the midst of all the other forgotten anime out there… And I believe that would be truly a shame.
It may very hard for me to be unbiased in this review because I relate heavily to Ricchan in many ways, but at the same time I just can’t help but realize the uniqueness and realism of the interpersonal relationships in this show. I’ll admit that the show was an open-ended filler chunk of manga with really slow pacing, and without a second or even third season to back it up, the show’s rating cannot go any higher than an 8, but I still absolutely enjoyed this show with all my heart due to its great production overall – and also because of Ricchan (woups.)