The other couples are easily forgettable. There is the mangaka, Chiaki Yoshino, who is very adorable who is loved by his childhood friend and editor, Yoshiyuki Hatori whom he affectionately calls Tori. However, his other childhood friend whom he studied junior high with, Yuu Yanase, is also in love with him. As once commented in the 2nd TV series by Ritsu Onodera that Yoshino writes the most girly manga in their lineup yet he doesn’t understand for a long time that Hatori loves him nor that Yuu does either. Though Hatori says that he did hide it and act like it so it is inexplicable with Yuu it was the opposite. Yuu does everything that makes Chiaki happy. So, I am pretty surprised that even after hooking up with Hatori he doesn’t get that Yuu loves him so much.
The word “love” here is so brusque and casual. It was only the fan girl in me that liked this series as one likes to quick read or something. Yes, it was that fan girl that cooed at times at cute kisses or shit but it is quite well I don’t know you may re-watch this anime only for that like skimming a nudes magazine. You just want that part of you that likes some romance scenes to be realized. Another part just really loved seeing Ritsu Onodera.
The way Chiaki and Yoshiyuki end up together is nothing short of snapshot film. There is no awkwardness, no nothing, there should be no disgust as Chiaki respects Hatori but I expected something that was more lingering to happen. It seemed more that like some other coercive semes Yoshiyuki wants to quit and Chiaki doesn’t want it so they decided to have sex as yeah you get it.
Not to forget that Chiaki so-called realization is more like confusion. And he initially thinks that Yuu and Yoshiyuki have a relationship and that Tori just kissed him and confessed to him as a surrogate that also makes this entire thing really annoying. Chiaki is very confused. In fact even after they have sex the poor guy is not sure if they are dating or not and female attention on Yoshiyuki makes him burst out that how is he supposed to know if they are dating or not because Hatori isn’t exactly verbal or even clarifying. That makes them become more serious apparently Hatori is also unsure because Chiaki pushed him away recently but Yoshino mentions that it was pretty sudden so he is just shy. Then they make some lovin Yeah, end of drama for two of them.
Later on the problem of Yuu Yanase is also discussed in an added drama. Of course jealousy is so rampant in this anime that every location is a bull in a china house. Chiako sees Yoshiyuki with his ex-girlfriend from highschool and well that escales a matter (not to mention that this is 2nd TV series and on the onset they showed how to them being in a gay relationship they can’t be public on it about their families which was kind of hard to swallow [no pun intended] because the way Hatori is I think he will adamantly just go with it and how passionate Chiaki is I think they eventually will say so out loud they are together).
There is also a big fight in the middle between them because Tori thinks Chiaki just wants to be friends and is only sympathetic about him so is continuing this and decides maybe they should end it. This makes Chiaki Yoshino lose it and go ballistic about how Tori should not draw conclusions and that Chiaki has his own personal feelings and that Yoshiyuki should learn to read them and respect them. Yoshino does want a relationship with him so he better cut off these silly presumptions. I actually was happy at this part it was nice to see Chaiki have this intensity and spine and well hand Hatori’s ass to him. Though it ended in a predictable:
Chiaki decides to hang out with Yuu after the ex-girlfriend incident Yuu just wants to blatantly and sexually try to woo him with Chiaki punching him mid-way and well then Hatori breaks in and tries to attack Yuu making Yuu give a small threat that if Hatori doesn’t leave there will be fists pumping. After they leave Hatori and Yoshino get into a quarrel as Hatori reminds him that Yuu should be avoided. But I understand Chiaki. Yuu has more in common with him as a friend and Hatori has nothing. If you think about it this relationship should just sink. Hatori then explains that the ex was just a meeting and yeah reconciliation.I just think that Hatori was being really annoyingly pushy and Chiaki annoyingly stupid I understand the tension and the anger of Hatori because it was a bit apparent that Yuu did somewhat confess that he loved Yoshino.
Of course, this episode wins in the department of how Yuu cannot be well Chiaki’s boyfriend. Yuu has a very good design from the start; the sharpness of his design with some soft contours and those defined, narrowed eyes really reflects who he is, he is reserved and only free with a few but those people get to see his mischievousness and cunning too. Not to mention that he wants to coerce Chiaki Yoshino in a relationship. Yet he does really desire Yoshino a lot and his tears of frustration were real. Not that he isn’t genuinely a friend it’s like he is too vulpine for Yoshino. I don’t really like Hatori but I can see that a relationship between these two may not work unless Yanase changes a bit. It is true that he and Yoshino have more in common but his defining characteristics of being a bit sly and not straightforward make him a “bad” candidate for love for the tender, innocent Chiaki who also does not like any type of forcing. However, I do think that if Chiaki and Ritsu got together it wouldn’t be bad. Hatori acts too much like, I don’t know, like some caretaker. Yet, the scenes leading to that fight are telling about this triangle:
The distinction in this coupling is how it is shown that Yuu is not a great guy for Yoshino. Of all the character couple pairings and arcs of this series this one actually distinguished this part where one guy is not good for the other covetable one. As aforementioned, Yuu Yanase is a bit too intense, clever and erotically playful for the sweet, hardworking and talented Chiaki Yoshino. Yoshino needs someone who wouldn’t mind going a bit slow paced and steady with him; to him sex is important but gradual which is obviously not the style preferred by Yuu. This was also determined by the analogy of “bone structure” — Yuu said that Chiaki’s hand’s bone structure was quite beautiful and perfect. It is a very raw and direct, cut to the desert, sort of approach which is not at all Chiaki Yoshino.
Of course, in the latter Valentine Special it is shown that Chiaki is still friends with Yuu having him taste the Valentine chocolate he was meaning to prepare for Hatori (even after all that lol 😄 also it seems that he is paying back Hatori who always brings him chocolates). Yoshiyuki gets mad and in a comic forcefulness drags Chiaki to bed and the door closes making a narrator state that Yoshino needed to be “disciplined” more as he obviously still doesn’t get this.
I think that was a bit too much. This couple is pretty silly. I like Chiaki because he is talented and well-meaning, kind and actually is perseverant and well a tender sort of artistic guy. Hatori is a borish older guy who has no particularities and mostly does cooking and cleaning aside editing for Yoshino. I mean I respect that he does but they don’t anything else besides that and sex I mean for a guy in love with Chiaki for 28 years (as he says in the 1st TV series) he sure knows nothing about his true love
Well, I like Chiaki a lot. I do not like his ignorance but I think he is a conscientious person and is good at what he does and talented at it. Despite Yuu being a jerk I like that his character is a bit more fleshed out. I think his cocky nature and his being a jerk comes mostly from being a tad bit insecure. I didn’t like how coercive he got with Chiaki but as a character he is more well detailed and intriguing than Hatori. Hatori’s main symbol is that he cooks very well thus his cooking which is quite a nice assortment of the traditional with some sugar and spice is how he is. That is sweet though unlike Chiaki and Yuu they don’t expand much on him except that he is gonna be the guy sucking Chiaki Yoshino’s face.