Kimi ni Todoke – Chapter 62
I think I can understand where Chizuru is coming from. The more I read about her and her history with Ryuu, the more complicated it seems to get, but somewhere in that complexity they became much easier to relate to. At the start, they were part of a much simpler triangle relationship, and you might have expected that to be where their development was focused, but that wasn’t the case. What really matters with they two of them – and what makes them so understandable – is their long friendship. Most of us have people like Ryu, who have been there for us as long as we can remember and who we’d never want to let go of, but who we would never think of in a romantic light. There’s something that can be very alien about thinking of romantic love where it should never be.
This chapter starts off a longer flashback, which I’m a little surprised hasn’t happened yet in this series. We’re learning more about the relationship between Chizu and Ryuu, and it’s implied that Ryuu’s mother is going to play an important, probably very sad role very soon. The main effect the flashback has right now, though, is that we get to see for ourselves how long the two of them have been friends. As little kids, they really aren’t that different from they way the act now, except they’re slightly more immature and Ryuu seems a bit more talkative. It helps emphasize the important fact that their relationship is not something that can be easily changed, because it never has before.
I’ve heard quite a few conflicting opinions regarding whether or not these two will ever get together. They aren’t like Sawako and Kazehaya, who were in love with each other for a long time, or like Ayane and Kento, who claim to understand one another. You could even say that the feelings Chizu has for Ryuu are even deeper than the love Sawako feels, but it isn’t that kind of love. I would certainly like to see them get together, but I’m aware that it isn’t a simple thing to wish for.
But if what Chizuru says is true, and she and Ryuu can never go back to the way they were before, then wouldn’t it be a lot better for them to start dating? The only alternative I can think of is the two of them drifting further and further apart, which isn’t what anyone would want for them. Their relationship wouldn’t have to be the same as the kind Ayane gets into, at any rate. They already know each other’s families, and there aren’t a whole lot of secrets between them. It’s also not like they’ve never been close to each other emotionally, as we should all remember from her getting over Tooru. They’re already closer than a lot of real couples, and even if it would take them a long time to be together on a physical level, it’s not as though that would get in the way of a romantic relationship. Right, Sawako?