When living with your parents it can often be difficult to understand why the make some of the decisions that they do. What Tsuki ga Kirei shows well in episode 11 is that they usually have a good reason for doing so, and even after making decisions initially, they’re flexible enough to adapt when it’s in the best interest of their children.
Last week, we expected that Kotarou’s parents, particularly his mother, wouldn’t take well to his decision to go a school two hours away in order to follow a girl. It wasn’t surprising then to see that when Kotarou announced his school of choice at a parent meeting with his teacher, his mother wasn’t best pleased.
But Kotarou puts a lot of work in for his entrance exam this week and we see that both his mum, and slightly more chilled (though no less concerned) dad, come round to supporting him as best they can, even if they still don’t believe it’s really the best decision. Ranging from making late night revision food through to going back to his teacher to support her sons decision, the amount Kotarou’s parents do is immense. Furthermore, this episode shows that Tsuki ga Kirei has more loving relationships than just a middle school romance.
Akane gets less, but no less important screen time this week, reminding us of why this show has done so well up to this point, epitomising the romance as well as the other friendships and character interactions. Most specifically though, Christmas hits in this episode and she knits Kotarou a scarf as a present and the two go out doing ‘couply’ things. Her sister tries to talk her out of going to the same school as her boyfriend, because of course they won’t stay together. She also passes her high school entrance exam.
This penultimate episode felt quite different to the rest of the season, but was no less impressive from a relationship building pointing of view. Kotarou and Akane’s relationship is only briefly touched upon this week, and really only in relation to the relationship between Kotarou and his parents. Of course, this has been, first and foremost, a romance anime, but kudos to the writers for making me feel really invested in Kotarou’s familial relationships this week.
I’ve often found myself surprised by each episode of this show and this week was no different. On paper, the final episode shouldn’t surprise me, but at this point, who knows.
What did you make of episode 11 of Tsuki ga Kirei? Did you enjoying the move away from Akane and Kotarou’s relationship for a while or did you miss it? And what would you like to see happen in the final episode, how is this show going to end? Let me know all of your thoughts down in the comments.