It’s probably not a good thing when Nakamura approves of your date.
It’s sad to say this, but I think posting this on Monday and delaying Hunter x Hunter to Tuesday will be common until work stops hammering me on Fridays and Saturdays. Writing is difficult when you lack the energy to do it! I do have next Sunday off, though, so perhaps I will shift things a day earlier. We’ll see! (I would have done so this week, but I spent yesterday watching all the Evangelion rebuild flicks. Worth it!)
Oh, Kasuga. I had to chuckle a bit when he assumed that the reason Nakamura wanted to dress him in Saeki’s gym clothes was that she was jealous of his suddenly kickin’ love life. Silly boy, that’s the normal person reaction! (Well, being jealous is the normal reaction, anyway. I’m not sure how normal forcing someone to wear another person’s gym clothes is.) Nakamura is more interested in the squirming and terror, and in transforming Kasuga into someone who, like her, does not give a fuck anymore. Wearing a girl’s gym clothes is one path to being less uptight, I suppose.
In a weird way, too, Nakamura is providing a path for Kasuga to be calmer around Saeki. He might have been OK before, but let’s face it, Kasuga’s put Saeki on a pedestal and worshiped her, so out of fear of getting closer, their date probably would have been bland as bland can be. Every little thing would be something to worry about, because, after all, one little misstep would mean that he looks like a total loser in front of Saeki! So he’s frozen; doing nothing means he can’t look like a loser. But he can’t look cool, either. With Saeki’s gym clothes on, though, he has one thing to focus all his worries on — making sure Saeki doesn’t know he’s wearing her gym clothes. (Which, honestly, is probably not that difficult considering how easy they are to hide. Someone who is panicking isn’t going to think that clearly, though, so I can’t really ding Kasuga here.)
This date may go miserably, but afterward, Kasuga can look back and know that compared to your date finding out that you are wearing her gym clothes that you stole from her, spending some time with a girl is small beans. Perhaps. That’s probably not how things will go, and maybe not what Nakamura intends at all, but sussing out the positives in a shit situation is a nice exercise every so often. Nakamura does say, at least, that she wants to tear down all the walls that Kasuga has built around himself. Maybe her ways are sinister, but her ends not so much? Who knows?
It’s pretty clear, though, that Kasuga does need a push to become a calmer person. He sealed Saeki’s gym clothes in a box with a poem he wrote thanking her for absolving him of his sins. Kids are silly.
Whatever help Nakamura may or may not provide, there’s no denying that she gets some kicks from bossing Kasuga around and making his life miserable. At least she’s honest about where he stands with her. Kasuga’s peers, on the other hand . . . well, it wasn’t a surprise to see them so gossipy and aloof following his outburst. What I like about that scene is that it shows how dumb child-forged power castes are. Everyone is unified against Kasuga because he speaks in support of the class weirdo, but then the popular girl greets him, and all of a sudden it’s like, “Wait, are we supposed to be cool with this guy or hate him? I’m confused.” Kids are dumb, don’t let anyone ever tell you any different. (But adults are also dumb.)