White Album episode 7 ~ “The image that needs to be kept strong”

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And I am sure that this week’s title also means a lot for this episode although this time round it is less obvious. Not surprisingly I ended up asking myself just what it being meant by the image being built up and have come to the conclusion that it is relating to Touya in a few ways. Yet the one I feel most strongly on is the literal sense of his own “personal image” being built upon as we have in this episode, his damn lies again to someone who is easily smarter than he is. I think it rather outlines his imperfectness as a human being which isn’t anything to stress about, it just brings along a heap load of sweet drama later on.

Surprisingly this episode seemed to lacked more of those important “inner thoughts” from Touya which I am so fond of, especially when he so hilariously contradicts himself. But for what was present in this episode, I guess I will start with them again.

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He is sounding like an old person

So rather than listening to Touya’s story of how he failed in the past to get to what he is now (and I mean begging a kid to give him a job), which is by no means anything to be proud of, I think he is being rather unnecessarily boastful about his own poor state to a junior. I mean if you are supposed to use your own life story to teach someone a lesson I think an example of success would be better but this just proves the case of Touya “building on his image” however wrong it is; sadly Mana doesn’t know the truth herself. And the way he is making out his father to be, it is as if he threw him out of the house right after his mother died which I don’t believe is the case (otherwise the father needs to be locked up for being just as screwed up as Haruka). Somewhere down the line I think Touya is playing the “I had a tragic past yet I prevailed through hard work” card and the crumbling part of that is obviously the statement being a lie.

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I wonder why but I can’t seem to bring myself to believe that

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And lo and behold he even shoots himself in the leg by doubting his own words

But I must say that Mana in this episode turned out to be less innocent than expected…or rather it is still quite cliched for her “family problems” to be like this. So it turned out that she is quite the spoilted princess from a rich family although the downside of that being that her parents are neglecting her greatly. I am rather sitting on the fence as to who is right or wrong as in my eyes both sides are being unresponsible. For Mana, she is obviously seeking the warmth of her family more that a life of luxury as she would rather eat MacDs rather than some first class sushi…

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What a waste ;_______;

But on the otherhand, her parents are probably working so hard to give her such a good life even if they aren’t there to share it. One can easily over see the kindness of their parents and in this case it may be true for Mana as well. Understandable though and hence why I place the blame on both sides and it does depend on the parents side of the story too for a full opinion on this. Actually this situation reminds me of a similar case in GTO where the girl also throws a dish of sushi into the bin causing high amounts of LULZ for the viewer. Ultimately though if Mana’s parents are so neglectful an focused on their jobs then I do question the reason for giving birth to Mana in the first place. One way you can see that they are caring in an indirect way, another that they are just plain irresponsible as parents.

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Chances are, mana probably wanted some plain old home cooking and I know that feeling…

Other than this it does seem that she is highly intelligent that surprises even Touya for someone who “isn’t trying” at all…

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Did Touya just get owned?

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Sadly, the same can’t be said for the man himself as I would hardly call someone with a green dot on their forehead a bright spark…lol at Mana’s abuse by the way :p

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And whilst I’m on about this part of the episode lets take a look at his pathetic way of begging to a junior *rolleyes*

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Asides that Mana also seems to have a good eye for seeing through “fakeness” as what she said here points out, what I believe is, the bunch of bullies that are currently annoying Yayoi and me. They all need a bitch slapping soon yet Touya here distinctively called them cute…I loled.

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Not to mention always stabbing Touya where it hurts😄

And now onto what Misaki has been doing in this episode. Well to put it simply, she really didn’t do much this time round asides from invading into Touya’s “home” and impressing his old man…

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I’m so tempted to crack a bad joke about this…but from Touya’s perspective he probably never seen his old man smile like this since his mother died, makes me wonder why he threw Touya out to fend for himself.

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I’d say you had pretty wolf-ish eyes yourself

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Although Touya’s father comes across as the cold hearted type, the actual fact is…he is a cold hearted person and it has nothing to do with tough love or anything *laughs*. If he thought that Misaki is just too nice of a girl for his son then he would probably have a heart attack to hear about his other girls (namely Rina chan being added into there).

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Just do it!

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Misaki’s only major part in this episode was when she found out that Touya is familiar with another girl other than herself, Yuki or Haruka. In fact ignoring that she might not have clicked when Touya called the girl Rina as in the idol Rina, the “chan” was more than enough to make any normal girl in love jealous that she doesn’t get the same treatment. I think Misaki’s reaction to Touya was rather natural yet abit selfish herself…then again no human is perfect. But Misaki really shot herself in the foot of being in the spotlight any longer when instead of waiting for Touya and asking about his friend, she left the cafe in a hurry.

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At least he can read the atmosphere

As much as Misaki was in the wrong for just leaving like that, Touya also shares the same wrong by effectively “ditching” your friend for another. Considering that he was the only company she had at the time it was rather inconsiderate of him to just leave without saying anything as much as “excuse me for a moment”.

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But now Misaki is mad and she is worsening her own situation be ignoring Touya when he finally manages to make time from his “very busy” schedule to call her and say sorry. As I said before, Touya is the type who tries too hard to impress everyone but ends up doing more harm since there just isn’t enough of him to go around. So he very easily hurts the feelings of girl be being naturally inconsiderate to everything other than what is in front of his eyes at that point in time. Misaki just cut off her own connection with Touya for the time being and if she think that he would give a damn, she is rather wrong…since he has many more people lined up seeking his help not to mention the Rina situation in front of him.

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Speaking about Rina, this is the perfect time to assess the situation with her and her touble making (and nutty) brother. I find it interesting that Rina is now doing so much to become the part of “cupid” but this in itself is a major mine field. I suppose Rina wants to start singing now to help Yuki in her career from what is implied (that means she wants to sing in a duet with Yuki or at least what I think she means). Although this is with all good intentions, I can’t help but feel that it will backfire when it turns out that she didn’t do it out of care for Yuki, but as a subconcious matter to get closer to Touya. I do wonder why she has taken a liking to Touya when there are some many other guys out there…especially when she knows that Yuki is tied to Touya, I can’t help but think she still wants to slip into there by making more appearances in front of him.

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Did she or didn’t she say that?

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Well her brother doesn’t think so

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So lets have a look at Yuki’s side of the story since I believe that she has no reason to lie about what Rina told her as an encouragement. Surprisingly I don’t see much different in both statements made by Rina or Yuki except that what Yuki said she was told seemed more of a roundabout way than what Rina said. From what I see the way Rina claim what she had said to Yuki was more of her own feelings and probably an indication that Yuki risks losing someone if she didn’t hurry up and get this recording finished whilst Yuki’s account was the sugar coated version of what Rina actually meant. Do I smell someone being double faced?

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So she is thinking about trading fame for a boyfriend?

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War may be pushing it a bit too far but I do fear Rina doing something extreme to become more friendlier with Touya since that puts her in the wrong when Yuki hasn’t done anything wrong; as much as I hate to say it being a Rina fan myself.

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Self implied diet with Yuki?

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But before any kind of war can be seen I think Rina really is out there to help Yuki and Touya to get together. Of course the other way you can see this is that she became jealous (just like Misaki) and wanted to eliminate any bit of competition in the future. Surely I believe in the former…

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Hitting home with the “truth”

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Yet another ironic statement from Touya

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I do believe that Touya feels the pressure from being supervised more than Yuki actually. He even looks like he is on the verge of snapping but then again he did choose to help Misaki over going to meet with Yuki on that night. He really doesn’t want to place the blame on himself but that again is natural…

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I laughed

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Well at least Touya didn’t totally forget about Misaki (and it is her fault for pouting and not pick the call)

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And then we have Haruka…oh poor Haruka who is like an abandoned puppy. Nothing much can be said for her except that she is just broken in everyway and needs help. But with Touya being Touya, she was used for convenience and forgotten whenever that convenience wore off, in fact I have once heard him say thanks to Haruka for the help she has given him.

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A sign that shows that she really sees Touya as a brother than as a lover

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irrelevent but funny as heck

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And in the end, Touya’s heart wavers yet again. Oh hell is going to break loose soon and this may or may not be a part of Rina’s plan.

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