|Guess where Kenji's hands are!|
Viewing this show from another standpoint up to this episode, it's evident that most of the attention is focused on Mei and Yamato. Having the spotlight mainly focused on the two of them causes certain discrepancies which may become more of an annoyance for some, but overlooked by others. I myself don't mind that most of the other characters are portrayed as pitifully depressing, whether it be in regards to their mannerisms or overall past lives. Nevertheless, Aiko's desire for Yamato keeps coming back to haunt us, causing unrest in the story, which in this case, is a positive thing as it spices things up instead of focusing the story on the two individuals which, would undoubtedly become increasingly dry. The fact that Mei stood up for Aiko serves as a testament to how well she's adapting to her new surroundings, and this integration of character interaction works flawlessly.
We are introduced to Hayakawa Kakeru, our rude player of the show who attempts to make a move on Mei, open-mouthed chewing included. Disgusting? You bet. He gets punched by Yamato later on, so all is well. Moral of the story: don't chew with your mouth open.
Obviously Sukitte Ii na yo isn't a show for everyone, even for those who enjoy shoujo. It contains new concepts never-before applied to shoujo anime, but it works, and it works rather effectively. It's rather unfortunate that not everyone can see the simple beauty and and light-hearted emotions this show possesses, but for those who are following this show, I'm sure this will definitely end up being a memorable one.