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cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: August 1st, 2014 04:17 am (UTC) (Link)
This is where we differ. I thought the episode really firmed up Nagisa. Yes, he was due some character development, but I thought the show handled his character-development episode very well. I can relate became I come from an Asian family where its straight-As or nothing and having burned out in college.

I'm glad Nagisa's struggle was parental pressure and studying. Those are huge themes, and a real struggle for many, and it made Nagisa feel a lot more real. I like him much better now.

And it makes me think that because Nagisa is so attached to Haru and Makoto, he and Gou probably won't really discover each other until the boys part ways after high school.
mellowcandle From: mellowcandle Date: August 1st, 2014 03:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm white as white bread, and the oldest, and I was also subject to pressure about grades and college and have been told on more than one occasion that I'm a worthless failure because I *gasp* chose to quit a job I hated and be a housewife. So it's not that it's not relateable and believable, just that it's been done sooooo much. At least they didn't go full on Dead Poets Society about it, because that would have been dark.
cal_reflector From: cal_reflector Date: August 1st, 2014 03:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hmmm... for some reason I don't think it's over done. Just goes to show you the difference in perspectives. The other thing is: You wouldn't have expected Nagisa to be the one who struggled with parental pressure and studying. Rei would have been the natural candidate; he's the one who wears the glasses. Nagisa just doesn't look the part of the stifled bookworm; the unexpectedness is refreshing. Seeing how lifeless he looked in his middle school flashbacks made me go all "I feel you man."

I like this side of Nagisa. He was too sugary for me before, now he's balanced, like sprinkling some bitter chocolate on top of ice cream. Yeah.

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