A few episodes ago, I’d wondered to myself what Yui would be like after graduation. I wondered what she might be like all grown up, as an adult. I wondered why it was so hard to picture Yui and her future. And then I realized: this is Yui we’re talking about. She’s unreliable, irresponsible, completely dependent on her younger sister, and a Space Cadet. Her best bet would probably be to marry rich.
This week’s episode was a personification of just that. Not the marrying rich part; just the question of Yui’s future.
It begins with Yui still working on her Futures Plan (or whatever its proper and technical name is). I imagine it’s the equivalent to completing a career path in your last year of high school so that your teacher/guidance counsellor can better help you choose a college/university to apply to. Much like Yui, I didn’t know what I wanted to do in high school, nor did I really care where I went for university. Thankfully for me, entering university with an “undeclared major” was totally acceptable. Poor Yui: You might hate English, but maybe you should have been born in North America where the general ambition for higher education is pretty low (and largely taken for granted). Luckily for Yui, Ritsu is just like her. I guess they can be NEETs together.
I always knew Mugi was smart but again she manages to impress me. Why isn’t there more love and focus for this girl? She’s clearly a supporting star in need of more attention. (I still can’t wait for her vocal solo in Honey Sweet Tea Time.) She, like some of the other girls in their class, has lofty goals for post secondary education (that is, education after the high school level); unlike some of the other girls, I think Mugi will have no trouble getting into her school of choice. Though it raises the issue that our girls might not be together following graduation.
There were quite a few flashbacks this episode, looking into Yui’s childhood and how she met Nodoka (and how Nodoka’s been looking after her since), as well as when Mio met Ritsu. We didn’t learn anything ground-breaking, but it was all worth it to see Mio when she was little. The other girls were cute too, but Mio is just adorable. (Her socks are cute too!) In all instances, we can see that while change has taken place in each of these girls’ character traits, they are still aspects that are the same. Ritsu is loud and likes to tease Mio; Mio has moments where she’s shy and she doesn’t like too much attention. Nodoka is ever reliable, keeping Yui out of trouble, and Yui… hasn’t changed. Just kidding: her hair has changed.
No conclusion as to what Yui will be, but I wasn’t surprised to see “musician” as her last listed aspiration. Being a musician is much harder than she thinks, probably, plus she wouldn’t be able to do it alone unless she learns to compose music and write lyrics. (I suppose you could hire people to do those things though…?) It was a noble try though considering it was one of the few things that she actually thought for herself that she wanted to do. I guess we’ll find out soon enough what she ends up choosing (and what Sawa-sensei approves as her choice).
For now, Yui will remain Yui with a bright future as a NEET. Or she could still marry rich.
…at your future, Yui.