Erica Friedman wrote:
> >I do wonder about Shimako, though. I'm not convinced that she doesn't
> >*want* to be Shiori. Sei's indifference hurts her. When she's reunited
> >with Sei after her date with Rosa Canina she seems to have been very
> >lost without Sei. It does seem like a more unbalanced partnership than
> >the others.
> I am convinced that she is not hurt by Sei's attitude. In fact, I
> think that
> one of the things that Shimako treasures about Sei is her lack of
> expectations. Although we have never seen her so, I believe that Shimako
> feels terribly burdened by her and other people's expectations. Sei asks
> nothing of Shimako except that she exist - excatly what Shimako wants
> Sei. As long as they both know that the other is in the world, they are
Now that I've read your summary of First Date Triangle this makes more
sense to me. I don't think this comes across in the anime. There's a
lovely symmetry between the two being there for each other but choosing
not to become too close.
Is the First Date Triangle novel translated anywhere?
> And, btw, that's *exactly* what Shizuka says to Shimako in The First Date
> Triangle...so yay to Shizuka for really understanding them.
Losing Shizuka with the third years disappointed me. I like her. Shimako
remains my favorite, though :)
For a moment I feel the coldness
Of everything that’s been taken away.
I put the phone back in the cradle,
I can’t make this okay.