Re: Episode 8
I love that Shizuku was in that ridiculous cosplay for all of this. And Oshima might as well be in cosplay with her hair up like that. Shizuku's relationship with Haru suffers even more, but then starts on the upward angle again near the end. She still values her grades over her social life too much. Her and Natsume need to balance out, instead of being the two extremes. Or ideally, everyone would be a genius like Haru, but I guess that would cost some sanity, since he's definitely got some bigger problems with himself. Poor Oshima continues to be inadvertently jerked around by the eternally clueless Haru, and he's definitely got some impressive charm for multiple girls to have strong feelings for him even with all the shit he pulls toward them. This episode really made me realize how well this series has established all its characters and weaved their relationships together. Every time a new character shows, I think "oh yeah, that will make this situation even more interesting!" And it generally does.
Avatar: Tomoya Okazaki from Clannad/Clannad After Story (courtesy of Jun Kuga/Fudce from The Fandom Post)