Welcome back to Day 8 of 12 Days of Anime! Man, the days are really starting to fly by now. So far I have somehow managed to stay ahead so the posts are not written the day of. And…I probably just jinxed it. Crap.
Onto the real reason we are here. I have mentioned it before, but I have a standing rule that I usually do not write about an anime until I have finished watching it. That mostly comes from the fact that I do a lot of reviews here and I hate to write a long post about something I am halfway through only to have the rest of the show change my mind drastically. However, after recently starting to watch Tada Never Falls in Love, I just felt the urge to write a post about Kaoru. Plus, no matter what the rest of the show does I doubt they can somehow come in and mess it up. So, today for Day 8 of 12 Days of Anime we are going to talk about Kaoru Ijuin and how he turned out to be the best friend a person could have.
Like I said before, I have not finished Tada Never Falls in Love. At the moment of writing this, I have only seen up to episode 7 so I have no idea what happens beyond that. I am really enjoying it so far but had to put watching it on hold for a while because all of my free time has been spent working on my 12 Days of Anime posts. Which basically means that I had to put off watching a show to work on a series of posts that includes one about the show I had to put off watching. I have been enjoying the show so far and find it funny and the cast of character’s interactions are quite intriguing as well. Each character has something they bring to the story that sets them apart from everyone else. One of which is Kaoru Ijuin.
Kaoru is introduced as a pompous pretty boy who if I met on the street would probably avoid at all costs. He is flirty and can be just too much sometimes. He is instantly made somewhat relatable when Nyanko Big attacks him every time he sees Kaoru, despite all Kaoru wanting to do was pet him. We also see how much being Tada’s best friend means to him by him crying when Tada says that if he was ever interested in a girl it would be Kaoru he goes to for advice. He also happens to always be more than happy to help with something that involves his best friend without too much argument. He wants to be there for Tada in every single way he can so that Tada feels like he has someone always in his corner.
When the preview for the Kaoru Ijuin show episode came on, I was reluctant to watch it because I had thought it would just be Kaoru showing off about his birthday or something to boost his own ego. Boy was I wrong. In that episode, we learn that Kaoru does this show every year on the anniversary of the day Tada’s parents died. He started doing it because he wanted to cheer up his friend. Kaoru realized what Tada was going through was not going to be easy and brought it upon himself as Tada’s best friend to make him feel better. Of course, he waits until after they visit the gravesite every year, but as soon as they are home it easily becomes a day where Tada and his sister can forget about the loss that they suffered. Even when Tada tells Kaoru he really does not need to do the Kaoru Ijuin Show every year, Kaoru refuses because the day is about making his best friend happy.
Despite it being the “Kaoru Ijuin Show” the day itself is not about Kaoru. To outsiders, it may be what seems to be a narcissistic ploy to show how wonderful he is when behind it is nothing but pure intentions. That makes Kaoru so much better of a character because we see that there is way more to him under the surface than the pompous jerk that was first introduced. This is not the first time that I wrote about a great best friend this week, and while Kaoru did not go as far as Hide did he still helped his friend when he needed him most.
Losing someone you love is hard and losing both parents on the same day is something I cannot even imagine. You know it had to be hard for the Tada siblings to go through. One of the worst things is the death anniversaries. They always end up making you remember the person you lost and can hurt a lot. Which is not a bad thing, that is okay, but it just makes it harder. Taking your mind off of it is the best thing you can do for yourself, and having your friend do something random every year is a good way to get your mind off of it. I imagine that it had to be the same for Tada and his sister. Kaoru doing the show every year helped them overcome an awful tragedy that would be hard for anyone to cope with, let alone at such a young age. Now it may not be something they are completely over, but Kaoru’s show probably makes the day a lot easier for the two of them to get through.
We all deserve a friend like Kaoru and writing this makes me want to go text my best friend because when my grandma passed, she played a big role in helping me move on from that. She was a shoulder to lean on and somehow always knew what to do on my bad days to cheer me up. Kaoru is such a good friend that finding out his real motives for doing the Kaoru Ijiun show every year made me cry. That pure desire to help made Kaoru my favorite character in Tada Never Falls in Love and one of my favorites of the year.
That is all that I have for Day 8 of 12 Days of Anime. Let me know what you guys think though! What do you think of Kaoru? Do you have a best friend who would do something so selfless like Kaoru did for Tada? Who is your favorite character in Tada Never Falls in Love? Anything else? Let me know down below!
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