The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior: Episode 6 – “Could It Be?”

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior focuses on Kazunari Usa, a first-year high school student who moves into a dorm. It turns out that the girl he likes, Ritsu Kawai, also lives there, along with a pervert named Shirosaki, the drunk and lovelorn Mayumi, and the childish and mischievous Sayaka.

Shirosaki ends up being the main focus of Episode Six. He gets a call from the police, because the owner of a wallet he had found and turned in at the police box claimed it and wanted to meet with him to thank him.

The next day, a grade school girl named Chinatsu and her mother come over to give him a token of their appreciation. The mother looks uncomfortable being around Shirosaki and wants to leave as soon as possible. When Sumiko-san offers pudding, Chinatsu says she wants to stay and she sends her mother home.

Chinatsu sees Shirosaki working on a Pythagoras device and starts asking questions. She takes an interest and starts coming over every day to help him with it. Things get complicated when she tells Shirosaki that she thinks she’s in love with him. He tells her he’s glad to hear it, and he hopes she’ll tell him again when she’s nine years older. When Chinatsu is by herself, Mayumi decides to take it upon herself to try to talk Chinatsu out of her feelings for Shirosaki. This ultimately ends with Chinatsu running off in tears.

Chinatsu quits coming by. One day as Kazunari and Ritsu are walking, they see Chinatsu and a group of girls who walk by and shut her out. It ends up being up to Ritsu and the others at Kawai House to help Chinatsu with her friendship issue.

I have to admit that I was a little weirded out when Chinatsu confessed feelings for Shirosaki, but was relieved to discover at the end that she had done that as a way to escape from being shut out from her friends.

This ended up being an interesting episode due to the fact that Kazunari and Ritsu weren’t the main focus of the story. Instead, this is a story that focused very heavily on Shirosaki and allowed the audience to see that there’s a little more to him than simply being the weird pervert. Sure, we saw some of that personality in this episode, but we also got to see him acting a bit more normal when he was around Chinatsu.

This episode also was a little more on the serious side compared to the previous five episodes. There were the occasional bits of humor, but the seriousness of the story was much more prominent here. It ended up being a nice change of pace for the series, but I hope Episode Seven will return to focusing on Kazunari and Ritsu.

The Kawai Complex Guide to Manors and Hostel Behavior has been an enjoyable viewing experience so far, and I hope it continues to be so as the series progresses.

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