Blue Spring Ride, Episode 7: Honesty

After getting so down on Futaba last week, I was really glad to see an entire episode dealing with her dilemma and her real desire to tell Yuuri the truth.  But further, episode seven of Blue Spring Ride (Ao Haru Ride) continue to showed Futaba’s shortcomings, which are the same we all have.

The show opens as episode six left off, with Kou having stepped off the train to be with Futuba, who has come to terms with her “love” for him.  He notices the scent of her hair.  She falls even more for him and decides she must tell Yuuri that she, too, loves Kou.

But in between, something interesting happens.  Futuba runs into her best friend from middle school.  If you remember back in episode one, Futuba compared herself to Yuuri, having been ostracized during middle school as Yuuri was during high school.  Futuba’s middle school friend had been her only companion, but eventually abandoned her, too, and here we find out it’s because she thought they both liked the same guy.  Futuba makes the connection with Yuuri and Kou and becomes more distressed, wondering what effect all of this will have on their relationships.

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What Futuba fails to realize is that her lack of honesty is already having ripple effects.  Yuuri is worried about Futuba, and so hidden feelings are having an outward impact.  And what if Futuba failed to tell Yuuri about her feelings for Kou until they exploded out into the open?  What kind of effect would secrets revealed have then?

The concept of keeping truths hidden is an important one.  We often think of lies as those false words we say.  But in a world where little white lies are considered an inconvenience or some morality tale rather than a serious concern, it’s no surprise that hiding the truth isn’t also considered lying, even though it’s being dishonest.  And like spoke lies, hidden ones can also hurt people.

Yet, Futuba seems to, perhaps, finally decide to come clean by the end of the episode (though I want to note that her “confession,” in and of itself, won’t be wrong in any way).  And I love how we see her struggle with this decision all the way through, because it elucidates two of her shortcomings which most of us also share.  The first is pride, as Futuba continues to think of how she can best solve the situation without realizing that, as her hidden thoughts begin to impact others, she doesn’t have full control.  And second is selfishness, as Futuba continues to place her desires above Yuuri’s and thinks about how revealing truth will impact herself rather than how Yuuri might be hurt.

To be honest, though, I wonder if most of us would think in the same way…and especially so when we were in high school.

Looking at Futuba’s train of thought reminds me of how selfish and prideful I was as an adolescent, and how far I’ve come because of how the gospel has transformed me.  And even more significant, I see how much more I have to grow, because really, I think of myself first and only too often.  So as annoyed as I’ve become with Futuba, I’m coming to understand that, as with Shinji Ikari, it might be because I see so much humanity (and specifically myself) in her.  And if Ao Haru Ride has led me to think upon such things, all the more power to the selfish shoujo heroine lead.

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TWWK, known to outlaws and lawmen alike as Charles, lives deep in the heart of Texas, where he drives cattle and boot scoots (not really - though he does sport a pair of rattlesnake boots). Somehow in this frontier, he also finds time for his wife, children, and church. Oh, and anime, too.

Posted on 08.18.2014, in Anime, Christianity, Currently Airing and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Ugh. TWWK , methinks you don’t like Futaba, the heroine and prefers Yuri. You do know Futaba, like Yuri, had been ostracized too in middle school.. And it was not because of what she had done ( unlike Yuri)…. it was her sweet personality and beauty. Girls avoided being with her for the simple reason that her “beauty” presented a stark contrast to those less endowed. I don’t get that mindset myself, but I understand the rationale behind it. You don’t really want to introduce your ” crush” to your beautiful friend, ha ha. Basically, it’s simply envy. So , go easy on Futaba. She just wants to have friends and to be liked.

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    • Haha, I wouldn’t say that I dislike Futuba, and I certainly don’t prefer Yuuri over her. She’s just deeply flawed, but the point of my article is that that’s okay – her flaws are similar to our own.

      Although to be honest, at this point of the series, I don’t think Futuba knows what she wants. Her thoughts are very jumbled.

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      • Looks like the anime series is a bit different, just a tweak here and there. In the manga, Futaba does have a bestfriend from middle school, and they now both go to the same high school. But in the manga, Futaba has never thought her classmate BFF and her liked the same guy. Its never mentioned in the manga. They have just naturally become distant because they go to different classes, and while the friend easily makes friends ( she now has a new best friend in her class ) , Futaba finds making friends a bit difficult, fearing that ostracism will happen again. What she does now is to make herself less cute, be loud and unladylike, and tries to please everybody., like, she becomes the errand girl of her new friends. ” Futaba, go to the store and buy bread. ” Futaba, go buy juice. ” And she’ll spend spend her own money to buy the stuff.

        She’s not flawed at all. She’s just a young, nice, innocent girl who likes to have friends . I’m sure her seemingly jumbled thoughts all have something to do with Kou. Now, this guy is what we call deeply flawed. he’s not only a jerk, he’s emotionally troubled.

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