Episode six of Ao Haru Ride (Blue Spring Ride) picks up right where episode five left off, dealing with Yuri’s admission to Futuba that she likes Ko. While Yuri tells Shuko the same and deals with the pains and delights of a crush, the scenario puts pressure on Futuba to really think about her feelings toward Ko, and by episode’s end, she lets chance become the final push to catapult her toward admitting to herself that she, too, loves him.
This is one angsty complication, for a couple of reasons. First, Futuba and Yuri have a nice relationship and Yuri is a very nice girl – this is not a typical love triangle where it’s easy to root for one side over the other. And further, it’s uncomfortable knowing that perhaps the only truly kind character among the major ones is going to lose, if not immediately, then eventually. This is Futuba and Ko’s love story, but Yuri and Ko’s.
What’s most appalling, though, is how quickly (in only one day!) that Futuba decides that her feelings are more important than her friendship with Yuri. She doesn’t resist her feelings – Futuba lets herself feel all mushy toward Ko, and with a half-hearted internal apology toward Yuri, ends the day by perhaps making a decision to pursue the object of her affection, this though he’s mostly unkind toward her.
I can chalk it all up to high school immaturity and hormones – and probably should (I was there, too) – but I wonder if we don’t make the same kind of choice that Futuba does, just in different settings. How often do we choose ourselves, making decisions based on emotions – at work, with family, in our relationships. And all too often, selfish decisions can have consequences on co-workers, loved ones, or friends.
What’s ironic in this episode is that Futuba seems to be valuing love most of all, when in reality, she’s choosing emotion (in love) over love (real love). She loves Yuri because they’ve connected as friends. She “loves” Ko because he smells good.
That’s what quick decisions can do to us. While in this shoujo series, all will
possibly almost certainly turn out well, in real life, poor decisions can hurt others and cause long-term pain and distress. But if we know what’s right and good and true, perhaps we can avoid doing what Futuba does, and make choices that build up and demonstrate love, rather than tear down out of a selfish spirit.