One of the things I try to teach young people I mentor is to question the culture. Question the church. Question authority. Why do you do the things you do? Why do you believe the things you believe? Are they in line what with you believe is true, or do you just accept them blindly?
I was thinking about that whole process of questioning during episode seven of Tsuki ga Kirei. For those that aren’t watching, Akane is dating Kotaro; Chinatsu, Akane’s friend, knows this, but also likes Kotaro. Chinatsu told Akane that she’s going to pursue him anyway, and during the latest episode, tried her best to become closer with Kotaro while steering Akane toward a different guy.
Obviously, I immediately think that Akane is in the right here and Chinatsu in the wrong. The series, however, seems to want us to believe that Chinatsu might not be in the wrong – she’s an innocent soul (to some extent); she is striving to grow as a person and best Akane, whom she sees as a rival; and the title of the episode itself is “Hold Back Nothing When Taking Love.”
And so, to follow that creed of questioning everything, I asked myself whether Chinatsu had a point. I have an opinion about that, but I’d rather hear yours. So please comment below and tell me: Is all fair in love and war?
For those watching Tsuki ga Kirei, is what Chinatsu doing okay? Does Akane and/or Kotaro bear some of the blame for the situation?
For those not watching, is it ever okay to pursue someone in a relationship? What if both people in the relationship know that this third person is doing so?