Warning! This review on Horimiya Chapter twelve contains spoilers. If you haven't seen the episode yet, I recommend watching it and then going back to read the review.
Page 12. Until now and forever
Horimiya Chapter 12 begins with Yoshikawa, who reveals that Tooru wasn't as common as he thought. For her part, Kyoko wonders if Miyamura will be spending Christmas with her and her family, but it won't be possible because of work. For his part, Tooru ponders how everyone sees their relationship with Yuki. In the end, he comes to the conclusion that they are fine at the moment as they are. Christmas Day is difficult for Sengoku, who does not want to go to Remi because he is afraid of the insects he has. Everyone else goes on the date in their own way. Miyamura can go home to Hori for a while, but she can't stay long. Kyoko accompanies part of the way back to Izumi and asks him to stay together even after graduation. Miyamura suggests marriage as an answer. At the end, they both visit the temple for the new year and talk again about their future together.
Right now it's fine
It seems we should keep our finger on the line when it comes to the comfort we need in relationships. While there seem to be some unspoken rules about how we should progress in our personal relationships, none of them are mandatory. After all, every relationship is different, it's normal for them to develop at their own pace. When we speak of Yuki and Tooru's relationship specifically, we know that neither of them is still directly professing their love. Regardless, there is a strong bond of appreciation, trust, and affection between the two, although this may seem like a friendship, they and everyone around them know that there is something more. If you stick to these unwritten relationship rules, the two of you should take the next step and formalize your relationship. The problem arises when both of them find it isn't necessary for them.
Here comes an element that we discussed in the previous review, the comfort we experience in interacting and the closeness that it implies. By interacting with others, we are exposed and it is up to us to determine how well that works for us. While there are people who are comfortable and content with the labeling of their relationships, there are people who don't need it because as long as it works, they don't need it anymore. Of course, it must be said that this is tentative because time increases selfishness and the need for belonging is born or grows. For now, Tooru and Yuki can still be more than friends and less than friends. It's fine and works for them. However, the day will come when it will no longer be enough and you will have to rethink your situation. But by that day that I arrived, both of you can make it work and their relationship will surely develop naturally.
The best thing about this episode is that the direction of the script makes one thing clear: your choice is how you want to advance your relationship. In the end, it's up to you to find the best way to be satisfied, and nothing good ever gets away with comparing yourself to others or getting carried away by others' opinions. A relationship consists of only two, and as long as both agree and are satisfied there should be nothing more to say.
The future we are building
We have a total turnaround and have Hori and Miyamura, the couple who keep moving forward and strengthening their bond without being afraid to express themselves. Both have shown that appreciation for the other will overcome any barrier. And it is so that everyone was rediscovered in the other. So it's not surprising that their relationship changes with each new phase they face. Now that you are just a few steps away from graduation, it is clear that things will change and the future will soon catch up with you. However, this is not an obstacle as both of them are very clear about what they want and that is, to stick together. They will no longer be students, their relationship will have to change to achieve this transformation, and while it may have been a bit of an exaggeration, marriage isn't entirely the wrong answer. Well, in the end they want an eternal union.
It is up to everyone to strive for the future they long for. It is clear that when the future we see before us is one with someone else, the effort will not be just one. But without effort there will be no reward. We can put Shindou at this point, because even without going too deeply into him and Chika, we know that both are dealing with the separation, since he has to stay at the institute for another year. This is an unfortunate situation because it will test your relationship. However, it is still true that there is a way where there is a will. Of course, Shindou will have to strive to get through the next year, but Chika must also strive to keep her will and wait for that extra year. For every couple, the efforts and obstacles they face are always different, but everyone thinks about the future ahead of them.
Horimiya Chapter twelve was a wonderful episode, very charming and, I would say, full of romance. There is no doubt that this chapter was one that many of us wanted to see animated. Obviously, the reason is Izumi's suggestion. In general, the episode got along very well, of course there were jumps between scenes, but much better cared for this time. The animation left no discomfort, the colors and play of light used for the proposal were the best of the chapter. There is no doubt that this episode will be considered one of the best in this anime, maybe the best in my opinion.
Before I finish with that, I have to say that I loved the comic book touch in the midst of all of this romantic development. Obviously that comic strip role was left to Sengoku, his insect fear almost earned him a new headbutt from Miyamura. It was a very tragic-comic detail that in the end it was Sakura who had to convince Sengoku to go to Draw's house. As an extra, it was nice, if a little unnecessary, that they staged the scene of Yanagi and Yuki's sister, took so many things away and left them behind, they are very funny.
So far, I'll leave you with the usual questions: What did you think of this chapter? Have you fallen in love with Miyamura yet? Do you think any relationship should be defined right away, or is it okay to wait? What is your opinion on Izumi's proposal?