if we are still curious about details afterwards, we can go read the manga or something.
It's definitely a Manga that I want!
Episode 3 EDIT. Since its out and all. Quite a slow episode (although its a pretty slow show anyway).
I didn't find it slow at all, at least no slower than the rest - and I'd like to stress that this is slowfood, als opposed to feast-and-forget fastfood like Strike Witches
... speaking of which... hm... later.
It is Saori's "attitude problem" that's creating a certain level of tension among characters, although it does not seem to turn out in a way that you would expect. Saori is outspoken and she displays her emotions with hardly any brakes attached. What's interesting are her nuances as displayed in episode 3.
She says to Momo: "Atashi wa anta no koto nan ka daikirai yo"
("I kinda hate you!"
and to Chizuru: "Anata no koto mo suki ja nai"
("I don't like you, too"
First off we have the easily recognized difference between hating someone and not liking a person.
What's more important,imho, is that Saori adresses Momo as "anta"
while she uses "anata"
for Chizuru. "Anata", meaning "you" amongst acquaintances and friends, is standard language and therefore more polite than the rather casual, in this case no doubt condescending, short form "anta" (which, as you might remember from Evangelion
, was the form of adress used by Asuka for Shinji).
I am very eager to see how Saori's relationship to the rest of the main characters will develop.
Even more amazing is Chizuru's reaction: "Nan ka hakkiri-shita hito, yappari Chi-chan ano hito ga suki da yo."
("She's so outspoken, I really like her after all!")
I did not expect her to show such feminine traits, but I think this emphasizes the point that she has found her way to keep the golden mean, so to speak, between the various established gender-typical behaviorisms.
(I don't mean to be sexist, but according to my personal experience women eventually want their men outspoken and decisive.)
Mako confirmed to be gender confused as well, I was wondering if he was from episode two due to the whole hairclip thing.
I can't agree to that unless you give me concrete evidence.
Mako said in episode 2: "Boku tte, otoko no hito ga suki na no ka na..."
("I wonder whether I rather like men"
) (it's the "hairclip thing" scene you are referring to at about 13:00 min.).
So he's not sure about being homosexual, he is not confused about his gender.
Transgender people feel like they were born in the wrong body, but homosexuals are very much aware of their biological gender. Both types like partners of their own gender, but the psychological reasons and their respective selfawareness are somewhat different.
So far I'm willing to contribute anything he says in episode 3 to the Tôsakugeki (invert theater?) rehearsal that they do, and even if he considers himself the "feminine" part of a future homosexual relationship it does not constitute "gender-confusion".
It stops becoming so simple when your genders become more physically defined and its already having its mental impact on Yoshino.
And I think it's a relatively harmless kind of impact. The impact of puberty on male transgenders is more severe, and not just a few kill themselves when they hit puberty and find their voice tuned to a very unladylike base frequency of about 100 Hz.
I read in a serious German paper that there is a hormone treatment that delays puberty up to two years and if the patient after that time is still willing to have his/her sex changed it will be done, and it will only be done after that delay. But it's legal and possible to leave the unwanted biological gender behind with hardly a trace left.
Speaking of physical changes, I was also surprised by how "literary" they got with the dialogue scene of Shûichi and Yoshino in the infirmary, where they say or at least strongly imply that they preferred to have the respective other's appearance, with regard to the chest.
Shûichi's dream sequence, in which he imagines everybody being turned into the opposite sex and where she is having tea with a happy looking Yoshino, came across just as strong imho. I am impressed with the tactfulness and discretion with which the authors plead the case.