‘Komi Can’t Communicate’ Episode 12 – “It’s just the cultural festival”

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Komi can’t communicate Episode 12 is a Netflix Original Japanese anime directed by Ayumu Watanabe and Animated by Studio OLM. This comedy slice of life anime is an adaptation of the popular manga series written and illustrated by Tomohito Oda. The dubbing cast for the Komi can’t communicate consists of Aoi Koga (Love is war) like Shouko Komi, Gakuto Kajiwara (Fire force) like Hitohito Tadano, and Rie Murakawa (Re: Zero) like Najimi Osana.

Komi can’t communicate focuses on Shouko Komi, a high school student who suffers from extreme social anxiety. Although almost everyone considers her the most popular girl in their school for her elegance, icy gaze, and stoic beauty. Fortunately, her classmate Tadano is the first person to realize that Komi suffers from social anxiety and makes her poor at communicating. Which affected his ability to bond with others and make friends. The truth is, Komi doesn’t want to be seen as popular or unapproachable. All she really wanted were friends. And so Tadano makes it his mission to help Komi in his quest to make 100 friends.

Episode 12 marks the conclusion of the first season of Komi cannot communicate. In this episode, all the work that Komi and her classmates put into the cultural festival pays off when their attraction seems to be the most popular throughout the school. Meanwhile, it looks like Najimi is up to something fishy that requires Komi’s help.

Komis overall I Can’t Communicate Episode 12 doesn’t really stand out as a season finale, which doesn’t make it bad in any way. I just felt that in the season finale the story would have a bigger impact to close the season. Although I loved how the bonus segment works towards the end of the episode in the ending and opening themes. I felt it was a nice touch to mark the final episode of the season. Other, Episode 12 was still a pretty good watch and I always highly recommend checking it out. This episode pretty much stays on course where we last left off with Komi and her friends at the cultural festival. Thus, the public can enjoy other moments in the life of Komi and his friends working at the cultural festival and discovering other attractions themselves.

While this episode doesn’t change things much on a story level, it does set things up well for romance to develop more in certain relationships with the characters. One of my favorite things that I have always appreciated about Komi can’t communicate, before it’s even adapted into an anime, it’s that it takes time to get to the romance. I’m happy to see the anime follow suit and take their time building the romance instead of rushing things.

Personally, I find this pace of romance development more interesting because it feels more natural to me to slowly watch Komi and Tadano’s relationship. Although the slow pace means the audience will have to put up with Komi and Tadano’s recurring gag without worrying about each other’s feelings. Which is generally fun in certain situations. For example, Im Episode 12 the loving feelings that build up between Komi and Tadano become more and more evident, even if they ignore it themselves. So much so that other characters began to notice them and support them, especially in this episode. There is a moment when Tadano casually calls Komi pretty, which causes her to blush profusely. While Tadano is slightly confused, Onemine teases him for being so observant but still so obvious at the same time.

I really admire Aoi Koga’s work as Komi not only in this episode for this entire season. I can only imagine how difficult it can be to express a character who doesn’t say much. Whether it’s the little squeaks, nervous sighs and / or gasps that match Komi’s reactions perfectly. Or by uttering the rare full sentences Komi utters in a nervous stutter with a pounding heart. Aoi Koga does an amazing job capturing Komi as a character through and through.

Finally, I urge audiences to stay tuned for the opening credits of the announcement and the heartfelt tribute at the end of this episode. By now you may or may not have heard the news that Komi can’t communicate gets a second season. So it was good and difficult to have characters giving the announcement directly. However, what really hit me in the very last seconds of the episode was the special message before the announcement. The message read: “This is dedicated to anyone who has ever felt their chest tighten while trying to communicate.”

I feel like newcomers and longtime fans of Komi can’t communicate may take something away from this message. It’s a reminder that this show is for and about people who have difficulty communicating. Maybe there are people who have gone through the same or similar anxieties or challenges communicating like Komi. Or there are some people who can relate to the feeling of chest tightness when it comes to communicating every now and then. Either way, I felt the post was a beautiful and perfect way to tell fans that they are not alone as the first season wraps up.

Komi Can’t Communicate Episode 12 doesn’t stand out too much as a season finale story, but makes a great setup for the next season when it comes to romance. But it shakes things up with opening and ending themes in a cool and entertaining way. The post-credit scenes set up for a book a heartfelt message to fans I know I’m very excited to see what’s going to happen for Komi and her friends next season for KA as well as delivering a heartfelt message to fans who have maybe felt a deeper connection to the series.

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