Komi Can’t Communicate Episode 23 Review – But Why?

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Komi can’t communicate episode 23 is a japanese Netflix Original Anime directed by Ayumu Watanabe and animated by Studio OLM. This slice-of-life comedy anime is an adaptation of the popular manga series created by Tomohito Oda. The dubbing cast for Komi can’t communicate consists of Aoi Koga (Love is War) as Shouko Komi, Gakuto Kajiwara (Fire Force) as Hitohito Tadano, and Rie Murakawa (Re:Zero) as Najimi Osana.

In Komi can’t communicate episode 23, Komi’s friend/occasional stalker Ran Yamai notices that Shoko’s tights have torn and rushes to her aid with a spare pair. However, Yamai seems to have a darker ulterior motive for coming to help Komi. Meanwhile, Komi tries her best not to be embarrassed after the Valentine’s Day aftermath with Tadano in the previous episode. Unfortunately, she can’t stop replaying the chocolate exchange in her head over and over. Komi helps and also manages to befriend two other classmates. A girl with a demonic anger problem and another girl whose helpful nature is exploited by other students.

I wasn’t too impressed with some parts of the episode as far as storytelling goes. However, I appreciated that Episode 23 resumes the events of the previous episode. In this episode, we see the consequences of giving Tadano his Valentine’s Day chocolates. However, the storyline ends abruptly with Komi fleeing in embarrassment, never revisited for the rest of the episode. Ending so suddenly made the skit feel unresolved and didn’t feel like it added much to the episode.

Luckily, this problem doesn’t continue for the rest of the episode, and more skits come full circle with a resolution. For example, when Komi and Tadano disagree on something minor, tension builds between them. This incident is the first time that Komi and Tadano have been at odds, let alone in conflict. Although it was subtle, it was interesting to see how they would work it out as friends. Also, I enjoyed this moment because as Komi and Tadano’s friendship continues, they are bound to have conflicts or disagreements like any friend would. However, the most important part was to see how they solved their problems.

Unfortunately, this episode features a segment about Yamai, Komi’s obsessed classmate. As I mentioned before, I’m not a fan of this character and the jokes surrounding him often fall flat. For example, in this episode, Yamai notices that Komi has a tear in her stockings. At first, Yamai tries to record a video of the tearing for fun, but then she stops and becomes conflicted. She wants to protect Komi from being embarrassed and other people seeing the tear, so she even comes to her aid.

Moments like these sometimes make me think Yamai’s character is showing signs of growth and there’s hope for her not to be a creepy obsessive stalker to Komi. Well, that’s not the case in this episode, because just when you think Yamai is changing for the better, things take a left turn in his even scarier game. So fair warning to anyone who might find Yamai’s behavior uncomfortable.

Finally, the saving grace of this episode for me was that Komi helped two new characters, Onigashima and Amami. These interactions were great examples of Komi’s growth in communicating and interacting with people. Amami and Onigashima have their specific communications. For example, Onigashima is a sweet and energetic girl, but she has trouble controlling her anger when she gets angry. Meanwhile, Amami finds it difficult to ask for help and say no whenever someone asks her for something.

Komi steps in to help Onigashima and Amami on her own. I felt this was a sign that Komi was becoming more aware and observant of other people’s problems and was motivated to step in when she saw she could help others – given that Komi was used to s worry about doing something as simple as greeting some with a vague hello. The two instances with these characters show that Komi has become more confident in approaching and helping others.

Globally, Komi can’t communicate episode 23 is a decent watch with some laughable and relatable moments, but it also felt like it left some things unresolved. Unfortunately, the jokes and moments with friend/stalker Ren Yamai remain a sore point for this episode. The positive point of this episode lies in Komi’s interactions with new characters, Amami and Onigashima. Lately, Episode 23 also introduces a new layer to Komi and Tadano’s relationship by exploring how they react to conflicts and disagreements between them.

Komi can’t communicate streams exclusively on Netflix.

Komi can’t communicate episode 23

7.5/10

TL;DR

Komi can’t communicate episode 23 is a decent watch with some laughable and relatable moments, but it also felt like it left some things unresolved. Unfortunately, the jokes and moments with friend/stalker Ren Yamai remain a sore point for this episode. The highlight of this episode is Komi’s interactions with new characters, Amami and Onigashima

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