“To me, June 13th is a date of commemoration. At least, it should be. It has nothing to do with the bloomers or the school swimsuit. It began with a question from my girlfriend, Senjougahara Hitagi, who I’ve been going out with since last month. Mother’s Day. May 14.
“We’re going on a date.”
This was during lunch break on the appointed day. She abruptly said this while we were having a seemingly friendly lunch on the courtyard bench. I was so surprised that I dropped the egg omelet that I was holding in my chopsticks.
“She was not particularly tall. Her physical condition was not all that different from a normal high school girl. If anything, she was a little petite and slender. Graceful was about the perfect word for her.
However, Kanbaru Suruga could jump.
Last year, due to a bit of socializing, I had just once seen a bit of a game she played in. She had quickly and nimbly slipped past (or rather, right through) the opposing team’s defenses and easily landed a slam dunk just like that shounen manga that had once swept across Japan. She had calmly and easily done it over and over again with the invigorating smile of a sports girl. As she did it dozens of times, she had truly seemed to be enjoying it. How many high schoolers get to see someone dunk in a girls basketball game where shooting with both hands is the norm? Even as a spectator, I had been overwhelmed. I had been unable to continue to watch the poor opposing players who had lost all motivation due to also being overwhelmed. I distinctly remember having no choice but to leave because it was so hard to watch.”
“In the corner of the room, Senjougahara always read by herself. Sometimes it would be a hard cover book, but sometimes it would be one of those manga that lower your IQ. She seemed to be quite indiscriminate in her choice of books. Maybe because she reads anything with words, though there may be quality in her choice in books. ”
“People easily ignore what the most important or cherished things are in their day-to-day lives. By incorporating science fiction and fantasy elements, audiences are more likely to discover what they don’t notice normally. I hope audiences can see beyond spectacular visual effects and see what’s most important value for themselves. ”