Tonari no Kaibutsu does quite a bit with this fifth episode – an open point is expanded before being established as as an uncertainty, the lovers become further aware of one another, and a new challenger steps up.
This chapter initiates and carries on for a fair while with our relatively proactive protagonist merely going about his day as he normally would – difference being now that he’s bubbly in the head over the idea of a date with the surprisingly honest heroine, Shizuku. He’s already managing to sustain a solid position in the angle of romance, and she’s rather cute, thus one can’t blame Haru for feeling anxious over the awaiting events – although the fact of the matter simply is that one will also be quite eager to see some developments of complex love play out.
And they would have played out rather eloquently indeed, had there not come the intercession of creepily exuberant, and evidently stalker-like onii-san character.
Haru’s elder brother, “Yuzan”, has been waiting outside the school for Haru to pass his way – raining thunderously upon the hypothetical parade as Haru feels it only appropriate to now respond with his usual tactic of running away. He manages to avoid his brother with ease – the single fault in that being how he foolishly left behind his feminine other. Yuzan lures Shizuku, or rather, merely requests her presence – and she seems to follow along as per her own accord, driven by curiosity.
Before he can respond, the situation yields to an advancing element in the plot – the female megane character of a while back is seen yet again. And as one may have easily foreseen, she’s seemingly quick to stem an interest in our protagonist – yet it’s not interest in a scientific sense, fetishistic, nor a simple desire to befriend him, she clearly has fallen in love. Also not too much of a shock, Haru happens to be entirely oblivious to what his acts of kindness and friendly gestures have entangled him in.
Before any of that continues however, there’s some other drama to deal with first – matters of megane seem to be the highlight of next time, whilst for now, Haru dashes off to rescue his companion.
In the meantime, we learn a few background details of our protagonist which are significant predominantly in that they give us a basis behind where he currently stands. His father evicted him from home for causing trouble – now the same father wants his son back, perhaps having heard the fellow has become an excellent protagonist and is now wishing to score some of the fame himself. Yuzan was sent to carry out the task of sending his brother back – yet fortunately, he wants anything but that, or so he says.
At face value, it looks that Yuzan may merely disappear here as he looks pleased with merely hearing Haru intends to stay in school – thereby giving him an excuse to keep away from home. Yet Yuzan mumbles a few words to himself – and the truth is never understood, we could merely be witnessing the beginning of a greater issue later on.
Ultimately, this all merely comes to surround the subject of Shizuku and Haru’s affections for one another – as well as Shizuku’s wishes of learning more regarding her obscure male counterpart. And the main reason any of that matters feels more so for a reason to come further into the series – rather than immediately.
Now to focus on that which is immediate, it appears the megane girl is gaining confidence and going after Haru – and that’s surely our next episode’s center of concentration, even though it’s quite unlikely Haru would go after any other female but Shizuku.