For thirty seconds during this episode I didn’t hate Soran as a character. He actually responded to a situation like a human being and was even kind of cool as walked away from Houhou. It was probably the finest moment this series has managed to deliver yet. And was followed by one of the funniest lines I’ve seen this season (though, like with most humour it is only really funny because it is so out of character).
The fact that this moment was embedded in an episode that was actually half decent (the low point being the two guys at the office dressing Houhou up like a life size Barbie as they discussed how she should apologise), just made it feel like they should have cut some of the rubbish earlier in the series. Soran could have snapped and had enough far earlier and we could have progressed past him being a whiny victim but instead they milked that for six episodes before finally letting us see that he actually isn’t completely useless.
That said, if Soran reverts next episode it may very well be the straw that breaks the camels back because I don’t know that I can continue watching at that point.
Hitorinoshita is available on Crunchyroll.