Komi Can’t Communicate season 1, episode 2 recap – “It’s just a childhood friend. Plus more.”

October 28, 2021
Jonathon Wilson 0
Netflix, Weekly TV
3.5

Summary

“It’s just a childhood friend. Plus more.” adds a new character to the roster as Komi and Tadano’s mission to make friends continues.

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3.5

Summary

“It’s just a childhood friend. Plus more.” adds a new character to the roster as Komi and Tadano’s mission to make friends continues.

This recap of Komi Can’t Communicate season 1, episode 2, “It’s just a childhood friend. Plus more.”, contains spoilers.


Komi and Tadano have a mission, you’ll recall, which is for the former to make 100 friends – easier said than done, given the complex intricacies of high school social politics. Komi might be popular given her somewhat angelic stature, but that doesn’t automatically make Tadano part of the “in” crowd, which he’s reminded of by Yamai, one of those awful queen bee types, and then by everyone else. Something that Tadano evidently forgot while taking on this mission is that he isn’t exactly flush with friends himself.

Komi Can’t Communicate season 1, episode 2 recap

For some people, making friends is easy; being entirely themselves is easier still. Some people can’t help but be themselves, an admirable trait in anyone, including Osana Najimi, Tadano’s childhood friend and, as it happens, the childhood friend of virtually everyone. Najimi, a gender-fluid student whose current use of female pronouns and presentation thoroughly confuses Tadano and delights Najimi, has making friends pretty much mastered. There is only one person they failed to befriend, and that person, fittingly enough, is Komi.

Of course, Komi has a pretty good reason for that given her extreme social anxiety, which Tadano tries to put across. It’s interesting how Komi Can’t Communicate repurposes a lot of romantic stereotypes, using them instead in the process of simply making friends. It’s interesting, too, how the show displays fear, highlighting how for Komi, an unflappably confident chatterbox like Najimi is terrifying, while for Najimi, someone who isn’t willing to open up and engage is an equally frightening prospect.

It’s pure happenstance, really, that allows Najimi and Komi to bond – the latter inadvertently threatens some students who’re harassing Najimi, and the show thoroughly indulges in their flights of fancy as they assume that she’s some kind of murderous bodyguard. It works out, at least, and the next day, Komi has a friend at the lunch table. So, too, does Tadano. And Najimi turns out to be a useful ally, not just for their vast network of associates, but also because they’re willing to put Komi in uncomfortable positions for her own good, such as an overcomplicated coffee shop order that  Najimi sends her to collect. Well, this is supposedly for her own good, anyway, but it doesn’t exactly pan out that way. The intention is sweet, though, and it gives Komi a good opportunity to stand up for herself and show that social anxiety doesn’t necessarily mean a willingness to be manipulated and embarrassed.

You can stream Komi Can’t Communicate season 1, episode 2, “It’s just a childhood friend. Plus more.”, exclusively on Netflix.

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