In Komi Can’t Communicate, Shoko Komi is the only student in her class with crippling social anxiety. A new classmate in Season 2 will change that.
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At its core, Komi Can’t Communicate explore different forms of social anxiety; this is even reflected in the series title and the heroine’s name. While Shoko Komi experiences an extreme type of social anxiety that manifests as a communication disorder, the other characters also explore the myriad ways it manifests. In the case of protagonist Hitohito Tadano, social anxiety causes him to engage in avoidant behaviors, while Himiko Agari manifests as constant panic attacks.
Two other characters that explore different forms of extreme social anxiety are Makeu Yadano and Omoharu Nakanaka. For Yadano, it manifests as an obsession with winning, while Nakanaka appears in her form as a chūnibyō. Komi Can’t Communicate Season 2 introduces a new character, Makoto Kotai, who explores another side of extreme social anxiety, but something different: he has crippling anxiety. Komi along with Tadano’s evasive behavior.
When Katai introduces himself in Episode 13, he explains that he’s not a transfer student; he had attended Itan Private High School since the beginning of the school year but fell ill during the first week of classes. Even after recovering a week later, the guy’s anxiety prevented him from attending and he continued to delay his return in the months leading up to the winter semester. During her absence, Katai bleached her hair and started a bodybuilding program in an effort to develop a tough image that could intimidate bullies.
On the day Katai finally shows up to school, his appearance immediately frightens his classmates, who mistake him for a thug. Although the guy makes it clear through his internal monologue that he’s actually an extremely shy normal guy, the way he tries to make a good impression doesn’t have the desired effect: when he When he smiles at others, he appears more threatening than friendly. Of course, the guy isn’t aware of this, as his mind is busy trying to overcome his social anxiety.
Within the first few seconds he appeared on screen, it was immediately apparent that Katai had a lot in common with Komi. Like the famous heroine, Katai is judged by his looks and his nervousness is easily mistaken for unfriendly. When it comes to interacting with other students, Katai also struggles to say a single word, even after he meets someone who resembles him – in this case, Komi. During the scene where he tries to introduce himself to her, Katai becomes paralyzed with fear and cannot really talk to her. Interestingly, this ended up causing Komi’s own anxiety.
After watching Komi and Katai stare at each other in fear for a while, Tadano discovered that Katai also had a communication disorder and took the initiative to start a conversation with himself. This caught Katai off guard, but he eventually relented. When Tadano offered Katai a school tour as a way to break the ice for the two, Katai accepted and immediately fell in love with his new friend. Komi later recognizes the gesture as the same one Tadano used on her when they first met.
Realizing this immediately made Komi feel uneasy, especially since she herself had not yet understood the fact that Katai also suffered from extreme social anxiety. Interestingly, Katai’s interpretation of Komi’s behavior is also very different. When they stare at each other, the fact that they’re both not looking away makes him believe he’s making progress with eye contact – something he struggles with.
After Tadano invited Katai to tour the school with him, Katai went on to theorize that Komi must be a master of communication, unaware that she also suffers from extreme social anxiety. Even more interesting: Katai reveals that he is reading the same communication book as Komi.
While Katai and Komi got off to an awkward start in Episode 13, his introduction created interesting story opportunities for Komi. As a character who shares traits with both herself and Tadano, it will be interesting to see how Katai and Komi will get along as she’s aware of her communication disorder and extreme social anxiety. his level. If Tadano starts spending more time with Katai like she did with Komi in Season 1, will she accept this new friendship – or will she see him as a rival for Tadano’s affections?