Aside from this being just the darned cutest thing that ever was or will be, it is also a great opportunity to put Makoto’s skills and patience to work where they will be most appreciated.
He has earned the archetypal “Bridesmaid” status among my friends - always a bridesmaid, never a bride. He’s friends with Haru, but rarely gets enough attention to reciprocate his own efforts. He’s competitive, but nowhere near good enough to muscle in on Rin and Haru’s rivalry. He gets shut out a lot and has no real “out” to resolve his internal turmoil.
I’m really hoping that this is a sign of his stepping out of the shadows and rising to the top in a field that deserves his awesome energy.