I guess I kind of approached this update as a random side story because I didn't recognize the girl. I thought it was pretty well done. I liked how the episode came full cycle, and I really felt at the end.
I thought the girl's handling of the bullying situation was pretty silly (as others have mentioned), but it didn't seem an important detail. Was all about feelings to me.
Even now I can only vaguely recall the "rival" thread. This new character hasn't really registered with me yet. I'll acknowledge it if it leads to stupid stuff happenning. The girl seems blah so far. Just filler. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Geez. Too light and fluffy to last. That was quite a lead weight at the end. Hopefully, the ominous feeling that leaving note generated is largely due to the stark contrast with the dominant of the chapter. :?
Gah! I don't care how mature Ding Yi seems at times. She just too young and too vulnerable to me. I don't see one angle on this relationship that reads "healthy".
Clearly Ding Yi's had some experiences--has a perspective on thing that makes here appear older or more mature in ways, but she's not. It seems older people are often caught off guard by the astuteness of younger people. Before a child leaves the single digits they have the mental skills and capacity to make "profound" intellectual and emotional observations. Psychologically, however, they're still children. More vulnerable. More impressionable. There are chemical, hormonal maturations that have yet to take place.
Age of consent aside, I just don't see how this relationship balances in terms of dependency. They both have dependency issues, but Ding Yi seems more inherently dependent to me. High schooler. Detached from family (i.e., lacking her own support system).
I just--Wei wei is such a tragic protagonist. She is in a precarious position. Does not know what she's doing. So real.