I'm not a "veteran" of romance dramas but the first thing this love triangle reminded me of was Madoka Magica.
Hitomi/Aki: "If you don't attack, then I will!"
This is either the kick in the ass Himari needs to actually become lovers with Yori, or she's going to fucking lose. Of course the latter probably isn't going to happen because most romance stories are just not written that way, but like many other people here I'd be fine if Yori and Aki become lovers and Himari fucking loses if she can't figure it out. Worst-case scenario, Yori rejects Aki, Himari never figures it out and just stays friends "forever" with Yori.
^ That's a much better worst-case scenario than what happened in what the love triangle first reminded you of, lol
Well... that was about the worst-case scenario I could imagine that was within the bounds of a PG-13-ish moe yuri romance manga. Of course a true worst-case scenario would be like... well, what you said.
The thing is that aki accelerates things too much because she is angry to see a girl hesitated in front of yori whom she loves... but she says she understands that himari and yori have agreed to take the necessary time and that yori wants to take himari's heart with her song... aki should have waited until the concert to see himari's reaction and the denouement between the two...
She's making things too much of a fuss, a kind of whim. Of course yori is anxious about himari's opinion,that she is jealous, it is part of the process that has been set up... But aki doesn't accept it because she is already crazy in love with yori but she is not yori's choice and she is not himari and must respect that.
Finally it brings me some action and himari will probably want to confide in his kitchen senpai!
Aki/Yori shipping is yet another example of what I have come to call Tomolo Syndrome.
Tomolo = The Other, More Obviously Lesbian One.
Put money on it: whenever there’s a Tomolo second lead, at least some shippers will go all-in on the off-brand ship, no matter how obviously it’s Never Gonna Happen.
(Heck, sometimes the upswell of public opinion is so great that the Tomolo gets her own spinoff.)
Exhibit A: Sayaka in YagaKimi.
Exhibit B: Ano in Yurirei.
Worst-case scenario, Yori rejects Aki, Himari never figures it out and just stays friends "forever" with Yori
I mean, you can have just put the second part. First part is fairly obvious, as much as i think is likable i can't see why Yori will accept Aki right now.
Ultimately Aki is highly unlikely to win, but it's entertaining to speculate and cheer for her a bit. People can change. If Himari never figures it out, that will make it more likely Yori comes around on Aki. Again, she probably won't, and I guess Himari's supposed to really be the one who changes, but if she does then it wouldn't be the worst-case scenario anymore. Hell, it could be a pretty happy ending, even. If Himari is really only capable of "loving" Yori as a friend like she "loves" everyone else, she'll be happy and she'll be none the wiser.