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Orange finally came to a close with its latest episode, and I must say it was very lovely! All the sadness and angst that the previous chapter had were washed away as the problems were worked out one by one! From the hurt and pain future Kakeru experienced which lead to his suicide to the strained relationship of present Naho and Kakeru, all these things were wonderfully resolved. I’m incredibly happy that it ended on a happy and sweet note. So, let’s recap!
Just like Naho said at the end of the last episode, she made chocolates for Kakeru during Valentine’s Day. It’s quite an important event for girls in love, and even more so for Naho, as the day had a big impact on Kakeru’s fate in the future. Thus, she was really determined to give him her chocolate, something her future self wasn’t able to do. But, as expected, Kakeru was still obviously avoiding her all throughout the day, and even went as far to say that he won’t date anyone. Plus, the chocolates she’d been trying so hard to give him were ruined when she bumped into Ueda and tripped! That didn’t stop our protagonist though! I’m so proud that after many episodes of getting bullied by that girl, Naho finally took a stand and talked back! Character development for the win!
In the end, she successfully convinced Kakeru to talk with her despite not being able to give him the chocolates, at first. Apparently, the reason why he was still avoiding her was because he was still really guilty for hurting her during New Year’s Eve. So, passing on a message from her future self as well as her own, she told him that she didn’t care if she was hurt or if they fight, as long as they talk to each other. I really like how they made it so that it’s like future Naho was telling Kakeru these things, especially when she apologized, so in a way, she finally managed to tell him what she couldn’t before.
I’m also glad she successfully said the right words this time. Cause of that, Kakeru spilled his real feelings at last! He actually wanted to be with her, but he couldn’t, afraid that he’d hurt her again. He hated himself so much that he was already ready to give up everything and die, but he still wanted to be strong and be happy. Naho said she’ll help him, that as long as he’s alive, she’ll be happy, and she’ll make him happy. She also told him what sounded like a proposal –for them to live their lives together! Kakeru agreed and even asked for her chocolates, though they were crushed. The gang saw everything from the window so they asked him for his answer to Naho’s confession, and he gave a yes! At that, everyone was overjoyed. It was super sweet and felt like a huge accomplishment!
The fight wasn’t over yet though, because the next day was when Kakeru died in the future. The five were making sure they treated Kakeru nicely and made him happy. Naho ate lunch with him at his request, and expressed how much she treasured him. Kakeru even told her he loves her! Just wish she told him that as well, though. And then finally, the time of Kakeru’s accident became near, so the gang decided to wait for him at where it happened. But he never showed up; they discovered that he went out but without taking his bike. The future changed! Not knowing where he is, they split up and searched frantically, wondering what he was thinking and feeling. After some time, Naho finally saw him from a distance, but he was already walking towards an incoming truck.
At first it seemed like they didn’t change anything; Kakeru still died. However, when they all rushed to his side, he was still alive! He really did want to die at first, however he remembered them, his friends. He thought that he wanted to live, and so he hesitated. Relieved, they all revealed they knew what he was going to do because of the letters they got. And apparently, their future selves also sent letters for him, where they expressed their regrets and apologized to him, making him realize that his death in the future impacted them a whole lot. He then thanked them all for being his friends, and they shared a really touching group hug!
Afterwards, the six of them went to bury their own time capsules. It was such a lovely sight, seeing Kakeru with them, surviving his fate. He also seemed like he was finally motivated to live. While his future self sent a letter that was addressed to his friends because he knew he’d be gone, the present Kakeru on the other hand, sent a letter to himself, wondering how he’s doing in the future. He also told his friends that he was glad to be alive, and thanked them for saving him.
I’m super thankful that the anime was very faithful to the manga’s ending. Because of that, we had such a wonderful conclusion! From Naho reconciling with Kakeru, to the gang saving their friend, it felt just right for me! I’m just incredibly happy for Kakeru, knowing that he was saved and that he’ll be okay with his friends by his side.
However, I also felt that many scenes could’ve been better. During Naho and Kakeru’s conversation, I think they could’ve put much better background music to heighten the feelings of the scenes, as well as made the pacing a bit better. With Kakeru’s attempted suicide too, it could’ve been improved more. Don’t even get me started on when Naho saw him walk towards the truck. How Kakeru was animated and his voice-acting were really good though; just seeing him there brought tears to my eyes, so it wasn’t totally bad.
I think we can all agree that Orange brought us a really amazing story. It tackled important issues that many people are facing everyday: depression, regret, and loss. It also told us to cherish every moment with people we love, because they won’t always be with us. We should never take the things we have for granted. I really commend Takano-sensei for writing such a masterpiece, and the production staff for following it!
Unfortunately, an anime can only be considered amazing when it has amazing art. As I’ve said before, this fantastic story didn’t deserve to have such a horrible animation, inconsistent drawings and ill-executed scenes. Only the first episode and the backgrounds looked lovely. I truly think they could’ve upped the feelings more if they made some things different and made the drawings better. A lot of people watch animes for their art too. It makes me really sad.
With that, I’m giving Orange a 6.5/10!
How about you guys? What did you think about Orange? Did the story give you an emotional ride like I did, or were you too bothered with the production quality? Do leave a comment below!
Currently Airing. Started on July 3, 2016