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The melancholic feel from last week continued on for most of this week’s episode. The decision Kakeru made to go out with Ueda has opened up a rift between him and his friends, and especially with Naho.
— TVアニメ「orange」 (@AnimationOrange) July 17, 2016
The episode begins in the future with Naho and friends making their way to Kakeru’s grandmother’s house. This is where Kakeru lived after his mother passed away. It’s their second time going there, with the first being for Kakeru’s funeral. It must have been tough for the grandmother to lose both her daughter and grandson within such a short time span. Even after all the years that have passed though, she still remembers them because of how often Kakeru used to talk about them at home. Although it isn’t explicitly shown, they were likely reminiscing about Kakeru as they happily talked for a while.
After the opening credits, we’re back in the present and the group is off on a trip together. Kakeru, however, is busy hanging out with his girlfriend and doesn’t go with them. They all still manage to have fun and enjoy their trip though, except for maybe Naho, who was frequently spacing out throughout it. This episode flies through this part using a combination of stills and off-camera dialogue; a technique I feel this anime is unfortunately using too often. At least the animation for the ice cream dispenser was fun to watch. (Maybe that’s where all the budget went.)
This episode mainly focuses on the rift that forms between Kakeru and his friends due his new girlfriend, Ueda. At every opportunity she gets, she pulls Kakeru away from his class and friends in order to talk to him. It turns out she’s also from Tokyo, and it appears she’s having trouble getting used to what she considers to be “country” people and their lifestyle. This might be why she latches onto Kakeru so much. The situation puts Naho and friends in a gloomy mood, as they feel like Kakeru has been stolen away from them. Even Azu and Takako, who were at first happy for Kakeru, start to dislike Ueda.
The relationship causes the biggest rift between Kakeru and Naho. Despite the letter from the future warning Naho about this and urging her not to avoid Kakeru, she can’t help but do so. No matter how much she wants to talk to him, Naho feels that she would be getting in Kakeru and Ueda’s way, and so she ends up avoiding him completely. This situation continues on for a while until an accident (or it might have been on purpose) erupts into a fight between Kakeru and Ueda.
After school one day, Kakeru says goodbye to Naho in the hallway outside their classroom. As he walks away, she calls out to him to stop. Just then, Ueda runs by and knocks Naho to the ground. Upset, Kakeru tells her to apologize as he helps Naho get up. Ueda, feeling jealous, embarrassed and angry, yells at Kakeru and then runs off. Naho blames herself for this and also quickly runs away. She bumps into Suwa though, who convinces her to properly talk to Kakeru. They’re able to clear things up, and Kakeru lets Naho know that he plans to break up with Ueda (due in part to the note she left in his shoe box). He also tells her that he realized there’s someone else he likes, although he keeps who it is a secret for now.
— TVアニメ「orange」 (@AnimationOrange) July 24, 2016
I liked the scene in this episode where they all go buy drinks together during lunch. I thought it portrayed really well how good of friends they all are. When Azu tells (not asks) Hagita that he’s going with them, he could of easily just said no, but he tags along. I think they were all feeling a bit lonely due to the situation with Kakeru, and wanted to stick together as a group.
Also during this episode, Azu and Takako seemed to have noticed that Naho has been acting a little strange lately and might be hiding something from them. I’m not sure if they were hinting at her feelings for Kakeru, or her behavior in relation to the letter from the future (although the two are closely linked). I’ve been surprised these last few episodes that Suwa is the only one that has noticed that Naho likes Kakeru. You would think that her two close female friends would’ve noticed by now, but it’s possible that they might not be very well versed in this area.
Lastly, I have to say I’m a bit conflicted about Naho and Kakeru’s relationship. Of course, I’m hoping that she’ll be able to succeed in saving his life, but I don’t think I want to see their relationship advance to more than friends (despite how Naho feels). The scenes we’ve been shown from the future play a big role in why I feel this way, but I also just like Suwa better than Kakeru. This reminds me of the questions I posed back in my first review about whether we can think of the present and future as two separate worlds, or if the future will replaced by the outcomes of the present.
— TVアニメ「orange」 (@AnimationOrange) July 24, 2016
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