Nikku is an indie game developer, a freelance translator, and an avid anime viewer.
After last week’s revelation that everyone (minus Kakeru) has received a letter from their future selves, this week showed them progressing together to try and help Kakeru. At the same time, however, this episode showed Kakeru regressing into his feelings of isolation and loneliness. It just illustrates how difficult their task at hand is.
Speaking of illustrating, characters were drastically off model throughout this episode as the production quality of Orange unfortunately took another dip.
— TVアニメ「orange」 (@AnimationOrange) August 28, 2016
This week’s episode begins with a meeting between the letter bearers. After some apologies and discussion, a consensus is formed that one of the best ways to save Kakeru is for them to support Naho’s love for him. Although this is certainly an important factor, I think it’s risky to put too much faith in solely this (as I’ve mentioned in my previous reviews).
I think the more support Kakeru feels he has, and the more connections he holds dear, the better. This will be hard to attain if most of his friends continuously move out of the way to prop up Naho. This could also put unnecessary stress on Kakeru if he feels his friends are being too forceful. Although Naho’s very important to Kakeru, when it comes down to critical moments, I wouldn’t put all my faith in her to save the day (she doesn’t exactly have the greatest track record so far).
The rest of the episode is comprised of mainly two events: Naho and Kakeru sharing an umbrella together, and the school’s sports day.
The first of these starts off with some trouble when Naho accidently smacks the umbrella out of Kakeru’s hand, but after they rest at a park and talk for a bit, they’re able to reconcile their recent misunderstandings. The scene ends with the two of them holding hands, although they ultimately still decide not to start dating.
Later, during the school’s sports day, we see Kakeru get overwhelmed by the sea of people around him, as well as memories and thoughts of his mother. As much as he appeared to be looking forward to this day, Kakeru isn’t able to enjoy himself as much as his friends were hoping. During this event, we also see Kakeru get jealous when Naho helps treat Suwa’s cuts. This comes after he tells Suwa that he would be fine if Naho were to date someone else, which clearly, is not the case.
— TVアニメ「orange」 (@AnimationOrange) August 28, 2016
In my last review, I wrote about a worry I have regarding Kakeru’s reason for wanting to keep Naho at a distance. This week’s episode though provides us with some reassuring insight into Kakeru’s thoughts. He mentions that he shouldn’t go out with Naho because he might have to move away. This doesn’t necessarily eliminate the suicide aspect I brought up last week, and Kakeru could be just saying this to cover up how he really feels. However, it does sound like a legitimate enough reason that it could actually be the main thing he’s concerned about.
I also want to bring up one of Naho’s bad habits that particularly stood out to me in this episode, although it’s one that’s been prevalent throughout the series. She automatically refuses help or things from others, to the extent where you could call it an innate reaction. It’s a product of her personality and low self-esteem, and although it could be viewed as a positive in some ways (she doesn’t want to cause trouble for others), I think it’s something she should work on. Naho needs to realize that this habit of hers can be offensive at times, and even hurtful to the people she’s close to. When people are offering to help because they want to, it can be a bit painful to be so quickly and consistently shot down every time.
Lastly, this episode showcased one of the more dangerous events that can take place at school sports days. I’m not surprised how roughed up Suwa got considering how active he was (although MVP would go to Hagita for his brilliant job of just watching the whole time). I’ve never tried pole toppling before, but while I was attending a college outside Tokyo, I did participate in another well known event, kibasen. You might have seen this in other anime, but it’s an event where one person sits on the shoulders of three other people, and in teams of several of these units, they try to steal the headbands or hats of their opponents. I had a lot of fun participating in this, but it is another event where people can get easily injured.
The pyramid is another event that I’m sure most of you have seen before. Although less dangerous than the previous two, kids do get injured during this event every once in a while. In recent years, some schools have moved to ban it completely from their sports day events.
It’s kind of a tough call to make since every sport does run some risk of injury. It’s probably best, though, to keep kids away from the more dangerous ones until they’re older.
What do you all think? Would anyone want to try out one of these events? And are there any school sporting events back in your home country that you think would be better off banned? Let us know what you think in the comments below.
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