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Things are starting to get even more interesting in the latest episode of Orange! Last week, we learned that all five friends actually got letters from their future selves! Their school is also having an athletic meet soon and their group decided to support Kakeru in the relay race by being his teammates! There’s also some trouble brewing between Naho and Kakeru’s relationship! So, how did things turn out this time around?
— TVアニメ「orange」 (@AnimationOrange) August 28, 2016
The five immediately got to talking about their letters and what to do with Kakeru. It seemed that they all had trouble believing the circumstances at first, but eventually they found out that it’s the real deal. Like with Azusa, for example; according to her letter, she should’ve supported Naho instead of Ueda, but didn’t. So when she saw that Naho started acting weirdly, she finally believed in her letter and decided to support her friend for real.
Actually, all of them agreed that supporting Naho and Kakeru would make Kakeru the happiest, which could lead to him being saved. From an observer’s point of view, that conclusion seems quite shallow, but let’s be honest: when it comes to matters of the heart, being in love and being heartbroken, both have huge a impact on a person’s life, so it’s totally understandable. Plus, Kakeru blames himself for losing a family member, so having Naho to keep him company will lessen his feeling of loneliness. The gang then started coming up with plans to help the two become even closer. First, they urged the girl to start greeting Kakeru every morning, and I’m quite happy that Naho grabbed the courage to do so, even though she ended up looking silly from greeting him too many times. I sincerely had a laugh from that part. It was too adorable! Their previous tension vanished immediately as well!
Second, they managed to indirectly force them into sharing an umbrella and go home together, thanks to Azusa’s letter! I actually enjoyed the scenes focused on Azusa; it was quite refreshing to see the story from someone else’s view. Too bad they were short, but at least, after that, we got to see Naho and Kakeru grow one step closer! I was actually exasperated when they seemed to have another misunderstanding. But the two are really just super quiet and shy, so I’m glad they finally got another chance to talk about their feelings. Too bad they still didn’t decide to date each other. At least they were being honest.
Well, partly, because when the time for the athletic meet came, Kakeru wasn’t being honest again. I can totally understand feeling miserable when all around you are students with their families, while your father is MIA, your mother dead. He didn’t want to burden his friends again though, so he lied about his mom being at work. It’s a good thing the super friends started relying on their letters again and read about this, so they invited his grandmother to watch him!
Unfortunately, it wasn’t enough, as he still really missed his mother, and he still felt incredibly alone. To top it off, he suddenly started being insecure about his relationship with Naho and her feelings for him! This is what you get when you don’t have a committed relationship with the person you like. You’ll just be insecure most of the time. Although, in Kakeru’s defense, he thinks he might disappear one day, so he just didn’t want to hurt Naho when he does. He even said it’d be a good idea if she dated Suwa instead of him. I get that this boy is very thoughtful about other people, but I agree with what Suwa said: what about his feelings?
This tension turned into their source of strength for the pole toppling contest, which they ended up winning! Naho was super focused on Kakeru, whom she thought the coolest of all the guys. I just wish Kakeru heard what she said so he could be assured of her true feelings for him. His jealousy and insecurities go one level higher when she tends to Suwa’s injuries from the contest. The fact that his best friend asked him if it was okay to date the girl he likes most likely got to him, so he acted irrationally towards Naho when she offered to patch him up too.
With that reaction, of course, gentle Naho ended up feeling worried, wondering what she did wrong. But Suwa comforted her and said this development was definitely heading in the right direction. He’s most likely right, because Kakeru became honest with himself at last.
This episode was much better than the previous one, narrative-wise. I felt what the story wanted me to feel and I understood what was going on in the characters’ minds because of the arrangement of scenes and the pacing. I’m actually pretty excited to see how we’re going to head into the climax.
From that, you’d probably think that I was 100% happy with the episode. I wasn’t, not at all! We’ve got the art to blame, again! Actually it’s worse off than the previous eight episodes all together! Almost every scene had drawings that distracted me from what was going on! Instead of appreciating the events, I was having second-hand embarrassment from the ridiculousness of the art. The cartoon drawings featured in Azusa’s POV were ten times better than the whole episode’s art! It makes me wonder what went wrong in the production for the quality to have ended up this badly. It’s totally different from the first episode which looked good enough to be a movie. I’m totally disappointed that a story as great as Orange got this kind of anime.
— TVアニメ「orange」 (@AnimationOrange) August 28, 2016
Like I mentioned earlier, we’re starting to head off to the climax. Kakeru seems like he’s starting to be more honest with himself, but at the same time, his feelings of loneliness and anxiety are starting to pile up. Will our protagonists make the right decisions to save their friend?? More importantly, will the relay race be finally shown in the next episode, and will they win?
started July 3, 2016