This week’s episode has a lot more going on than the ones before it. Naho and Kakeru are gradually moving closer, and all of their friends agreed to support them. I can’t say I’m happy for them because I’m in the Suwa camp. Each episode seems to solidify my position further.
This episode begins with Kakeru taking a week off of school. Naho reads about this in the letter and realizes that this is the 49th day since Kakeru’s mother passed away (a time period that holds special significance in Japan). The week passes by in a flash, and Kakeru comes back on a rainy day. He asks Naho if she’d like to go home together with him after school. She agrees and tries to invite everyone else, but they all make up some excuse and decline. This is one of several changes from the events described in the letter that will happen in this episode.
After school, Naho and Kakeru head to a park close to where Naho lives. Kakeru gives her a hairpin as a thank you present for all of her 弁当 (bentou, boxed lunch) and wake-up calls. He later asks Naho if she’s free over the weekend, and they end up going to the library on Saturday to study. Naho, at first, thinks everyone else is also going, but it ends up being just the two of them, again. When they meet at the library, Ueda and her friends happen to spot them. Although Ueda plays it off, it doesn’t make her very happy.
Back at school, everyone is in chemistry class and they are receiving back their tests. Kakeru impresses everybody by managing to get the top score in the class. As for the rest of the gang, you could probably guess their grades. Naho and Hagita get high scores, while Azu’s and Suwa’s scores are abysmal. I was surprised Takako did poorly as well, only managing a score in the 50-60 range. Their chemistry teacher then gives a random lecture on time travel. Naho relates the lecture to the situation she’s in, and realizes she might not be able to change anything for her future self. Part of Naho’s motivation to heed the warnings in the letter was to help alleviate the suffering and regret of her future self, so it was tough for her to realize that this might not be possible no matter what she does. This upsets Naho to the point where she has to briefly rest in the nurse’s office.
The rest of the episode takes place during the school festival and the preparations leading up to it. Kakeru, contrary to the letter, doesn’t ask Naho if she’d like to watch the fireworks with him after the school festival. However, Naho is able to build up enough courage to invite him herself. In the next scene, we see Kakeru asking Suwa if he’s okay with this. Much to Suwa’s shock, Kakeru lets him know that everyone is already aware of his feelings for Naho. We later get some more related scenes: Hagita untactful blurt about Suwa’s feelings for Naho, as well as Azu’s and Takako’s apology to Suwa for not being able to help him since they plan on supporting Naho’s crush for Kakeru.
I’m glad to see that everyone (minus Naho) is finally aware of the romantic feelings within their group. I found it strange in the last few episodes that, for a group of friends this close, they seemed way too oblivious about these facts.
During the school festival, Suwa and the others do their best to give Naho and Kakeru some personal time. When Naho later heads to the bathroom, she gets corned by Ueda and her friends. Ueda takes particular issue with the new hairpin Naho received from Kakeru. Thanks to Suwa, though, who happens to be passing by, Naho is able to escape before the situation had the chance to escalate into anything serious. When Naho gives Suwa a heartfelt thank you for always looking out for her, it brings some tears to his eyes.
To wrap this up, I’d like to touch on one scene in this episode that I didn’t particularly like, and that was the time travel explanation during their chemistry class. It felt random and forced. I understand that the author wanted to bring this topic to Naho’s attention so she could think about it in respect to her own situation with the letter, but it could have been introduced better. The importance of the scene arised from Hagita’s dismissal of the possibility of time travel. So it would have felt more natural if, for example, one of the friends just brought up the topic, possibly from something they watched on TV, and then for Hagita to offer his opinion.
TV animation ”orange”
started on July 3, 2016
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