The latest episode of Orange left me super-thrilled and heartbroken at the same time. Last week, we saw how much Kakeru and Naho’s relationship improved, and how much they care for each other. It was also revealed that Suwa has feelings for Naho, but he, along with their friends, have decided to support the two.
Let’s see how it fared from there!
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Suwa, Hagita, Takako, and Azusa are still cheering Kakeru and Naho on their relationship, making sure that the two spent time together. It seems like typical friends stuff, but it’s still an incredibly happy sight! You can just see how much the group wants the two to be happy, especially since Kakeru and Naho still can’t seem to admit it to each other. In Kakeru’s case, he doesn’t know if it’s okay for him to love Naho. Because he made some decisions he ended up regretting, like dating Ueda for example, he didn’t want to take the plunge of dating Naho and then ending up regretting the choice and possibly hurting her. It’s a perfectly understandable sentiment, and that’s why I feel quite bad for this boy. He can’t even do the things he wants to do, afraid that he’ll ruin many things.
On the other hand, Naho is still focused on trying to save Kakeru. She wants to make sure her next steps follow what’s written on the letter because she already failed to do two important things that eventually hurt him. During the last day of the cultural festival, she gathers her courage, since it’s the day when she’ll watch the fireworks with him. Just like in the letter, they decide to meet up by the pool.
Kakeru had already asked Suwa if he really should go watch the fireworks with Naho. I just really love how selfless and supportive Suwa is. Not only did he think of Kakeru’s happiness, he also thought of Naho’s, that’s why he said he should just go and do it!
He also prevented ex-girlfriend Ueda from ruining their plans. Ueda tried to make Naho miss her date, so she could meet with Kakeru in her place. I kept wondering “when is this girl going to give up!!” I felt a bit annoyed that our girl didn’t defend herself properly, but she’s timid and kind like that so I guess it can’t be helped. Thanks to Suwa and Hagita, though, as well as Azusa and Takako, Ueda was stopped from meeting Kakeru, while Naho safely managed to! Way to go super friends!
The next scenes made me feel incredibly fluffy inside. Finally, the two managed to confess their feelings…even in a somewhat indirect way. They are quite a shy couple, so that’s the best we’re getting for now. At least they acted quite lovey-dovey. I wonder when they’ll finally stop being dense, though.
A few days later, before their gang goes to the Matsumoto Bon Bon festival, Naho finds out through the letter that Kakeru’s main regret is not being able to save his mother. It’s related to his accident, which was revealed to not be an accident at all. He got in the way of a moving truck on purpose so he can go meet his mother and apologize. It’s totally heartbreaking! We can truly feel just how much he loved his mother, and how big his sorrow is. It also makes Naho’s goal of saving him even more critical.
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During the festival, Naho was going to ask Kakeru about his mother. They were also able to spend more time together. They were supposed to go with the others, but for some (obvious) reason, the other four couldn’t make it in time, so they just had an impromptu “date”, as Azusa called it. Kakeru looked incredibly happy with Naho, and I’m sure that it’s another thing on the list of things that will gradually save his heart.
When Naho finally asks him, I was, again, heartbroken. He thought that telling her about what happened with his mother would make her hate him. Was it really that bad? Apparently, his mom had health problems, both physically and mentally, so she depended on him quite a lot. On his first day of school, the day the group wasn’t supposed to invite him to walk home with them, he was actually going to accompany his mom to the hospital. But we know that, instead, he went with his new friends. Kakeru’s mom couldn’t cope with not having her son around, so she took her own life. Yikes. It’s definitely a great burden. He blamed himself, but Naho thinks it’s her fault because they still invited him.
Kakeru went home early after that confession, and he stopped showing up or talking to them for the next few days. It was already summer vacation so it’s much harder to get the chance to. Naho felt worried and helpless because she didn’t know how to actually save someone with that big a regret. Just as she was starting to wonder if she can save Kakeru all by herself, Suwa shows up and tell her that she’s not alone, because he also has a letter just like Naho’s, a letter from the future.
The big reveal! The lovey-dovey scenes! The wonderful atmosphere of a cultural festival and a summer festival! I loved them all!
It was great to see that Kakeru and Naho’s relationship developed further, as well as how it became possible because of the support of all their friends! I know that, being a story about friendship, it’s oddly still focused on two, but now we’re starting to see more of the group’s characters. They also did a good job at planting important things beforehand and tackling them properly afterwards. It made the issues have even greater importance.
I was amazed at how realistic the Matsumoto Bon Bon festival felt. The scenes and scenery they showed made me feel like I was there myself!
I think that…
Something huge is going to be revealed in the next episode! Now that we know that Suwa has a letter, could it be possible that the others also have one? And what will happen to Kakeru now that it seems his scars have opened?
Till next week!
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