Previously on Orange, Naho finally gets a new ally in her mission to save Kakeru, as Suwa has admitted that he also got a letter. Kakeru and Naho managed to confess their feelings to one another as well. We also learned more about Kakeru’s issues of guilt over his mother’s death; Naho and Suwa managed to comfort him about that.
In the new episode something huge was revealed, and we get a glimpse on just how close these six friends are!
— 高野 苺 (@ichigo_takano) August 21, 2016
After a confession, normally either one or both sides of the couple will feel shy around each other. This is true for Naho as she was struggling to make eye contact with Kakeru. Kakeru, on the other hand, didn’t feel shy at all, and had no problem being close to her. How sweet! Naho says it’s all thanks to the letter that she was able to be brave and tell him her feelings.
Takako and Azusa asked her about this after school, as she had yet to tell them. So when they heard that Naho finally confessed, they were happy about it! After that though they asked her if she was still hiding something else from them. They have been asking that question at least once per episode, but now that Naho has confessed, you’d think they’d stop. I wonder what’s that really about?
They also came to the conclusion that Naho and Kakeru are now dating, although the two actually never talked about that. The confusion was only cleared up when Kakeru told them directly. He even outright said that he doesn’t want to date Naho, but only because he doesn’t want to end up hurting her. He did stress that he really liked Naho. That’s super sweet and considerate of him!
Unfortunately, Kakeru managed to clear it up when he was in the infirmary due to collapsing in soccer practice. The poor boy has been working twice as hard as the other members because he’s new in the club. Suwa felt responsible, as he was the one who invited Kakeru into the club to follow his letter’s advice. Up until then, most of their decisions to follow the letter ended up with good results, but now they have one bad. Is following the letter still a good thing? I personally think it’s not enough to come to that conclusion, and Naho thinks so as well.
But then there’s the school’s athletic meet, where Kakeru was chosen as the anchor since he had the fastest time in the relay. According to the letter, Kakeru trips and falls during the actual race, which causes his team to lose, so he ends up feeling responsible. Therefore, the letter didn’t want him to join the race. Suwa and Naho follow its advice and try to stop him, but they learn that he really did want to join the race. Because the two seemed persistent though, he decided not to join, but somehow looked disappointed. It was another backfire from the letter.
Kakeru was about to tell the teacher he’s going to quit, when Takako suddenly volunteered to join the relay. Azusa followed as well, and so did Suwa. There, Naho decided that she can do something that’s different from what the letter advised, so she volunteered too! Azusa managed to convince Hagita, and he complied, so now all six of them will be competing for the race. It was going to be Kakeru’s first time joining the meet after all, that’s why they wanted to run with him as a group. They’re totally the best of friends, supporting each other all the way! Kakeru seemed to appreciate this a lot! He even said that he’d still enjoy himself even if they lost the race.
And so, since doing their own thing seemed to produce a good result, Naho and Suwa just decided to stop relying on the letter and thinking on their own what would be best for Kakeru.
However, Naho was at a loss when Kakeru started acting a bit weird around her. No wonder though, because this girl sure is dense. She immediately got embarrassed when she tripped and leaned onto him, which was a nice sight even though it was an accident. But when Kakeru held her hand, she immediately took it away, and even didn’t get his intentions when he held out his hand towards her again. You hurt his feelings, girl! She wanted to read the letter if there was anything about it, but decided against it.
Hence, the same thing happened again the next day! Naho offered to go home with him, and when Kakeru held out his hand, she didn’t get the point, thereby hurting his feelings for the second time. I agree with Suwa when he said Kakeru’s not being a man. He should’ve just clearly said he wanted to hold her hand instead of leaving her guessing and hurting himself. It wasn’t like she didn’t want to, probably.
Naho was getting worried then because she really didn’t know what to do. That’s when the reinforcements arrived: the rest of her friends! Suwa told her to rely on them and not just on the letter anymore. He even encouraged her to tell the others everything. And when she did, there she found out that they too got letters from their future selves. That’s what Takako and Azusa had been asking from her all this time! Suwa and Hagita just recently found out too – when the two girls prodded Suwa, and when Hagita told Azusa.
The burden of saving Kakeru felt even lighter now because all five of them were joining forces and can finally decide together on how to help him. What’s even more assuring was that they finally know that even after ten years, their friendship is still strong.
— TVアニメ「orange」 (@AnimationOrange) August 21, 2016
I’m sincerely happy that Naho has her friends at last. I was also thankful when they gave us those scenes where Kakeru assured Naho of his feelings, as well as when she tripped on him. Unfortunately though, and maybe this is just me, the latest episode felt a bit, dead overall. Yes, there was the conflict between Naho and Kakeru. Yes, the gang joining the rally together was super sweet. And yes, the reveal of everyone having letters was really important, but it wasn’t enough to bring the hype up. I think like one of the reasons is the feel of the scenes. In the previous episodes, the scenes perfectly showed the happiness, sadness and every other emotion expressed. Now, everything felt so flat. Did they do anything different this time when it came to planning the scenes?
I gotta admit, though, I didn’t notice the time pass and the episode was already over, so it still did successfully manage to keep me tuned in. Is it just me though?
In terms of the art, I have to ask, when will it rise back from the grave? It’s still bad. I would understand if it was full-body shots or background characters, but even some close up scenes which are supposed to be easier to draw aren’t looking that great.
I think that…
It’s going to get serious from here on out! Serious in a sense that the five will now mean business when it comes to saving their friend. The future is constantly changing, and the letter can’t be relied on that well anymore, so they definitely have to stick together.
Here’s to hoping the hype picks up in the next episode! Stay tuned!
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starting from the July 3, 2016