Episode 11 Tiny Haruhiko-kun
Haruhiko is repairing the strange device from the Arayashiki Company one night. As he is searching his desk drawers for a driver disc, he comes across an essay he wrote when he was in elementary school. Recalling his past with fondness, Haruhiko drifts off into sleep.
When he wakes up the next morning… WHAT? His body is small!
Both his body and his memories have returned to their elementary school state. Haruhiko heads toward Hosea Academy as the elementary school student he now is…
Highlights (spoiler warning!)
Finding an old essay he wrote back in elementary school, Haruhiko reads it and reminisces about the past.
When he wakes up the next morning, both his body and mind have returned to their elementary school state.
The Neural Error Corrections team visits Haruhiko’s house to search for the cause of the transformation, but finds no clues at all. It is decided that Haruhiko will stay at Mai-senpai’s house until the matter can get cleared up.
However, taking care of tiny Haruhiko, working part-time, and fighting phantoms takes its toll on Mai-senpai.
With his father flying around the world, and his mother having run off, Haruhito is left to fend for himself.
Mai-senpai, seeing that Haruhiko is lonely, suggests going out to have some fun together.
Mai-senpai is overflowing with kindness!
The next day, the two of them go to the park together.
Haruhiko’s “I want to stay small and live at your place forever!” line was kind of sad, wasn’t it?
Anyway, a sandbox phantom appears in front of them, and Mai-senpai tries to fight it off. She cannot use her powers, however, and gets trapped by the Sandman.
Haruhiko is desperate to save Mai-senpai. He suddenly changes back to his normal self and is able to dispel the phantom.
Later, Mai-senpai reads the letter that caused all this back at Haruhiko’s house.
She realizes, however, that it was a lie. Young Haruhiko had written a fake diary entry.
Haruhiko was turned into his elementary school self so he could experience a happy elementary school life for once.
The initial scene at the restaurant with the selfish children and the parental discipline was kind of serious, right?
That kind of “daily life” scene, with all the detailed gestures that make up real communication is part of why Kyoto Animation is so great.
The characters’ feelings, emotions, and the changes thereof, are communicated nonverbally.
There are a lot of anime out there, but not like this, I think.
In this epsiode especially, the young Haruhiko’s loneliness and desire to be loved, as well as the sympathising Mai-senpai’s kindness are all very well expressed.
I even felt a little bit sad throughout this episode.
Finally, Kurumi-chan is also really cute, isn’t she? If you missed this episode, it’s worth looking up! lol
I’m concerned about why Mai-senpai wasn’t able to use her abilities, and they still haven’t figured the mysterious device they got at the Arayashiki Company.
Will these things get solved in the next episode?
Don’t miss it!