Now that Touko and Kakeru are going out, tensions arise even more among the group; Yukinari is still forever alone, Sachi admits that she hates David and causes Hiro to feel betrayed, and Yanagi finally lets out her anger at Kakeru for having destroyed Yukinari’s emotions… Meanwhile, Touko is getting more bad visions of the future, which traumatizes her.
I was starting to be quite anxious over this huge foreshadowing that had no drama to follow it up… But it seems that this episode was the time to let everything slowly start exploding, one event after another.
It seems as though Yanagi really was a ticking bomb… I was starting to doubt the original foreshadowing I’d seen two episodes ago, but the last scene of this episode confirmed my first expectations, proving even more the realism of this girl’s personality. She was rather nice to Touko, however, and seemed to be concentrating her hate much more towards David; this also makes a lot of sense, considering that Touko is her friend and that she truly cares about her. Touko’s a little bit dense, but she’s not a bad person overall.
Meanwhile at the hospital, it seems that Sachi is also exploding – not that was unexpected. It was obvious that she had feelings for Touko, but she was so quiet, so nice and most of all quiet, that I never expected her to turn around and start hating on David to the point where she would try and ruin the relationship he has with Touko.
It also seems that she was clearly using Hiro as a tool, despite now calling him “boyfriend” and all (I’ll admit that I am curious as to why they use the word in English in the show… It almost seems as though they’re ridiculing the term). For the innocent and naive Hiro to be told that he was being used to do bad deeds made me cry a little on the inside, because I could see clearly that his heart was truly betrayed by Sacchan’s words. With the way he left though, maybe Sacchan will realise that taking advantage of such a nice guy is unacceptable, despite being overtaken by her feelings of jealousy. He definitely reached out to her anyway, considering the tears she was shedding after the incident…
Meanwhile, Touko’s sister Hina is finally becoming a little bit more important, by trying to cheer up Yukinari in the only way that she possibly can. What her intentions are, however, I have no idea. She is either trying to put Yukinari back on track out of the goodness of her heart – which could work, although we really don’t know much about her personality so far – or she’s trying to get together with Yukinari herself by getting closer to him… Which would please all the imouto/loli fans out there watching P.A. Works shows and thinking that Hina is best girl, but also sounds frankly unrealistic considering that this is a P.A. Works show.
Finally, it seems that the show has provided us with an insight of Kakeru’s head through visual clones of himself, which is absolutely great considering that he doesn’t necessarily talk a lot and seems to be alone most of the time. This allows for the viewers to understand Kakeru’s character much better, without making his character become inconsistent through making him talk too much. It’s a pretty ingenious technique which I haven’t seen used much in anime; and yet, this show seems to be flowering with rarely used ingenious techniques, such as extreme foreshadowing and lots of symbolism. Nishimura Junji, the director of this show, is really good at what he does, and we can see this more and more as the episodes go along.
In the end, this episode was awesome. I thought that maybe things would start dragging because the drama wasn’t up to par with what the foreshadowing entailed, but it seems that this episode was the time that the whole group would start scattering and finally letting out their emotions towards one another. With this episode, I am now even more certain that I’m going to cry so much by the end of this show… and I’ll love it.
P.S.: this turned out to be a lot longer than I expected… Woups.