Suzuka – 12
Honoka, who knows that Yamato likes Suzuka, can’t help but wonder what their relationship is. She finds it hard to spend time with him because different people keep coming between them. After receiving some water park tickets, she tries to ask him to go (when he wanted to use his pair of tickets to ask Suzuka), but Miki interrupts and gathers an entire group, including Suzuka. The water park is as frustrating for Yamato as it is for Honoka, as neither can get close to the one they like. As they are going home in the evening, Yamato manages to get a moment alone with her watching the fireworks together. Days later, Honoka asks Suzuka to walk home together. She confesses that she really like Yamato, and asks Suzuka whether or not she likes him. Yamato walks by just as Suzuka proclaims that she doesn’t particularly like Yamato. Seeing him, Honoka runs off embarrassed. Yamato just takes Suzuka’s comment in stride, saying that he understands that she doesn’t like him.
This would have been a decent episode, even pretty good at the end, if not for the fact that they brought on the second-rate animation team. That alone ruined it for me. This episode suffered from poor character drawings and way too many distance shots. You’d think that for the fanservicey water park part, complete with the female characters in bikinis, they’d have good animation, but no, that is sadly not the case. There’s improvement by the last scene (thankfully), but not nearly enough to make up for it. I did like their use of music there as it brought more feeling out of Honoka and Suzuka’s words.
Oh and what the heck is with the preview? Next episode covers one of the most important (and one of my favorite) chapters, but the preview just goes and spoils it. Well, not quite, but it’s pretty damn clear what’s going on. And the particular frames they show don’t even happen that way in the manga, unless they’re playing the aftermath in reverse(which is what I suspect they are doing). If this makes no sense, don’t worry about it; it’ll all become clear once you see episode 13.
Closing Thought: Sorry for all the ranting, I am just very upset with this episode. Next ep better be where all the budget is going…