Kanon – 08
After Nayuki leaves early for practice one morning, Yuuichi and Makoto are talking about what to do with the cat. Yuuichi suggests Makoto ask Akiko, knowing that she’ll answer immediately. Indeed, Akiko immediately approves it, but she warns them about Nayuki’s allergy too. They then try to think up a name for the cat, but Makoto doesn’t like Yuuichi’s initial choices. The one she finally warms up to is Piroshiki, or Piro for short. Although Yuuichi insists that it has no meaning, Akiko knows that he named it after the Russian pirozhki (a type of stuffed bun). In any case, Makoto likes Piro so much that she even brings the cat with her to her job. On the way to school, she explains to Yuuichi that she feels that Piro helped her after she lost her memory.
At school, Yuuichi encounters Mai and tells her about finding Makoto. He asks her again about how she knew, but the answer is still the same – Mai had a hunch. When Yuuichi then tries to beg for more information from Mai, she says that she can’t do anything, but… It’s at this point that Amano Mishio walks by and Mai reveals that Mishio might be able to do something. Mai doesn’t say anything more about the subject, even when they’re having lunch together. It is when Yuuichi is getting out from school that he notices Makoto outside by the gate and Mishio appears behind him, saying that Makoto is waiting for him. When she asks him for Makoto’s name, Yuuichi tells her, but suddenly gets a flashback of his childhood. In it, he’s explaining to someone that someone else’s name is Sawatari Makoto.
By the time Yuuichi comes to his senses again, Mishio is gone. He goes out to meet Makoto, and on the way home, she tells him that the people at the nursery weren’t happy that she brought Piro. Seeing how depressed she looks, Yuuichi offers to buy her a meat bun. Those magical words immediately brighten up her. Later that day, Makoto interrupts Yuuichi’s homework to show him how cute Piro is drinking milk, thought it leaves him less than impressed. She rushes into his room again after he’s done with his homework because Piro seems to have gotten sick. After cleaning up the mess, Yuuichi warns Makoto to be more careful with the cat. When both Makoto and Piro go to sleep, Yuuichi thinks to himself that he knows a girl by the name of Sawatari Makoto. However, that Sawatari Makoto isn’t the person in front of him, but rather an older girl he liked when he was young. Still, except for a certain person, no one else should know that name.
On the way to work the next day, Makoto suddenly loses her balance, though she blames it on how she didn’t sleep last night. At school, Yuuichi meets with Mishio again and this time gets a proper introduction. He then asks her to be Makoto’s friend, but Mishio refuses even though she somehow knows that Makoto lost her memory. Yuuichi feels that she must know something and perhaps she was acquainted with Makoto when she was young. Amano, however, denies it and claims that if anyone knew Makoto before, it would be Yuuichi himself. She thinks that it must have been a long time ago, but at that time, that girl… Yuuichi interrupts Mishio at this point because he doesn’t want her to say anymore.
Yuuichi finds Makoto waiting for him after school again and this time she tells him that she remembered something about her past. She then takes him up to Monomi Hill – a place that she feels she’s been for a long time. While walking through the nearby woods, Makoto stops at a clearing that Yuuichi realizes is where he separated from a certain someone. She suddenly hits him for a reason she doesn’t even understand, and then the two of them notice that it has started to snow. Yuuichi offers to buy her a meat bun, so they head home, though Makoto trips and falls down first. The two end up having a lot of fun together in town before arriving home, where Nayuki meets them at the door. After Makoto goes inside, Nayuki informs Yuuichi that her mother has had no success finding Makoto’s parents.
Before dinnertime, Makoto interrupts Yuuichi’s reading to ask him to make paper airplanes with her, but he turns her down. She then comes by again to ask him to read manga with her, and he agrees after seeing how there’s words in it that she can’t read. As they lie together on his bed, he reads out to her the shoujo manga that she picked out. During dinner, Makoto suddenly drops her chopsticks, though she blames her hand not moving on being tired. Later that night, after Yuuichi has fallen asleep, Makoto comes to his room again and wakes him up because she’s looking for Piro. The cat has made its way into Yuuichi’s bed, so Makoto decides to sleep there too. Yuuichi is ready to move into her room for the night, but she tugs on his shirt as an indication that she doesn’t want him to go. Unable to sleep, Yuuichi hears Makoto talk in her sleep about being with someone forever. Yuuichi starts to feel that he’s in a long dream and remembers that 10 years ago, it was like this too. He remembers how he had helped an injured kitsune and told it about the Sawatari Makoto that he knew.
On the way to school the next day, Yuuichi teases Makoto about being cute after she reveals that she doesn’t want to get revenge on him right now. It is later in the day that he meets with Mishio again and confirms that Makoto isn’t human. Mishio thinks that Makoto came here only to meet Yuuichi, taking a human form in the process. In other words, Yuuichi is in the middle of a brief miracle right now, one that Makoto traded her life for. Mishio explains that two sacrifices need to be made for a miracle to occur: a person’s memory and their life. Although Makoto doesn’t know about it, her own health will deteriorate and it will become hard for her to behave as a human. Yuuichi becoming attached to her now means that their parting will be full of sorrow. Mishio finally ends their conversation by telling him not to involve her in this anymore.
So as suspected, Makoto is indeed not human, and is instead a kitsune turned temporarily turned human. From what I can gather, Yuuichi helped her 10 years ago and told her about a Sawatari Makoto that he knew, and so the kitsune turned into Sawatari Makoto by sacrificing its memory and life. It seems that the current Makoto might be the kitsune that Yuuichi and Nayuki encountered in the first episode.
I wonder how they’re going to structure the rest of this series if they’re going to get Makoto’s story out of the way in the next few episodes. If Makoto’s conclusion has her living, then she’ll end up in a backseat role for the remainder, but if she dies or goes back to being a kitsune or something, then it seems like there’d be a void at home. Either way, I’m curious to see where this goes.