sola – 07
It has been a week since Matsuri disappeared, and Yorito finds himself starting at the sunrise one morning at the drink machine where they first met. He had written a note to his sister telling her that he’d be back soon, but since he’s not back yet, she calls him a liar as she sits alone at the breakfast table. Yorito decides to go look again at the church with Mana, when they don’t find her there, Mana suggests that Matsuri is not in this town anymore. Even when he’s at school, Yorito can only think of their last moments together. He wanders around the town thinking about her and goes back to the park with the drink machine, but he finds that the machine is gone now. Meanwhile, Koyori brings some groceries home that Aono wanted for Yorito. Koyori feels that it would be great if Matsuri returned soon and explains that she thinks Matsuri will come back because Matsuri likes it here. She had said before that the reason was because there is sky here, and Koyori thinks that it referred to all the sky photographs that Yorito has around. This causes Aono to remember how Yorito had told her long ago in the past that he wanted to show Matsuri the sky.
When Yorito returns home, he finds Koyori and Aono rearranging the living room, having already taken down all of his sky photographs. Aono reveals that she put them away, but she only gives him a vague answer when he asks why. This causes Yorito to raise his voice at her because those were his precious photos, and he demands to know where they are. Aono doesn’t answer him, so Yorito turns to head out of the room, but Koyori stops him. She tries to explain that Aono wanted to rearrange the room for Yorito’s sake, but Yorito proceeds to voice his frustrations angrily. Although he leaves Koyori in tears, he finds himself questioning what he’s doing. To his surprise, Aono tracks him down in the park, gives him back one of his sky photos, and apologizes for what she did. Yorito then invites her out for a walk and talks about Matsuri leaving and him not being able to see her again. He takes Aono to the church, but he finds the roof gone and the entire place in shambles.
One rainy day a month after Matsuri disappeared, Aono has plans to go out with Yorito. She spends a lot of time deciding what to wear and how to arrange her hair before finally setting out and waiting for Yorito at his school’s gate. Mana remarks that it’s regrettable that today has such bad weather, but Aono thinks that it’s good. The first place the two go is the doll store that Yorito bought all his dolls, and Aono jokingly chooses the sleeping store owner. Afterwards, Aono says that she wants to look into the distance, so the two of them take a lift up the nearby mountain. Aono finds the view beautiful because she can see the world’s colors, from the green grass to the blue roofs to the red ship. These are things she can’t see at night. Just as Yorito is having problems remembering the last time Aono came out like this, a strong wind blows her umbrella away and Yorito is reminded of Matsuri’s umbrella. With nothing to cover her, Aono steps into the rain, but this further reminds Yorito of Matsuri, who had done the same thing.
The two then head back down and Yorito notices how wet Aono is, so he suggests that they go home. When Aono insists that Yorito promised that they would go to the restaurant where Mana is working, Yorito agrees to go, but he first heads to the convenience store to buy her a towel. It is here that someone drops a can that rolls to Yorito’s feet. Recognizing that it’s a can of tomato shiruko, Yorito looks up to find Matsuri standing at the freezer case. She immediately runs out, and when Yorito attempts to chase after her, Aono stops him because she doesn’t want him to go. Yorito, however, apologizes, lets go of Aono’s hand, and runs off. He manages to catch up with Matsuri , but she starts using her abilities to jump across rooftops out of his reach. He quickly loses sight of her, but then notices some birds suddenly clearing out of an area nearby, so he goes to investigate. Aono meanwhile stumbles home alone in the rain and questions why this is happening. When she had talked with Matsuri at the streetcar depot previously, Matsuri had promised her that she would not appear again in front of them.
In a run-down building, Matsuri places a blanket on Mayuko – who is no longer with Takeshi – when Yorito comes in. She tells him not to approach her and begs him to go home, but Yorito refuses. He still hasn’t fulfilled his promise of showing her the sky and suggests that she come home together with him. Matsuri is happy to hear this, but she can’t do that because he is… Before she can finish her sentence, Yorito hugs her and once again tells her to come home. It is at this very moment that Aono’s eyes have turned lifeless, and she utters Yorito’s name as lighting lights up the sky. With this same storm raging outside, Matsuri realizes that she’s been stabbed in the gut with a glass shard by Yorito. He now has the same lifeless look in his eyes as Aono does.
To call this unexpected would be a bit of an understatement for me. Never mind that I hadn’t expected to see Mayuko with Matsuri, but I didn’t think Yorito would stab Matsuri either. Of course, that very well could be Aono, consciously or unconsciously, using her powers to control him and making him do that since they did have the same SEED-mode look on their eyes at the same time. There may also be the possibility that Yorito is something much more than the human we’ve seen him to be. Matsuri never got to finish saying the reason that she can’t go home with him, but it had something to do with who he was. The mystery deepens with the fact that Yorito doesn’t seem to remember much before Aono was hospitalized, which might suggest that she used her powers originally to save him or something. Still, I can’t shake the feeling that there’s something bigger at play here, something that has to do with their past and Takeshi. Regardless of what it is, sola has been quite an impressive series so far, and I hope that this can continue through the end (maybe into the DVD-exclusive episodes also). It seems far too early for Matsuri to die, so I’m curious to see how she is able to recover and how Yorito reacts if or when he finds out what he did.