Myself; Yourself – 09
After what happened last time, Nanaka is trying to think of what to say when she sees Sana again, but when the time comes, she isn’t able to say anything. She is later helping her aunt cook dinner when she sees a piece of fish start to burn, and it gives her traumatic flashbacks of a man standing in a wall of flames. Once she finally calms down and tells her uncle that she started to recall something, he suggests that she not force herself to remember. That night, Nanaka continues having nightmares about the fire and wakes up because of them. While going to get some water, she overhears her aunt talking with her uncle about taking her to see the doctor for some hypnotherapy so that she can get her memories back. Even though her aunt thinks that this could lead to them finding the person who set the fire, her uncle doesn’t think that it’s necessary. This causes her aunt to point out that it’s like he’d be troubled if Nanaka got her memories back, but her uncle denies it. Hearing this causes Nanaka to remember a similar scene with her own parents. Returning to own room, Nanaka thinks about how her uncle doesn’t particularly want her to get her memories back and remembers how the detectives had suspected her uncle right after the fire. She didn’t believe it back then and still doesn’t want to believe it now.
The next day, the entire group goes to the amusement park with tickets that Aoi had. After tackling a dizzying array of rides, Hinako is exhausted, but Aoi still wants more. Sana and Nanaka sit out during one of the rides, and at the concession area, they happen to run into Asami taking care of her relative’s son Youta. Asami and Youta join with the group, and everyone pairs off to explore the haunted house. Nanaka claims that she isn’t scared of this stuff, but when a monster falls from the ceiling in front of her face, she rushes into Sana’s arms. Hinako meanwhile tries her best not to be scared in front of Youta and manages to get out of the haunted house by keeping her eyes closed. The group then checks out the Animenger stage show, and all of them, including Nanaka, cheer loudly for the good guys. Youta even gets his photo taken with Anime Red. Afterwards, they head for the Ferris wheel, and Sana and Nanaka find themselves alone in one car. Nanaka uses this chance to finally apologize to Sana for everything she said last time, and he tells her what he wanted to say to her the most – they’ll stay together no matter what happens from now on.
In the other car, Shuusuke tells Shuri privately not to force herself because he can tell that she’s hiding her pain and pretending to be energetic. Shuri questions what she’s supposed to do and voices her frustration over how that woman came into their house right after their mother died, almost as if she was waiting. Shuri is only able to feel helpless and endure it, so she’s at a loss over what to do. Shuusuke feels that it’s okay for her to cry in front of him, but she doesn’t want to hear him say that since he used to be the crybaby. In the third Ferris wheel car, Asami spots Shuri crying, but she doesn’t give anything away when Aoi wonders if something is up. Shuri is back to being her normal self when they all get back to the ground, but Asami can’t forget about what she saw.
So let’s see, there’s a little bit of everything this episode – Nanaka in the beginning, some fun amusement park stuff which was of no consequence to the story in the middle (featuring Wakamoto Norio as the bad guy during the stage performance), and Shuri focus in the final couple of minutes. The suspicions of her uncle probably won’t be completely confirmed until Nanaka gets her memories back, and I imagine that’ll require Nanaka to be exposed to flames again or something similar. The Shuri stuff meanwhile caught me a little by surprise because I didn’t think they’d go back to her story until a later episode. It probably serves as a bridge between this week and next week, which appears to be all about the twins (and no, I doubt it’ll end up being siscon or incest or anything of that sort). It’s also starting to look like Asami’s part in the rest of the story won’t be in Sana and Nanaka’s story but will instead will actually be with helping Shuri.