Da Capo II – 11
On cleaning duty, Minatsu gets more work when the boys who are supposed to be helping decide to skip out because they feel that there’s no need for them to clean with her around. Yoshiyuki asks his friends to leave Minatsu up to him because he still feels responsible for activating her, and for this reason he decides to take some time off from the band. This doesn’t leave Koko very happy, and she finds Yoshiyuki after class to offer her help too, but he turns her down because he doesn’t want to put her in any danger. Minatsu, Yume, and Sakura then join the two, and Sakura suggests that Minatsu live with them until this is all over. Koko again doesn’t like this and walks before the others notice that she’s gone. The next day, she tries to give Yoshiyuki some food she made for everyone, but before he can accept it, he gets called away by Yume because of something with Minatsu. This leads to Koko deciding to skip out on band practice without telling Nanaka and instead going out to a cafe with Akane and Anzu. Yoshiyuki hears about this and realizes that it’s his fault, but when he asks Koko about it, she makes up an excuse to keep him from worrying. She even goes out of her way to avoid running into him in the hallway when she sees him with Yume and Minatsu.
In the student council room, Maya gets frustrated with Otome, so she decides to go lodge a protest with the PTA and the school board about Minatsu. When Mayuki again questions if Otome really doesn’t know anything about all this, Otome decides to tell her the truth. Minatsu meanwhile does some research on Maya’s father, and when she’s out with Yoshiyuki at the supermarket later, the two actually run into Maya. Seeing Maya determined as ever and not willing to give up, Yoshiyuki tries to say that he understands her feelings, but she doubts that he knows the pain and sorrow of suddenly losing a father. Maya had come to the supermarket with her little brother whom she treats with none of the vitriol she has towards robots, and Yoshiyuki later comments to Minatsu that he didn’t know Maya had such a young sibling. Minatsu feels that she now understands Maya’s anger since Maya’s family had such a young kid in it when robots screwed everything up. Yoshiyuki still thinks that this doesn’t have anything to do with Minatsu, but she disagrees. Minatsu recalls how she had hated humans and had always believed that robots were the victims, but she now realizes that this was a big mistake. She knows now that there are humans like Maya who became unhappy because of robots, and she feels that Maya is like how she used to be.
When Koko is absent from school the next day, Nanaka decides to pay her a visit at home. Nanaka knows how lonely Koko has been because of all the Minatsu stuff going on and suggests that Koko take it easy. While they’re talking, Yoshiyuki arrives at Koko’s house and rings the doorbell, so Nanaka goes to answer it, but Koko stops her. After Yoshiyuki leaves because he thinks no one is home, Koko admits that she wants to help Yoshiyuki and be with him, but she had masked her true feelings and lied. She knows that this isn’t the real her and remembers how she wasn’t like this before going out with Yoshiyuki. It’s painful for her to be with him, and because of all this, she worries that she’ll hate herself and him too. Crying in Nanaka’s arms now, Koko thinks that her relationship with Yoshiyuki might not work out.
It’s hard for me to describe exactly why, but the mixture of the Minatsu/robot/human relations story with Koko’s frustrations of going out with Yoshiyuki just isn’t as compelling to watch as I would have liked it to be. So far, it’s lacked a certain drama factor and level of emotion that you can find in critical parts of other shows (Clannad, ef, or even the original Da Capo for example). The feelings expressed by Koko at the end of the episode just don’t do it for me. We’re not quite at the climax yet (at least I don’t think we are), so there’s still the possibility that things can still get better, but I’m weary because two episodes don’t leave a lot of room for things to happen though. I assume that anything with the sakura tree or the magical aspects of the show is going to begin next episode if they occur at all.