So-Ra-No-Wo-To – 06
Having just been paid recently, Kanata heads into town on her day off to do some shopping, unaware of where the money came from. It turns out that the other girls have been illegally distilling and selling Calvados on the side through the shopkeeper Naomi, and on this particular day, some shady guys have shown up. Because of this, Filicia, Rio, Kureha, and Noel put on an act and pretend to gun down some buyers who wouldn’t agree to their terms, and this, along with a sudden rockslide that crushes their car, scares off the shady guys. The rockslide, however, was not part of the girls’ plan, and it instead had to do with what Kanata was up to.
Mishio, one of the orphaned girls being taken care of by the church, had been searching for a certain box in the market when Kanata found her, but she had run off after Kanata mentioned that she was shopping for presents for her family. Kanata learned from Yumina afterward that Mishio was searching for a memento of her dead mother, and Yumina blames herself for not being a good enough substitute family for the girl. Mishio had actually run to the roof of a building overlooking the area where Filicia and company were putting on their act, and when the first shot was fired, Mishio had lost her footing. Fortunately, Kanata was there and had pulled her to safety, but in the process of doing so, they had caused the rockslide. Mishio cries for Yumina, and after finding her box by chance among the things in the crushed car, the two return to the church where Mishio lets Yumina tie her hair with the hair ties in the box. Later that night, Rio and Kanata talk about fate and how a coincidence caused by one person can greatly affect another’s life.
Despite being predisposed against the Mishio half of this episode (as I’ve said in the past, I generally dislike bratty kids stories), I actually felt this episode as a whole was pretty good. We finally found out what Filicia and company have been up to in secret – though I suspect this isn’t the only thing they’re keeping from Kanata – and the entire mobster scene was a lot of fun to watch. I love hearing Endou Aya voice a character in a role like that; it was Sheryl-esque even. What was also great was seeing how the two parallel stories that came together by the end, emphasizing the themes of coincidence and fate, kind of like what Durarara has been doing lately. The question though of course is still what all this is leading up to, and we might gotten another clue in what the priest said about the invisible Shinigami since it could be referring to a weapon of mass destruction or a plague or something. We’re now halfway through the series, and I look forward to seeing if and when this all becomes relevant to the main plot.