Natsuiro Kiseki – 11
「当たって砕けろ！東京シンデレラツアー」 (Atatte Kudakero! Toukyou Shinderera Tsua)
“Give it a Shot! Tokyo Cinderella Tour”
The audition. This episode represented the girls’ last, best chance to do something so they could all stay together forever. Or was it? Let me tell you, a lot happened this episode, and it was one of the best ones of the entire show. Starting off, the biggest surprise was something that surprised Natsumi as well – that Yuka wanted to do something as sensible as practice before the audition. Yuka has always been really flighty, but that’s when it became clear that she was actually serious about this idol thing. No, that’s just when it started to dawn…it became clear was when she started to get scared. Oh my. I truly do like honest idiots like Yuka, but the problem is that they’re so confident because they really don’t think things through. That can be quite a problem when they’re confronted with harsh reality, as we saw here. She wanted it so bad, and she suddenly realized she might not get it. Poor Yuka.
Fortunately, Yuka’s friends are fantastic. From the little things like knowing they needed to wake up Rin twice (at least), to getting drinks and waiting by sick Natsumi’s side, they’re always there for one another. So, when Yuka started to freak out, they were there to reassure her. I love those friendship moments, each and every time. Not that it stopped Yuka from being nervous, mind you. I don’t blame her,though. I would have been too, in her situation.
Of course, the moment that hurt the most was when Yuka tripped, and you knew their chance was over. As she was kneeling on the ground, crying over her mistake, that’s when she let out the real reason – that they needed to become idols this time so they could stay with Saki. “Ah,” I said out loud, because I’m a crazy person who talks to myself. “There it is.” Yuka was thinking the exact same thing we were, that this was their way to defy the inevitable, to fight fate. I know I’m repeating myself, but rather than a yuri anime or a slice of life anime, I’ve always enjoyed this show the most when it’s a heartfelt friendship anime. Watching Yuka cry, and Saki stand up and say that going to more auditions would be no problem…I smiled. I may have even teared up a little bit, somewhere deep inside.
And then there was the wish. I knew, as soon as the camera first panned to the big rock’s latest cousin, that one of them would make that wish. Natsumi was so overflowing with feelings that it was obvious it would happen sooner or later. This is where the reality of Saki’s move really began to press in on them, not intellectually, but emotionally, and Natsumi’s confession-like plea that Saki not move made it clear they’re not all ready to let go. And Saki’s reaction! Then the big rock and its cousin stepped in…
Man, I’m really curious where this will go. If I had to guess (and I do!), they’ll enjoy their endless summer for a while…before they finally accept that they have to grow up and move on, and they’ll wish for it to an end. Feel free to post your own guesses below. Still, regardless of how it ends, I expect the last episode will be full of overflowing emotions as the girls try to snatch a little bit more time out of fate’s hands.
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Despite being so carefree, Yuka really did want this. Too bad =/ Now, the endless summer. I wonder how it’ll all end… #NatsuiroKiseki
- I know I can’t be the only one, but…who else immediately thought of Endless Eight when the never-ending summer was brought up? Don’t worry, don’t worry! There’s only one episode left, so there’s little chance of a tragedy of that caliber. But still, the thought occurred!
- It’s been so long since we saw Yuka with her hair down. I kinda missed it. Oh man, only one more episode of me commenting on Yuka’s hair? I’ll miss that!!
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