As she looks over her town from the top of a hill one morning, Kohinata Hayami suddenly hears a boy scream and watches as he emerges from the nearby woods. He is being chased by a wild boar, so Hayami tackles him and lets the boar run by without noticing them. Not knowing who she is, the boy touches Hayami’s face and moves his hand down her body until he unintentionally pokes her breast, causing her to slap him. As it turns out, this boy is blind, though he doesn’t know the cause of his blindness. He tries to apologize to Hayami as she leads him down the hill, explaining that he had ended up there because of a mysterious girl named Otoha who refers to herself as a spirit. The boy then introduces himself as Hirose Takuma, but before he can say any more, they arrive at the road that leads to the school. Despite Takuma figuring out that she’s in junior high too and subsequently inviting her to walk with him, Hayami goes a different direction and warns him not to get involved with her.
At that school, the students are already talking about the new transfer student who’s supposedly here to recuperate from some sickness. Takuma’s arrival starts with him bumping into a girl named Kagura Hinata who had been on the ground after falling down a set of stairs. Unfortunately, he pokes his cane around her butt and unintentionally lifts up her skirt while trying to figure out what his cane is touching. Hinata turns out to be the class representative, and she’s the one who shows him to his seat in his new class. The seat is actually the one right next to Hayami’s, and when Hayami comes in late to class, Takuma speaks up about her helping him earlier in order to prevent her from getting punished by their teacher. Afterwards, Hinata and her friends show Takuma around the school, though he can already figure out what each room is based on its smell. Takuma also notices that Hinata addresses him with the -sama honorific. The group is soon interrupted by the haughty Tabata Yui who is a self-described perfect beauty and leader, and it’s because of her that Takuma accidentally falls onto Hinata, though it somehow ends up with Hinata sitting on his face with panties exposed.
Hinata then takes Takuma to the infirmary and insists that he get some rest. Returning to the classroom by herself, she notices that Hayami’s notebook has gotten trashed and is accompanied by notes calling Hayami a cockroach. Back at the infirmary, the girl Otoha suddenly jumps through the window and onto Takuma, calling him her promised person. She talks to him about seeing, but Takuma believes that there was no way he can since he hasn’t been able to since that time. Urging him not to give up and getting close enough to almost kiss him, she momentarily opens his eyes so that he could see her. Takuma eventually returns back to the classroom with his eyes closed again, and Yui serves lunch to everyone. However, Yui finds that she doesn’t have enough and blames Hayami. When Yui sends her two goons to restrain Hayami and calls Hayami a cockroach to her face, Hayami frees herself and wrecks a pan of food before storming out, even after Takuma tries to help. Takuma wants to chase after her and tries to get Hinata to come with him, but to his surprise, Hinata says that it’s better if they don’t. This doesn’t stop Takuma though, and he finds Hayami right as she’s about to walk out of school. When he trips coming down the stairs, she comes back and catches him. She also tells him to call her by her given name because she hates her family name.
Since she didn’t have lunch, Hayami takes Takuma to an office where she’s hidden some instant ramen. As Hayami boils water, Takuma tries to convince her that she should have tried to talk things through earlier since he feels that Yui isn’t a bad person. When Hayami starts to eat the ramen, Takuma’s stomach growls, and even though he tries to deny wanting some, she feeds him a bite. The two are then discovered by Yui’s two angry goons, and though Takuma tries to help her, Hayami willing goes with them to behind the school building and warns Takuma not to follow her because he can’t do anything. Those words stick with Takuma for the rest of the day, and he ends up dreaming about a train rushing by a railroad crossing. When he wakes up from this nightmare, Otoha appears behind him and wonders if he’s doesn’t like not being able to do anything. Taking her outstretched hand, Takuma is transported to a beach, and Otoha runs out into the water. At her calling, Takuma follows her in and manages to walk all the way to her and into her arms. Because of this, Otoha explains that it’s not that he can’t do something, it’s only that he’s convinced himself that he can’t do it. What she can do as a spirit is to give him a moment of time – how he uses it is up to him. Urging him to do his best, she then kisses him on the forehead, and Takuma wakes up for real.
On this new morning, Hayami is on the hill overlooking the town again, remembering how Takuma had said that the ramen was truly delicious. Takuma then appears at that spot too and notes that he never imagined the view was so beautiful. To her surprise, his eyes are open now, and he stretches out his arm so that they can go to school together.
What kind of series starts out with a girl getting beat up? Who punches a girl anyway? That was quite an eye-opener though (no pun intended), so they succeeded in getting my attention. It was the start of what I thought was a pretty good first episode, with a lot of unanswered questions and a soundtrack that’s really growing on me (I really like the OP too). The whole blindness thing gave an interesting perspective to the story, though it did lead to a couple of the more fanservicey shots with Hinata, and I was surprised to see that Takuma had already opened his eyes by the end of the first episode. Of course, if what Otoha said is true, it might only be temporary, and he personally still has to overcome the mental barriers that prevent him from seeing – or something like that. Speaking of which, Otoha’s entire existence is a bit of a mystery since she appears when Takuma is alone and only he seems to be able to see her. She’s the supernatural element in what was otherwise a pretty grounded show (as close as you can get for an anime anyway) – not that that’s a bad thing.
And since someone’s bound to ask: Did this rock my soul? Probably not, but I like the series so far and see a lot of potential in it, so I’ll probably continue watching. Blogging it is a completely different matter though since I already have Clannad and Shana II on Thursdays.