「雨を見たかい」 (Ame wo Mita kai)
“Have You Seen the Rain?”
A day at school during the summer break turns into a full-out scavenger hunt after a sudden downpour. While the rain manages to cool down the unbearable heat wave, the Girls Club finds themselves taking an unexpected dip in the school fountain before it’s all said and done.
Given the mystery surrounding the clue Miyako stumbled upon in one of the library books, this episode had to me following along attentively. One clue led to another and eventually into the music room, where the portraits of all the famous composers make sense of the wacky Bach and Beethoven preview from last week. The hunt ended on a somewhat anticlimactic note though, with the discovery of a message in a bottle indicating it was a game prepared by former students.
Regardless, I felt they did a good job highlighting some of the character developments during all this. In particular, we got to see how Ushio has patched things up with her senior Chizuka. In addition, the discussion on the new novel Azusa reaffirms that she’s decided to take a step back from Sumika. In the latter’s case, I like how only Tomoe realized it and used her line about “treading on the thorny shrub behind” from the train ride last time to let Azusa know. Masaki on the other hand continues to be a victim every time he helps Sumika, but at least he had his moment here when she acknowledged him as a guy.
My original thought after I finished watching this episode was that the timing for it seemed a bit weird. Despite being perfectly enjoyable, I questioned whether it made sense to have this right before the finale. However, it did serve as a good way of tying up all the loose ends for the reasons I mentioned above. The best part of it all was how unassuming their approach was to that end. It wasn’t overly apparent they were wrapping things up, hence my presumptuous initial reaction. All that’s left now is the situation between Sumika and Ushio, which I hope they’ll dedicate the majority of the final episode to. The preview seems to suggest such.
At this point, I don’t expect the two of them to fall in love and start making out like Tomoe and Miyako, but I’d like to see them realize their feelings for one another and conclude on that note. It would leave the door open to their possibilities together, which we don’t necessarily have to see to get a satisfying ending.
* And before I forget, Merry Christmas everyone!