「アジサイ色の絵テガミ」 (Ajisai-iro no Etegami)
“The Hydrangea Colored Picture-Letter”
As Lag struggles over what to write in the letter bullet, the series starts progressing down the episodic route with a request by Ray Attlee (Takayama Minami) to find out who’s been delivering hydrangea colored paintings to her. It was a pretty unassuming story much like most of the ones I’ve come across in this series, but turned out to be surprisingly touching when Lag discovered that Ray’s big maid Kimidori was behind them. It even threw in a short-lived disturbance of sorts when the older maid Colbasso decided to take credit for the pictures after overhearing Kimidori beg Lag to keep it a secret. It was a bit hard to really take Colbasso seriously when she turned out to be an old hag though, primarily because I figured it’d be all resolved in this very episode.
Be that as it may, it was still nice to see Lag jump to the chase and get things cleared up right away with his Red Needle shindan, which revealed that Kimidori was also from Ray’s hometown of Medium and had lost the hairpin she had given her. What caught my a bit off-guard emotionally during that flashback sequence was Kimidori expressing how she’s traveling to Central to attend to the sickly Ray, even though she felt she had no right to be her friend anymore in light of selling the hairpin to pay off debts. I really didn’t expect to react to anything this week, but that’s exactly what I love about this series. The mini stories with newly introduced characters seem to have their way of creeping up on me.
As much as I enjoy the laid-back feeling of these type of episodes, I’m looking forward to the next one that will actually feature some Gaichuu. Jiggy looks like he’ll be around as well, while Lag helps out at a lighthouse. Hopefully a bit more of the overarching story revolving around Gauche and Reverse comes from it, but I’m not holding my breath this early into the new season.