「ナオクラキソラ」 (Nao Kuraki Sora)
“The Dark Sky”
As seen in the ending sequence and confirmed this episode, a very innocent Sora did stumble on Nao having her way with Haru when they were younger. However, if that didn’t scar her childhood memories and convince her that Nao was trying to take Haru from her, a repeat of that in the same house should help in that regard. While it was Haru taking the initiative this time around and having his way with Nao, it doesn’t mean much when Sora wakes up to the sight of Nao with her shirt lifted and Haru aggressively thrusting up against her body. I really don’t blame her for interrupting them now that she understands what’s going on, and I was actually happy to see her throw Nao out the house, reveal that she knows what she did to Haru when they were younger, and tell her never to come close to Haru again. Admittedly, it’s kind of odd that I’m on Sora’s side when Haru and Nao technically aren’t doing anything wrong though. Part of me can’t help but feel sympathetic towards Sora’s situation, seeing as there’s a very real possibility that she does have intimate feelings her twin brother ever since their kiss. Of course, that would sort of suggest that I’m okay with an incestuous relationship between the two of them, which I really can’t say that I am. Not definitively anyway, and it’s not something that I care to get into a moral debate about either. All I will say is that from my vantage point, Haru’s personal happiness is coming at Sora’s expense and that’s not a trade-off that should have to be made.
If I were to take the stance that incestuous relationships are illegal, then the conclusion would be easy. Sora needs to get over her attachment to Haru and let him be happy with Nao if that’s truly what he wants. At the moment, he’s given every indication that he does want to be in a relationship with Nao, and is working together with her to try and make Sora eventually accept it. Legally speaking, there’s no reason why Sora should be as upset as she when Nao’s trying her best to get on good terms with her. After all, Kazuha, Akira, and Motoka were all quick to accept their relationship and show their support when Ryouhei tipped them off about the problem they’re having with Sora. But (and this is a big but), who’s to say that love thinks rationally like that? At this point, I can’t say whether Sora actually sees Haru in an intimate way or simply hates Nao for taking advantage of her brother when he was young and innocent, but I can probably safely conclude that she had no idea what incest is when Haru kissed her nor what sex is when Nao was taking her clothes off on top of Haru. Given the time that’s passed between then and now, it’s almost guaranteed that she knows what they are now, yet there’s an understandable feelings of anger from having her innocent heart toyed with back then. Once even remote feelings of love come into the picture, it’s almost guaranteed that thinking and acting rationally goes straight out the window.
On that note, it probably doesn’t help that Sora’s a hikikomori and only has Haru to interact with, meaning that if he does get into a steady relationship with Nao, it’s almost guaranteed that he’ll pay much less attention to her as an older brother. So even without the whole incest bit, Sora is getting the short end of the stick in one way or another. While the circumstances may be the same even if Nao hadn’t taken advantage of Haru back then, I’m leaning towards the highly likely possibility that they’d be different. At the very least, Sora wouldn’t have a reason to channel all her hate towards Nao, who clearly realizes she shouldn’t have done what she did even now. I’m just glad I’m not the one that has to try and sort out their current situation, because I can only realistically expect Sora to continue hating Nao and distancing herself from her and Haru. Over time, she may come to be okay with their relationship, but it’s not something that’s going to happen overnight when she’s resented Nao for many years now. The way that Haru and Nao are trying to get on her good side by cooking her curry, sharing lunch with her, and giving her fruits and vegetables feels like they’re trying to buy her forgiveness and ease their own consciences. It almost seems like they expect to her to be okay with it all of a sudden, which to me means that Haru clearly doesn’t understand Sora’s feelings at all. Anyway, the drama’s definitely turned up a notch, so let’s see how this one concludes next time.
* I haven’t made mention of this yet, but a letter and a number are shown on all the episode title screens after the first one and indicate what episode of whose arc it is. For example, this one was “N3”, indicating that it’s the third episode in Nao’s arc. The previous one was “NS2”, meaning it’s a common second episode in both Nao and Sora’s arcs.