「つながる想い～光～」 (Tsunagaru Omoi ~ Hikari ~)
“Connected Feelings ~ Light ~”
At the end of this three episode long arc, I can honestly say I was expecting way more then what was given. Throughout the entire episode, I was hoping for some kind of big finish or huge revelation. And while there was a huge revelation, the way it was delivered nearly killed all the momentum that this entire arc had been building up since it started. My little nitpicking aside, the episode itself was still really fun watch. First, if you remember the guy who randomly appeared behind Haruka two episodes ago, that was actually Shunsuke Takeda. Second, I went back and double checked episode seven since I never would have guessed that he was a spirit. Mostly due to the fact that Yakumo has been the only person able to see and hear spirits, it surprised me when Takeda had the power to reveal himself to others. As the episode progressed, it looked as if Takeda had taken a lot of time to think through and plan a way for the others to save Yakumo and Haruka. While I thought the way he saved Haruka was brilliant, I didn’t get why he didn’t just tell Haruka everything. I mean, he has the ability to talk to people so I don’t think taking the time to talk to Gotou (especially AFTER he was captured) made the most sense. What if Ishii and Matoko weren’t able to find him in time? Luckily they did find Gotou in time, tied up and untouched at the bottom of a stairwell inside of secret room at Nanase mansion.
What came next TOTALLY blew my mind. First, Nanase Miyuki, the girl with the taser who happens to be only Nanase who survived from being murdered, had a pretty screwed up childhood. Being conceived between her mother and GRANDFATHER, it’s easy to see where her crazy personality comes from. Combined with the influence from Yakumo’s father, it’s also not that hard to believe that she was the one who murdered her family. As if revealing that a little girl in elementary school who murdered her family wasn’t enough, there’s a vivid flashback depicting the murders themselves. While watching Nanase kill her family gave me the chills, there’s this short scene of her singing “London Bridge is falling down” except with the words replaced with “Take a key and lock her up”. As she sings it in English, it started to freak me out – watching a crazy little girl hum an innocent childhood song. Second, Yakumo’s mother finally makes her apperance! The amount of feeling and emotion I was expecting to feel came from the last place I would have expected it to, but I’ll elaborate on that in a minute. Yakumo’s mother reveals that after Takeda proposed to her nearly fifteen years ago, that before she even had the chance to be happy, she had her entire world turned upside down. With Takeda being placed as the main suspect for the Nanase murder, combined with the stress of raising Yakumo alone, she was slowly going crazy from stress. After a surprise visit from Yakumo’s father, she believes his lie that Yakumo would grow up and kill more people than Takeda did. Her attempt to kill Yakumo as a child was only to prevent him from becoming a murderer. After learning that Yakumo’s mother didn’t try to outright kill her son because of his red eye I started to feel pretty bad for her. Especially since Yakumo’s father is the one who basically ruined Yakumo’s entire life. I don’t know where Yakumo’s father got the balls to say that it was Yakumo’s mother’s own intention to kill her son, but with what I compared to giving him the finger, Yakumo accepts his mother’s story and doesn’t give in to the “darkness”. Meaning he ended the whole arc with a smile on his face. At this point I still don’t get what his father is trying to do with this whole “darkness” aspect but it’s clear that it isn’t working.
As our evil duo makes their flashy escape, it looks like life almost returns back to normal. Except that Ishii looks like more confident then ever, Gotou and his wife seem to be on better terms, and the episode decided to make me tear up a little bit. Earlier when I said that I expected his mother’s story to bring some emotion to the table, I didn’t really feel anything during the climax – and that’s probably because the writers saved it for the end of the episode. As Yakumo, Haruka, and the others go to honor his mother and Takeda’s death, the emotions start to build quickly. From watching Yakumo’s mom try to reach out and touch Yakumo’s face to Yakumo dropping his tsundere exterior and shyly asking his mom “Do you have to go already?” as she fades away, I was at the verge of shedding some tears (I think a few might have made it out).
Next week’s episode looks like it will be the start of another new arc. You can bet I’m super excited especially after seeing that it’s once again not a single arc episode. Woohoo!