「誰かさんの思い出になる日」 (Dareka-san no Omoide ni Naru Hi)
“A Day Someone Will Remember”
It’s become quite apparent that the whole “adolescent” deal is more prominent than as mere laughs at the end of every episode. We’ve had it as a metaphor for the amount of regrets before death, and after all, our hero admits he’s obsessed with it to do what’s necessary. With the introduction of the “universe stalker“, it appears we’ve got one more adolescence chaser, even though this one has far passed the age of high school. That’s not to say gaining the points can’t happen after high school, but like Niwa says, there’s just some things you can’t do after.
Maekawa makes note that the rocket man’s dreams of space and vast mysteries must correlate with him being born in the city, a larger “mystery” whose closest cousins lie in visual novels of “magic cities”. *cough* KEY *cough* His previous actions and unknown connections with Meme want to say that he could be Erio’s father, perhaps his way of apologizing to Erio for her situation. The other “new” character, Komaki (Nagashima Yuuko), makes a related point about rockets. Her explanation of them as attempting to break from gravity to make it into space spoke volumes, like any goal-driven being trying to surpass their limits and reach the skies.
It’s also important that she makes a point in that most don’t achieve such success, because who ever heard of the guy who spent his every waking moment attempting to break a world record? No one, because if he doesn’t break it, it doesn’t matter. So how does this even relate to the show as a whole? Probably somewhere along the lines between Erio and Niwa, but when they spend two-thirds of the show making rockets and furthering Ryuuko’s failed attempts at romance, it’s hard to tell. She did get some piece of Niwa’s heart by saying she’d be on his side, but she sure threw Erio under the bus to get it.
The “optional” scenes such as passing the tea around, dinner scene, cutting bottles, do show some different aspects of the characters, but it’s not like they strayed far from a jealous Ryuuko, a neutral Maekawa, and a weird Erio. Even interpreted as comedic bits, it wasn’t really funny. There’s a lot of potential mystery available, but the increased focus on the scenarios of Niwa and his unchanging harem is getting stale. Hopefully Meme will further something by asking Grandma some questions. “Is God an alien?” ..or maybe not..