「軒下少女」 (Nokishita Shōjo)
“Overhanging Deck Girl”
I’ve never felt much of a connection with any of the characters other than based by looks due to lack of followup in their developments, and therefore never much enjoyed their scenes. But Erio, I had a little soft spot for her. No more annoying traits, her attempting to improve her problems, and generally being a positive person did her wonders. Erio’s increasing closeness to the Cousin became quite obvious this episode, and it was surprisingly fun seeing it.
I like whited haired characters. Not sure why. Rather than a sign of old age, it feels like purity. Generally they also have an air of mysteriousness and an appearance of hidden intelligence. Yorda from Ico is definitely one of them. Yashiro the space girl, not so much the latter (though her pocket philosophies on existing due to believing may say otherwise). A cheeky little brat that does meet the weirdness to fit in the rest of the cast, but unlike the others, may actually be a supernatural being. Her running away from home is definitely her flaw to name, and given how the arcs have come so far, the point of her and the rest of everything happening won’t be clear until the end. Did I get a kick out of Yashiro’s antics? A bit, though it felt like it went a little too long.
No episode next week. They pushed it to what seems to be a double episode finale, which will occur the week after. Ryuushi makes the remark that the winner of the last baseball game will decide whether the city or the town will run the festival, and I’m sure there’s some conflict going on there to affect all the characters recently introduced. Will Elliot make a surprise reappearance? Will Ryuushi finally confess despite already hitting Niwa over in the head with hints already? Will Maekawa somehow need to deal with her father owning conflicting shops? Will Erio finally be important to the story again? Will it change my mind about this show? Probably not.