「きみについて」 (Kimi ni Tsuite)
Well, if you were expecting something big to happen in this show — it just happened.
With another episode that focused more on the characters than on a mystery, I thought it was a great way to bring some life into Ayaka’s character. The girl who originally brought Narumi into this strange new world really deserved to have at least a single episode devoted to her. Sure there is a mystery at hand about Toshi and his drug habits, but I was impressed how it was always put on the side in favor of more time for Ayaka.
Other than learning about the problems that already exist between Ayaka and Toshi, I was a little taken back when she revealed she was a rather anti-social person. Seeing how she acts around Narumi, Alice, and the rest of Team NEET; I would have never guessed our cheerful Ayaka was bad with people. I’ll admit that I didn’t see it till now, but it must have taken a lot of courage (and work) to carry all those planters up to the roof just to get an opportunity to talk to Narumi.
Even though I thought that little quarrel between Ayaka and Narumi was rather petty, I’m glad that Narumi took the initiative to get things patched up. While Ayaka may have prevented him from being the first one to apologize, I’m impressed Narumi finally understood that keeping secrets and withholding information from his friends would only harm them. Something most male characters don’t even get close to figuring out!
Furthermore, I can’t believe how the episode ended — especially after Narumi managed to get Ayaka to smile. I know that you can’t justify acts of suicide with any kind of reasoning, but watching her jump from the roof onto the bed of flowers below came out of nowhere! It’s hard to say that I didn’t expect something crazy to happen in a show that dabbles with the topics of drugs and the Yakuza, but I never thought someone like Ayaka would be the one to do it.
It’s still hard to believe that she’s just gone like that. And while there may have been a pool of blood underneath her body, there is still the chance she might still be alive right? I know it’s not too uncommon for people who jump off of two story buildings to just get some broken bones!