「私の青空」 (Watashi no Aozora)
“My Blue Sky”
But getting back to the topic at hand, I really enjoyed the way this episode handled all the little facts it revealed about Sora. Seeing how the over arching story has made it past the difficulties of losing one’s parents and getting used to a completely different lifestyle, it makes sense that the next big topic to tackle would be handling problems on an individual level. Utilizing the same formula as last week the show put a character’s problems on display, watch them hit rock bottom, and somehow make a triumphant return ready to take on even bigger challenges. But unlike Miu whose problem was trying to understand that with being perfect in the eye’s of her peers wasn’t the most important thing in the world, Sora wasn’t facing her peers — she was facing herself.
For those of you elder siblings out there, you should understand the feeling of having this certain responsibility to be the perfect around your siblings. From schoolwork to housework, there’s an unspoken rule that carries a harsh punishment for those who fail to achieve perfection. But as you grow up and the boundaries between you and your siblings shrink, it becomes obvious after making enough mistakes that being loving toward your siblings and not trying to be the perfect role model is what you should strive for. In Sora’s case, it felt like she started right in the middle of this trend. Already making mistake after mistake, it was apparent that she was having trouble getting back up and trying to move forward. And had Sora actually broke out in tears before a certain busty and socially awkward senpai interrupted her I don’t know how I would have reacted. But after a pep talk from Raika and a few touching words from Yuuta, I was fully content with the quick turnaround Sora had.
And during this Sora centered episode, I loved how Kurumi got a chance to show off a side we’ve never seen and still played into Sora’s story. For me, I would love to have a perpetually drunk Kurumi instead of a sober one. Not only is her new found confidence a huge turn on but something about this pose strikes me as one of the best pairings I’ve seen in this series thus far. That said, how cute was it to see that both Sora and Kurumi both found their resolve to take life’s lemons and make lemonade out of it?
Now that both Miu and Sora have had their own episodes, I was hoping that Hina would finally get one! But judging from the preview and the sadness in Sora’s voice, it looks like something depressing is in-store for us. However, I say that with a little bit of hesitation since the last time there was a gloomy preview I incorrectly assumed that the episode would be gloomy. Either ways, I’m sure the writers will give us something to look forward to.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star…