「ココロかさねて」 (Kokoro Ka Sanete)
So it looks like all four of them aren’t required to make a wish. It’s not certain whether two are still needed, or whether one person can make a wish alone, but what is certain is that it’s less the number of people than the feeling that matters. While Yuka wishing to be an idol, a model, a billionaire, and to never have to do chores again was cute and all, those weren’t the sort of heartfelt wishes that the big rock appears to grant. Rather, it’s the ones that the characters truly feel from the bottom of their hearts – like for their friends to make up, or to be able to fly (because what person hasn’t wished for that?) – that it grants. “Heartfelt” is a good word for it, yeah.
Anyway, so this episode was primarily about Natsumi and Saki making up. While I didn’t get attached to Natsumi and Saki in the first episode, I’m definitely there now. It’s not that they didn’t spend half the time still fighting, it’s just that they both got to show off their good sides a little more as well. I especially like how Saki was going to text Natsumi to apologize anyway. D’AWWW, that’s true friendship!
But probably the part that most people liked the most – myself included – was all the delightful yuri subtext. While there’s a part of me that must decry the fact that every anime with primarily female cast invariably ends up pandering to the yuri crowd, the rest of me loves seeing Natsumi and Saki stuck together like this. Ahhh hypocrisy, thy name is Stilts! I must admit though, the moment where they separated and then flopped into the water (while Yuka simply stopped, because she’s not as much of a baka as they thought!) was both amusing and endearing. You two didn’t think that one through real well, didja? Hah!
The thing I didn’t expect was that someone would see the four girls flying. This opens up the door for drama, which I wouldn’t have expected at episode two. That said, I still don’t really sense any drama on the horizon – I just can’t imagine episode turning into some kind of witch hunt, despite the evidence to the contrary. Rather, it looks like Sunrise just isn’t content to let the girls to goof around, make wishes on the big rock, and end up with glamorous lives. Instead, they’re mixing things up a bit so that we get to see how the girls react in different (slightly supernatural) situations every week. Hopefully this will keep things fresh all the way until the end!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – Cute girls + fighting + well-intentioned friends + wish-granting rock = fun times! Mmmm, taste that yuri goodness :3 #Natsuiro_Kiseki
- The chase scene dragged on a little too long, particularly in the middle, where it seemed like they were just padding out the episode. That said, it recovered by the end. Still, I could have gone for less of the chase and more of the bedroom scene. I have a feeling I’m not alone in this.
- Anyone else get Conan Edogawa vibes from Yuusuke-kun (Mako)? Or is shouta + glasses + curiosity not enough to say that?
- Rin wouldn’t mind being stuck to Yuka, eh? Ufufufu~ :3
ED: 「明日への帰り道」 (Ashita e no Kaeri Michi) by Sphere
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