「ゆううつフォートリップス」 (Yuuutsu Fou Torippusu)
“Melancholy For Trips”
This episode was aptly named, but let me suggest an alternative: Mizukoshi Saki no Yuuutsu. Not that I can blame Saki for making these kinds of faces. Though the girls decided to just visit the island this time, the parallels between now and the next time she’ll go there – when she moves there for good – are obvious and depressing, at least to someone like Saki who doesn’t want to move. Watching her look back wistfully, and snap awake after having bad dreams left me feeling as off kilter as I expect Saki herself felt. I’ll be the first to admit that Natsuiro Kiseki hasn’t always exhibited the most adroit of storytelling, but I thought juxtaposing Saki’s melancholy with the silly antics of her friends (especially Yuka) was done quite well. To feel alone in a crowd…I can understand that.
This episode made me wonder about something. Why is it that, when there’s a metaphorical axe hanging over the story in other shows (like Saki’s imminent move is here), it can be annoying or even painful, but that’s not the case with this show? Perhaps I’m growing older, wiser, or perhaps I’ve just properly set my expectations for this slice-of-life show, but Saki’s eventual departure is only now starting to worry me as the time to deal with it comes ever closer. Anyone else feel the same way? Though I’m not even sure if I’m making any sense!
Then there’s the big rock. As the elephant in the room that might just solve Saki’s problem – if they dare to use it for such a thing – I was surprised when Yuka asked them to use it to cure her motion sickness, and the others treated this as a legitimate possibility. Until that moment, I had assumed that they needed to be touching the big rock for it to work, but then again, why not? Who’s to say it’s not somehow linked to these four girls, regardless of where they are? This brings up interesting possibilities of the girls using the big rock’s power to bridge the gap between them, even when Saki moves. I don’t think that will be the case, but still, it’s a possibility. Hurm…
Digressions aside, the other really interesting part of this episode was the final scene on the deck between Saki and Natsumi. They were really smacking the “Yuri Subtext” gong pretty hard in that scene, what with Natsumi saying she was going to tell Saki’s dad not to take her away, and crying as she went into the “Beacause, I…”. I reeeeeeally want to know what she was saying…and by the looks of it, I’m not the only one. Ohoho!
tl;dr: @StiltsOutLoud – #NatsuiroKiseki Ep8 should have been named “Mizukoshi Saki no Yuuutsu”, though Saki is really a better Kyon than a Haruhi. Hmmm… #Haruhi
- Rin continues to be my favorite character for stealth cuteness. There’s nothing better than a contented Rin! Other than a glomped-by-Yuka Rin, of course, but Sunrise cheaped out on the animation budget for that scene this week. Cheapskates!
- I thought the insert song did a good job of adding a wistful edge to what would have otherwise been light-hearted traveling scenes. I’m not sure if it’s something I’d listen to by itself, though. I guess I’ll find out whenever the full version comes out.
- I am excited for next week. So excited.