「気づいた時にはまた始まっていたという話」 (Kizuita Toki ni wa Mata Hajimatteita toiu Hanashi)
“A Story That Continued Before Anyone Realized It”
After last week’s halfway point, I wasn’t sure what I was expecting from this episode. Although I’m a little sad to realize that a lot of last week’s developments went… nowhere. I am looking at you Iori and Taichi! However, I can understand why. A lot of awkward confrontations lead to awkward conversations and no one really wants to “talk” about it afterwards. From my personal experience, trust me, it’s always the aftermath that no one wants to initiate conversation about – the giant pink elephant in the room. As a result, I give props to Iori for bringing it up. It’s clear that they both like each other, but Iori loses a lot of points for maintaining their relationship at “status quo“. What is that even supposed to mean? I figure that guys (and girls) both want more concrete answers when it comes to these things… no one wants a “maybe” answer. Grey area is seriously the worst place to settle when you both like each other.
Forgetting about the main couple at the moment, Heartseed also makes his reappearance and that music! Oh-em-gee, that music is what sends shivers down my spine and his monotone voice. I really can’t stand Heartseed’s character anymore. From his lack of compassion and his indifference to everything… he lacks so much emotion and disinterest in the lives of the characters – all he’s looking for is a good show. Why? What is this going to accomplishment other than to tickle his funny bone and for entertainment? Ugh! It’s stuff like this that lacks explanation which bothers me. Other than that… I will take the plot twist at face value. The characters will now act impulsively to heightened emotions and thoughts at sporadic moments. Got it.
So this sets up a new arc for us and the center of it all this time seems to be Himeko. The stripping wasn’t a surprise, but rather just a huge tease! It’s more than obvious to me that she has feelings for Taichi; what annoys me is how Iori seems to be so oblivious to it. It’s a blessing and a curse to be so ignorant to your surroundings though. I think Iori does a great job with interacting with others and changing herself to suit her audience, but at the same time, I think she doesn’t think too much into what people do or say (does that make sense?). Enough about Iori! What does this mean for Himeko? Is she purposely isolating herself? Seems that way to me… perhaps she is the selfless freak that needs protection (rather than Iori and Yui).
And to welcome a new arc, we get a new ED! I was already impressed by the small changes in detail to the opening (change from pink to green theme), but a new ED was unexpected. They switched it up the focus from Iori to Himeko this time and I think it’s a great way to foreshadow upcoming events. Last arc, Iori was the one who ended up in the hospital… this arc (and possibly the final one) may show Himeko breaking down. This wouldn’t come as a shock to me, but it’s all about the buildup to that moment.
ED2: 「Cry Out」 by Team.ねこかん[猫] featuring. atsuko (Team.Nekokan [Neko] featuring. atsuko)
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