「気づきを与えられて始まったという話」 (Kizuki o Ataerarete Hajimatta toiu Hanashi)
“A Story That Began As We Realized It”
Just when I thought that all was said and done, our characters come back with a new phenomena that reveals more about their past. I’ve always been more interested in seeing how our main cast was brought up and what made their characters so “interesting” to Heartseed. I guess this arc is meant to showcase what each member has gone through prior to joining the Cultural Research Club. What I never expected though was how they would be reverted literally back into their child-like states.
Of course, this doesn’t happen permanently. I’m guessing that it’s only between the hours of 12-5pm and it’s only going to involve Himeko, Iori, Aoki and Yui. And where does Taichi fit into the picture? Heartseed (numero deux) apparently thinks of him as some sort of savior because Taichi is the only one who will not revert back to his childhood (from what I gather). This is either a test or a challenge to see how Taichi is going to handle the situation and whether or not he can “save” his friends from their fate. I’m interested to see why though… is it because Taichi has no traumatizing experiences from his younger days? Or perhaps it’s because his is the most traumatizing? We’ll have to see… but probably not anytime soon.
And now… I am going to just say this and get it out of the way – THEY’RE SO KAWAII!
As children, I just couldn’t stop smiling watching their expressions and actions. It definitely caught me by surprise and I think this “twist” will probably be the most interesting one up to date. I’m not sure what Heartseed has up his sleeves, and it seems like each time they transform (or shrink? de-age?), they can range from any age (as seen from Iori). I actually think that (judging from Yui and Aoki’s reactions), perhaps after each transformation, they forget that critical point in their childhood. They revert back to a point in their lives that was memorable to them (whether good or bad) and they… forget it – after 5pm.
There are also a few things that I want to mention. One of which is Yui’s childhood rival – Chinatsu Mihashi (Uchida Maaya). I’m not sure of the role that she played in Yui’s life… but I’m guessing that they used to be good friends, something happened and now Yui clearly doesn’t want to remember (or due to the current situation, she’s been forced to forget). As a side note, for people that don’t know, I know next to nothing about seiyuus but I know this one! She played Rea in Sankarea! Even though I might not have realized it by the sound of her voice (I only recognized the name), I still feel proud of myself. Alright… back on topic. Aoki finally mentions his “first love” who I’m assuming is Nana. Not much is revealed about her either, other than his confusion of whether or not he actually still loves or forgot about her.
Anyway, there was also a new ending this episode. I assume pretty much that this will be the new ending for the remainder of the 6 or so episodes. I like it more than the second ED, but still not as much as the first. There’s no new opening either… so I wonder if there will be one coming up for our “finale” in 2 weeks. I put quotations around finale because it’ll probably be the last episode to air, but not the end of the series.
ED3: 「Salvage」 by Team.ねこかん[猫] featuring. 片霧烈火 (Team.Nekokan [Neko] featuring. Rekka Katakiri)
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