「ロクノイチ 後」 (Roku no Ichi )
“One of Six After”
It’s the last of the “lite” episodes that pretty much made up half of Yozakura Quartet, and now that we’re at the end of it all, I’ve gotta say that in retrospect, they’ve really managed resonate with me throughout this season. I enjoyed seeing the characters going about and getting up to hijinks in their everyday lives, and in particular the breezy way the show went about it. So yea, I’m pretty glad overall that they’ve managed to close it off on a rather sentimental note here with Ao and Hime. The show of mutual concern and headpatting (can’t be the only one who noticed how much there was in this episode?) really doesn’t attempt to trek any significant ground in terms of character or plot. But I’ve always liked how they’ve managed to infuse character interactions with a lot of sincerity, especially with how they got the mutual concern of Hime and Ao down; this perhaps more a result of the expressive directing (all that atmospheric lighting!) and the great work put out by the voice acting rather than the actual writing. Still, this was perhaps my favorite of the “lite” moments from Hana no Uta…well, except for anything to do with the elders or Enjin.
Second half of the episode puts the Juri the nurse into the hot seat, and while her backstory didn’t really do all that for me again, watching Age-reversed Yuuhi and Yae was a riot, with a tsundere(?) Mariebelle tagging along as bonus. By the end though, you’ve pretty much can already figure out what’s gonna be coming up in this next arc; I’ve got slightly higher hopes for this arc since it follows the pretty strong Hoshi no Umi arc, and the conflict at the heart of this arc certainly seems poised to bring it to the same level.
Really (Extremely) short post this week because I’m crammed with exams and project. I’ll be taking a leave of absence next week to focus on my work, so episode 11 will be push back as a double post with 12. I’ll see you guys back during Christmas!
Full-length images: 16.