「きみの名は」 (Kimi no Na Wa)
All I could do was hide my feelings and sit there as Nina Viento. Each time they called out a name I knew, a scream almost burst forth from my broken heart. I don’t have the right to fly with everyone. I won’t. Ever again.
If there was ever a quote that summarized the feelings of an episode perfectly, it’s that one. Coming off the events of last episode, it’s time for our cast to deal with the brutal aftermath and the many changes it brings with it. Because as with any unfortunate event, it’s not enough just having to deal with one thing. On top of the physical loss bought about from the previous fight, there’s the revelation that Claire’s Nina Viento to deal with, the fact that Isla’s all but forced to seek help from the Holy Levamme Empire now (despite not knowing if they can trust them), and Ariel’s going to quit being a pilot as well. Suffice to say, there’s a lot of things thrown about this week, and they’re all key developments that will shape the remaining episodes.
For one, the fact that both Claire and Ariel will no longer fly—this double knockout caught me somewhat by surprise—means that Ignacio and Kal-el will likely end up being permanently paired together from now on. The preview already hints at this, and the fact this will happen means that we’re also finally likely to get the answers we’ve been seeking regarding Ignacio and his involvement in all of this too. Arguably one of the better plot threads so far, it’s been intriguing to watch his “love/hate” relationship with Kal-el, and I’m interested in seeing exactly why he’s been acting the way he is and the role that their interactions will play before it’s all said and done.
Interaction-wise though, this was just one of the many important exchanges we get this week, some of which are listed below (along with some comments) for brevity:
A medal is the only way the military can give its thanks. But the medal expresses the gratitude of everyone on Isla. including the torpedo squads. Thank you. The flare was perfect. Your partner was a wonderful pilot.
All things considered, this was one episode that focused exclusively on character development, and it was an episode that was necessary and needed to be done well. Thankfully, it was done quite well considering the developments so far, and the Claire x Kal-el bit we got was exactly the emotional moment I wanted to see. Generally, the key cast members are starting to gather the resolve they need to press on, and they’re settling into the roles they need to play to successfully guide Isla out of this predicament. With
Claire Nina Viento leading the people, Ignacio and Kal-el taking the lead with the new recruits, Ariel helping them as a mechanic in the background, it looks like it can only be full speed ahead from this point forward (or well, after next episode), and there just isn’t anything to say really. I’m just eager to see just how things’ll work out from here.