「大切なトモダチ。」 (Taisetsuna Tomodachi.)
If there’s one thing this show can do week-in and week-out, it’s the way it manages to surprise me in the strangest of ways.
Sleight of Hand
With a premise like “Girl loses her memory of friends every week”, you’d assume that one of the overarching goals would be to trying to figure out just why said girl keeps loses her memories — and for the past 10 episodes it’s felt like we’ve been fighting an uphill battle, scraping at whatever bits of information we can get. But in one swift move, this week’s episode did something that caught me completely off guard.
With the focus subtly switching to Hase and how he’s trying to deal with the emotional stress that comes with a problem as unique as Fujimiya’s, I can’t believe I felt almost nothing when the show finally revealed for the most part the reason behind her memory loss. While at first I thought it might have been because the ball was currently in Hase’s court, maybe it’s actually because the meaning we’re supposed to get from the story isn’t necessarily the instant gratification from figuring out what caused the problem but the trials and passages we went through to get there?
All I can say for sure is that what did get my stomach feeling like crap was watching Hase slowly pull away from Fujimiya. Be it because he feels guilty about how he’s stealing Kujo’s chance to reconnect with a childhood friend or because he just can’t deal with it anymore; all I can say is that I hope someone or something manages to knock him back on track. Because from the way things look, I can clearly see things going toward a catastrophic ending.
The Power of the Diary
I’ve thought about it for the longest time and ever since Kujo showed up I’ve had this horrible feeling that someone was going to mess with Fujimiya’s diary. Besides completely ruining everything that all of our characters have built up since day one, I can imagine myself kicking that someone into a ravine with weights strapped to their legs. But what if, and mind you this is just speculation, the diary ends up being something Fujimiya can use to get past all of this? It feels like we’re at a huge turning point and what theoretically should be causing Fujimiya’s memory loss has finally been revealed. So why hasn’t she had that classic magical moment where she snaps back into reality? If I were to guess, I’d have to say maybe we haven’t heard about everything yet or maybe something is holding her back?
I don’t know if it’s because my copy was bad but there wasn’t an episode title at the end of the preview. And I’m sure we all know whenever things start to change in the opening, ending, or preview sequences it means something is about to go down. While I have no idea what that “something” might be, I’m really hoping for a happy ending at the end of the story. But as things currently are, it’s going to take a lot of work and a bit of luck to get there :/