「花火（再び）」 (Hanabi (Futatabi))
I had a witty one-liner about flashbacks all ready to go until the second half of the episode took that idea and tossed it straight into the trash.
I really wish I had some kind of idea about what the writers at P.A. Works are trying to do, but I really don’t. We’ve dabbled in romance, a little bit of sci-fi, and now it seems we’re about to tackle the fickle problems alternate dimensions tend to bring with them.
At first, I was really excited when the episode started. I thought maybe, just maybe all the crazy things we’ve seen up to this point may have been some kind of illusion that Touko was having and her arrival by train was the actual “starting” point of the series. Something along the lines of maybe it was a case of everything we know being backwards and she was the one who had the sudden unexpected bouts of disappearance and Kakeru was some kind of “fragment” that was a reflection of the feelings and thoughts she harbored inside of her. But see, that’s the beautiful thing — what happened during the first half of the episode could be interpreted in thousands of ways. Something that I thought would have been really unique and freaking cool.
That is, until we hit the fireworks and really discovered what was going on. While it nearly isn’t as fluffy as my guess, Touko being able to experience firsthand something that completely differs from reality was quite the spectacle. Somehow being able to create her own dimension full of her own positive and negative ideas wasn’t what I expected but nonetheless enjoyed watching as she slowly figured out just what the hell what was going on. While we still don’t have a concrete idea of what it all means, I’m hoping an explanation is coming soon.
Takaii’s Attempt at Analysis
Seeing how the world we saw this week was actually the one that Touko was seeing whenever something triggered her powers, I don’t think it’s too much of a stretch to believe it might be a literal personification of the fears she has about growing up and apart from everyone around her. In a world where she’s the outsider and has no place of her own, it’s not hard to see just how lonely it would be to lose everything she’s built up with Yuki, Yanagi, Sacchan, and Hiro. And seeing how everything seems to be moving in that direction, maybe its a self-defense mechanism to prepare herself?
LAST EPISODE INCOMING!
After a batch of episodes that genuinely got me a little annoyed with the show, the past two episodes have done a great job of re-piquing my interests to the point where I’m dying to find out how everything adds up. The fragments of the future, Kakeru and his clones, and everyone’s attempt at finding love — I need to know what happens! While I doubt a single episode will be enough to sufficiently answer all these questions, I’m sure P.A. Works has something devised to at least give us a sense of closure. I hope you’re all ready for next week and whatever it brings — because I know I’m not. See you next week!