「思いきって飛び込んだ」 (Omoikitte Tobikonda)
“We Bravely Dove In”
Sometimes, there are just moments where an episode in a slice-of-life just clicks with you. For me, this week’s episode was chock full of them.
While we barely get to see Hika-nee since she’s off in the big city doing whatever girls in Tokyo do, I’ll never pass up an opportunity to see her – especially when her inclusion makes for a really fun and interesting episode. Specifically, I loved how things didn’t focus on her typical need to show off that she’s become a “city girl” and instead brought out the true Hika-nee from within. From wiping herself down with her clothes to leaping straight into the river without any hesitation, she ended showing us just how down to earth she really can be. Sure, there were some clear moments when she let her city-side take over, but luckily it never came on too strong.
Also, I found it super cool that Hika-nee and Dagashi-ya made the cool looking secret base however long ago it was. That and I was a little disappointed when the show didn’t give us a glimpse of the other secret base that Koma-chan and Natsumi were talking about. Because you know, it was the one that brought out all the feels last season when the story dove into giving us some back story on the two sisters!
The Bonds of Friendship
Getting back on what I was talking about in the excerpt, I felt something really special during the last few minutes of the episode. With Hotaru contemplating about going out of her comfort zone and nearly faltering until she realized just why she went up on the bridge in the first place, I was hit with a weird combination of emotions (if I were to describe it, maybe a little bit of nostalgia mixed in with some embarrassment?). A combination that reminded me of the times when I realized that I wasn’t necessarily doing things out of my own self benefit, but for the friends around me and the fact that doing it for them brought me a sense of happiness. And while the cynics out there might say you should be doing things for your own reasons, I would argue that the bonds you gain from leaning on others can be just as beneficial.
Random warming moments aside, I think I’m starting to really understand what people mean when they call slice-of-lifes “healing anime”.
I’m sorry to everyone else besides Hotaru in the show, but boy is it easier to see the preview shots on her HDTV, haha. While it’s tough to interpret what’s going on, it looks like for sure we’ll be graced by a baby Ren-chon which means maybe we’ll get to see some more of Dagashi-ya!
Anyways, I’ll catch you guys next week!