I think this week’s episode totally counts as the calm before the storm.
What’s Really Reality?
With a majority of the groundwork finally laid, it looks like the show is finally starting to dive into the true lives of our four girls and their cute little puppy. Not wanting to throw us (the viewers) straight into the thick of things, this week’s episode started to slowly highlight some of the things that I’m sure we’ve all been thinking about. Things like how do a small group of high school girls manage to cope with death literally circled around them? Sure, they’re able to keep their minds off of things with Yuki being a constant reminder of what life was like beforehand, but that can only get you so far right? Which is why what really stood out to me this week was just how many illusions everyone was seeing. I say illusion lightly since I don’t think it’s quite the right word to describe what’s going on, but the episode made a point to show us that someone other than Yuki are seeing things that aren’t necessarily there. Which would lead you to believe that there’s a lot more stressful situations going on behind the scenes when the camera isn’t there. Toss in the growing number of zombies that are gathering outside the school and it all just feels some what ominous.
On the other side of things, it looks like Yuki is getting awfully close to realizing that gap between her imagination and what’s really going on in the world. It might have been my imagination, but I want to believe that the Megu-nee that’s been watching over Yuki is slowly guiding her toward finding reality. Guiding her away from the world she created to cope with the stress of the world collapsing and instead trying to give her the strength to face the true challenges that lie ahead of her.
Pigeons and Balloons
Even though the whole scene was probably more to ease our emotions rather than try to tell us something substantial, the whole idea of sending out messages to the world that there are survivors still out there makes a whole ton of sense. Not knowing just how far and wide the epidemic has spread, wouldn’t it be awesome if the notes they sent out ended up getting them rescued? Now that I think about it, if you’re stranded somewhere, aren’t you supposed to try to make some sort of signal to alert others that you’re there and alive!?
In other news, long live Arnault Hatonishiki Nisei!
I don’t have much to say here except I think we’re about to hit another climax soon. So put on a fresh pair of pants and be ready to wipe your face for what’s going to hit in the next few weeks.
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ED2: 「アフターグロウ」 (Afutaa Gurou) by 黒崎真音 (Kurosaki Maon)