It’s just my luck that both of the shows I’m covering have rather uneventful episodes this week. Just like with Zestiria, neither were bad, but at least there is assurance that one of them will always be pleasing on the eye. On the other hand… we have orange. Admittedly, it wasn’t nearly as ugly as last week, but this wasn’t anything to write home about either. The scenes that mattered looked good, but this felt like the first time where my emotional investment in what’s happening was compromised due to lackluster visuals. Hamasaki Hiroshi’s directing is still strong even when things don’t look as great as they should on-screen, but his talent can only go so far. Again, I pray this improves in the final weeks to come. I don’t want to be left feeling empty because this adaptation couldn’t deliver some worthwhile artwork.
Okay, back to this being a rather uneventful episode. Like I said with Zestiria, it wasn’t bad. It’s just… not much happened. Since this is way past the point where I had read to, I can’t be 100% sure, but I imagine this episode didn’t adapt more than one chapter. Typically, the episodes that feel jam packed with content are ones where more is squeezed into the 21 minute limit. Every time that’s happened, it has paid off well, so I’m curious to know whether they didn’t adapt as much content this week, because it sure felt slow. Which is amusing, because it was all about the characters running.
But before the running came Kakeru’s confession. Both the audience and his friends already know the full story, but this is the moment where he finally lays it all bare and tells the truth. None of it is new information, but the fact that he has opened up enough to be honest about his mother’s death shows how far he has come. As Naho keeps pointing out: the letters are becoming less and less relevant. I’m glad she’s reading them once again, because they could come in handy for predicting broader shifts in Kakeru’s emotional state, but the fact that things are becoming so different is only a good sign. The scene with the mattress was heavy-handed with its symbolism, but it was serviceable enough in getting Kakeru to trust his friends and let them share his burdens. Will that matter in the end? It’s hard to say, because we’ve still got three episode to go and so much could happen. Part of me still thinks death is an inevitability regardless of the timeline.
I really wish the final scenes looked half-decent, because that cheek kiss from Kakeru could have been a stand out scene. In the end it felt like a throwaway moment that was hard to decipher until Naho and Suwa reacted to it. At least we’re getting some romantic development: first handholding, now a cheek kiss. Before you know it, Naho will be pregnant again! Speaking of that, I hope we get more scenes from the future timeline, if only to rub in how Suwa is giving up a happy life he’ll never have the fortune of experiencing. You gotta love him.