「青葉雨」 (Aoba Ame)
“Rain Drops on Green Leaves”
This show is SO PURE.
Sorry for the late post everyone! Things were a little busy this week, but with crises averted, I finally have the time to express how much I loved this week’s episode. And when I say love, I mean it in every sense of the word since from start to finish there was so much to love that I think I could feel my heart struggling to replenish itself afterwards.
Diving straight into the thick of things, I was blown away with how the story introduced Tachibana’s runner past. As someone who probably doesn’t speak about herself much, I was wondering just how her injury and the aftereffects of it would play into things. Lo and behold, the story decides to kick things off by showing off just how impressive of a runner Tachibana is. The thing is, the act of showing us that she’s a great runner wasn’t anything all that special. However, the way that the show expressed this notion was damn near perfect. With Yoshizawa providing the bare minimum in verbal exposition, our eyeballs were greeted to this amazingly colorful scene that you could say lit the proverbial spark in both Tachibana and Kondou. Honestly, something about the way it was stylized combined with a perfect backtrack made the whole thing feel surreal.
But that my friends was just the appetizer that was leading us toward the main course. Starting off with Kondou rushing to Tachibana’s aid, I loved how something as simple as Tendou taking Tachibana to the clinic led to a perfect moment where the two were able to loosen up a bit while dropping the shell we all keep up when we’re out in the real world. As they sat face-to-face in that small restaurant booth, it was a real delight to see Tachibana crack a genuine smile while laughing at Tendou being a silly guy. And while it’s a shame that Tendou didn’t understand the true meaning behind Tachibana’s confession to him, I’ll admit that the story got me when I thought that things were about to escalate to an 11 right then and there.
Overall, another great episode from a series that continues to surprise me. With so much going on and such a short amount of time for the anime to cover it all, I can’t wait to see what we encounter next week. Anyways, I hope all of you are having a great week and I’ll catch you later!