Man, things got really serious, really quickly.
After some rather carefree episodes, it was a little shocking to see things dive so deep onto the other end this week. Starting with the key point that I’m sure we all want to talk about, let’s leap into Tachibana’s current state as well as her feelings about everything.
Honestly, it’s a little tough to figure out just how Tachibana feels about everything and I think that’s a-okay. Looking at her situation right now, it’s not tough to picture just how confused she must be when her emotions are being violently jerked around in all directions. Besides the whole Kondou situation which feels like it’s been put in indefinite hold, it feels like she really hasn’t figured out what she wants to do about running again. Thinking back to early parts of the season, I don’t think she’s progressed further than not wanting to deal with it. Which honestly isn’t all that bad when you consider just how much mental anguish it was probably causing her.
That said, I don’t think Tachibana’s situation necessarily gets her off the hook. While she does have the right to look after herself, I think there’s something to be said about considering the people around you when it comes to things that also affect them. And for Haruka, I think it’s actually awfully selfish of Tachibana to completely ignore one of her closest friends. Don’t get me wrong, Tachibana doesn’t seem like the kind of person who’d be able to go out and express her feelings to just anyone, but seeing how enough time has passed for her injury to reach the point where physical therapy could work it back into shape, it just feels bad that she hasn’t addressed whatever is going on between her and Haruka. Especially when you start thinking about how close the two were prior to all of this going down.
Changing gears for a second, can we talk about how positive things have been for Kondou recently? I love how we’ve been lucky enough to see him through his transition from someone who was just existing to a motivated guy trying to get back on his “creative” horse. Truthfully, I never thought we’d get to see him so happy, so quickly. So yeah — good on your show for giving Kondou some happiness already!
Overall, a great episode that seems to be setting us up for another great payoff. However, I think this series is only get 12 episodes so it remains to be seen just what can happen in the span of a single episode. Luckily, if there was a show that’s been able to pack a punch with single episodes, this would be the one. Hopefully we’ll be in for something great next week!
See you then!