January 16th, 2014.
Being a Person is Suffering:
So, Hikari is back, but what does that mean? For him, for Chisaki, for the world? Let’s find out. Going to try again for post-episode notes.
Here is an album of pretty, wallpaper worthy moments from this episode. When the BDs come out, the last two episodes will be a source of so many wallpapers.
1) Relationships Are Hard, Emotions Are Hard:
1) Tsk tsk, professor. That had been a very deliberate tea-cup slam by Tsumugu. He waited a bit, finishing his cup, before bringing his cup down. He still is somewhat cold, aloof, yet so very direct.
2) Every time we see Hikari’s face, with the high pitch sound, or just looking around him, it makes me tear up. And that’s why we had all those “slow” episodes in the middle – when the drama hits, as we knew it would, it requires you to already feel for the characters. So those slow episodes on theme/plot-level were there just to get us to care.
2) Change is Scary. Change is Everything:
1) Yes, Tsumugu, Chisaki did talk about changing versus not-changing all the time. The show’s theme, as is the theme of so many coming-of-age stories, and she had been the one to bring it up the most.
2) Combine Tsumugu’s statements, “You’ve gotten prettier,” “I hadn’t looked at you like that back then” when sheasks if she’d changed – he now sees her like that. And the weird love-shape continues to evolve, though to be honest, even before the time skip it slowly felt like Tsumugu is being drawn to Chisaki.
3) When Chisaki begs forgiveness for having changed, she clutches her breasts. It’s the same as when they were children, when her physical growth had marked the change that is upon all of them, with her as the leading figure, at least physically. A reminder that change cannot be ignored.
3) Being Left Out is Also Hard and Scary:
1) “I’m being left out again.” – And that’s Miuna’s arc, of being left behind, of being a child, of wanting to change faster than everyone else, of wanting to have a place to belong, a family of her own. She has so many, but not in the role she wishes for.
2) And now Miuna hears of Hikari’s hurt. Of course his hurt is focused on himself, but it still brings to the focus how selfish Miuna’s desire is. Note, this isn’t an attack, all of their desires are selfish, which is only natural. But it still hurts to be reminded of one’s selfishness.
Are Tsumugu and Chisaki like a father and daughter (or brother and sister), or like a husband and wife, in this shot? Well, things are awkward in our weird love-patterns :3
3) Creep! More seriously, that’s so very Hikari, who’s almost a shounen hero, who always charges forward. Not evenwhen he’s afraid, but especially. He will not back down.
Post Episode Notes:
People are hurting, people think of themselves, and think of others. This is a drama show, alright.
Change continues to be the main theme of this show, and well, early on I thought this would be how the children change in light of the outside cultural clash. Turns out I was wrong. The kids’ change is highlighted and caused by external factors, and they have to navigate themselves amidst the chaos, but not in the manner I thought. Thematically it doesn’t matter much, as the external conflict had always been there merely to drive our characters into action. Yes, we did lose the potential culture clash as a theme, but it’s not a great loss anyway.
Also, don’t rest on your laurels, as soon as Hikari’s situation will get “settled” or even slightly, we’ll have another thing rock the boat, such as someone else re-appearing.