February 27th, 2014.
Manaka woke up. The previous episode didn’t have to exist. The last couple of episodes were there so not just we, but the characters themselves would understand, accept, and agree to act on their feelings. The situation is set-up, but everyone needed Manaka to wake up so things could progress.
No one has feelings reciprocated towards them, so I expect a domino-effect, where someone gets turned down, then turns down the person who is happy the one they “care for” is hurt (ho!), and then everyone would shift their stance and end in unhappy relationships and/or realizes what they have is good enough.
What, I’m evil? It did say drama on the cover, didn’t it? Give me the tears >:)
Thoughts and Notes:
1) Manaka is a rock. Manaka is home:
1) Heh. “Surprised, why? Chii-chan is Chii-chan, isn’t she?” – As always, just like before the time-skip, everyone makes a big deal of change, and of relationships, and Manaka just lives with her friends. But now I wonder, is there some sort of “lost future” here, so she just lives in the present, or did something happen to her mind, like with her not understanding when Hikari said Akira liked her? Hm.
Also, the silly music as they met, as if nothing had changed. Knowing this show, you can almost think they’d just have a nice slice of life day. But only almost. Considering the last couple of episodes, everyone but Manaka is a wound spring, ready to burst forth with confessions and feelings. The more it drags on, the harder they’ll all burst. This might be our last moment of ease.
2) Here is the difference between Hikari and Manaka. Hikari kept seeing what changed, and took it as something he lost, which weighed heavily on him. He sought to change, and when the world changed without him he felt left behind. Manaka is content in who she is, and treats every changed thing as something exciting to marvel about. She had hit a new country, with new sights, but she’s still herself.
3) Hikari can’t understand how Manaka can be happy without her Ena. As much as he talked about breaking tradition, Hikari is still his father’s son. Even before the break, they said how if anyone were to live on the shore and marry someone from the shore, it’d be Manaka. Manaka cares for things as they are, rather than for how they can’t be. She is the one who cares least for traditions, unless she made them with her friends, such as watching the Tomoebi together.
2) Emotionally Stunted Characters Get Some Screentime:
1) Miuna basically ran away, she escaped, she doesn’t want to watch Hikari next to Manaka.
2) This is exactly Miuna’s problem, “I don’t know how I’m supposed to talk to her,” she’s just Manaka, you just talk to her, and hug her. Stop overthinking things so much :P
3) Is Tsumugu being dishonest, or is it his overriding sense of helping people confront how they feel, rather than ever focusing on his own emotions? Hm.
4) Manaka and Hii-kun, always the center of an emotional vortex.
1) This show has gorgeous backdrops. I miss the warm hues of the summer forest scenes. But who doesn’tlike Manaka? :)
2) You know, the atmosphere with Manaka being back? From the final moment of the OP, with Manaka holding her umbrella, I was thinking it, but the soundtrack, and the whole atmosphere… I’m having flashbacks to AnoHana.
3) “It all worked out in the end.” – “Yeah, but it was sort of anticlimactic.” Erm, guys, we still have 5.5 episodes to go, it’s not wise voicing such opinions so early :<
4) LOLOLOLOLOL – I was bamboozled! I was sure Tsumugu was going to reveal he also had ena. I totally didn’t see him being cursed by Uroko-sama coming :D
Post Episode Notes:
I didn’t expect this episode to be light throughout, especially named “The Messenger from the Sea.” But there are hints that not everything is as it should be. I am beginning to wonder, did the world growing cold mean all the saltflake snow had been used up, and is now replaced by Manaka’s?
People didn’t say how they felt this episode, still in holding pattern.
Come on, give me the tears! :P And yeah, the last few seconds of the episode caught me completely off-guard.