March 20th, 2014.
Recreating the Past to Move Forward
Last episode everyone said what they felt of love. It wasn’t new information for us viewers, but it was a chance for the other characters to see how they feel, and to clash about it. Everyone purported to speak of and for Manaka, but spoke of and for themselves.
Tsumugu followed Chisaki to the abyss, and professed his love for her. Time to see how things fall out for some characters.
Plenty of pretty-shots that would be wallpaper worthy when the BDs come out.
Thoughts and Notes:
1) Chisaki is Unwilling to Move Forward:
1) In this frozen land, in the cold abyss, where light begins to shine once more. Tsumugu, who had been given the gift of Ena. Chisaki and Tsumugu are akin to the last two people in the world, for them right now, nothing else exists. A moment of solitude.
2) Episode name – “Detritus”, and as Tsumugu had said, “The feelings linger,” you must clear away the misconceptions for a chance at the future. You have to clear out the old feelings for new ones to develop. Except that last bit is a lie. You can develop new feelings before letting go of the old ones.
3) Does Chisaki not love Tsumugu because she doesn’t love him? Does she not love him because she loves Hikari and had decided she can’t possibly love both Tsumugu and Hikari? Does she love him, but as a brother rather than romantically, or perhaps she does love him, but is unwilling to admit it, which to me personally is “Eh”, as emotions to a large degree are predicated on their announcement/declaration.
Yeah, seems she’s accepting his feelings. Also, “just five years” :> Heh.
4) The old refrain. Chisaki had always been afraid of change, had always been afraid of the group dismantling if any chance were allowed in, but what sort of group is it where people freeze their hearts, where people force themselves to put up a mask? No, not one of friendship and understanding. She’s also reflecting post-awakening Hikari here, who declared he wouldn’t change for Manaka’s sake. In the end, everyone must buckle down before their own desires.
And yet, Chisaki will not give up, she will still martyr herself. She will still use others to shield herself from accepting her feelings, from accepting change. But she can see the ending, of her walls tumbling down.
2) Hikari Will Turn Back Time for Manaka (And Miuna will sacrifice herself for him):
1) The sound of the sea comes when you put your ear to an empty and cyclical space. Are the winds blowing in the empty cavern that was once Manaka’s heart? Is this the Sea God’s call?
2) Miuna repeats the same idea, “Hikari is willing to do things for the sake of the one he loves even at a personal emotional cost, so I should help him follow the one he loves, even though that’d hurt me!” – Aside from being another case of martyrdom, it follows my chief complaint about this series, while increasing the thematic consistency, it’s a bit annoying when all the conflicts and all the characters repeat the same arguments and revolve around the same issue, rather than each presenting different issues.
3) They’re only doing the Ofunehiki again, guys, there’s no reason for me to tear up, is there? ;_; Guess the world did draw me in. Though I’m not sure, if they send the pendant with Manaka’s feelings into the sea, and Manaka’s feelings are what would fool the Sea God, why will Manaka’s feelings return to her? I do have an answer, though. Manaka’s feelings are in the sea, but the pendant holds just enough of them to fool the Sea God, so she could receive the majority back.
3) Kaname is Lonely, Sayu is Projecting:
1) That was a great couple of shots, as the old ED fade-in music began playing. Kaname observing Tsumugu and Chisaki, and then Sayu observing Kaname. Also, knock it off Chisaki with the whole martyr act, it truly feels you only want to escape the need to confront your feelings. Then again, becoming the Ojoshi-sama and freezing forever – forever changeless, that is sort of what Chisaki had always wished for.
2) Kaname always plays the role of the detached observer, but Sayu is wrong. He does somehow attack things head-on, and his passive-aggressive act shows as well. He’s just afraid of showing his emotions. But no, he had done so before, and was still turned away. Why does Sayu want Kaname to attack things head on though, when she wants him for herself?
Two possible reasons. First, he needs to attack things head-on to get an outright rejection, which might open the path for her. Second, she’s not truly berating Kaname, but herself, for not coming outright with her feelings. Remember, it’s about projection.
3) Stricken Sayu is best Sayu? Well, we have 2 episodes and 4 minutes to go, it’s about time for the confessions to begin flowing :) Sayu isn’t stricken with grief, but with relief.
Shorter Asides / Notes:
- So smooth – “I’ve come to understand your feelings over the past five years, and I’ve come to understood that your feelings are for me now, did I understand wrong?” Heh.
Akira’s first confession and rejection. So cute! So adorable! Akira is the cutest character since Porkbowl (Gin no Saji’s pig)! Squeeee!
Cute, forlorn-looking Miuna. Even Hikari’s Manaka-focused heart is moved. He surely is one for grand gestures, “I don’t know if I could ever repay you!” which felt a bit overblown.
The Ojoshi-sama’s story, not a western fable with a moral. She came back to shore and no one was waiting for her, the end.
Uroko-sama is so contrary, but he has a point. No point in laying down a curse upon someone when they ask for it ;)
“Love is like the Sea” – In other words, it’s comforting and envelopes you, it’s unchanging and scary, it can wash away the past, and it can tear you apart.
Post Episode Thoughts:
The Ofunehiki, but of course. Everything begins and ends with the Ofunehiki. It’s time for a cyclical rebirth. It is time to bring back the past, so we could be free of it and move towards the future.
Characters are moving forward, and characters are resisting change. Characters are trying to bring back the past. But time marches on, and even when things repeat themselves or feel as if they are stagnant, change forces itself upon the characters.
I like that Chisaki and Tsumugu had moved forward some, and that so did Sayu and Kaname. The whole martyrdom act on Chisaki’s bit was a bit overblown, but it’s very true to her character. I could see Tsumugu saving her from her own insecurities.