Anime Review: Orange Episode 10

September 5, 2016

Naho & the girls smiling

I hope everyone had a good and relaxing weekend, now that everyone is back to the daily grind.

Things have been going relatively well, especially because I can finally sit down and relax.

It is now September and the two shows I decided to follow have now started airing the final four episodes.

With one of those shows out of the way, it is time to delve into the other one.

Today, I will be doing just that by reviewing the first of the final four episodes of that series, which is Orange episode 10.

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.

Relay Racers

The athletic festival continues on and things are still looking grim for Kakeru, who is still hiding things from his friends.

However, when helping out bringing out equipment, things start to change for the better as Kakeru finally begins opening up about his pain, but the question now is if this is still to save him from his predicted fate.

Naho & friends transporting equipment

After watching the latest episode of Rewrite that premiered over the weekend, I was not really expecting things to be that great, even though two different companies handle the two different projects.

Fortunately, after watching this episode, I can say that I really enjoyed it.

In the previous episode, Kakeru ended up thinking about what Suwa had told him and trying to determine want it is that he wanted, which paved a great pathway forward for the final four episodes.

Here, Kakeru is still trying to get things sorted out, as well as trying to hide the fact that he has been hurt recent.

While I and many others may not really approve of the fact that Kakeru has been hiding things from his friends, who have done everything they could to make sure that he is happy, I understand Kakeru a bit because I do not always rely on people when I should, like when I go out and about on the streets and walk around too much to point where I suffer from the effects of overexertion.

Like Kakeru, I do not want to burden those that should care about me, but by keeping things like that too myself, I am not really putting my trust in my friends or other people and just make things worse for myself.

Also, Kakeru is still trying to deal with the fact that his mother is dead, and getting over the loss of a loved one is not something that can be done overnight, just like it takes time to forgive people for some mistakes they make.

As a result, things seem to be heading in a direction where things can get very emotional, and I am looking forward to see how Kakeru can finally get over what happened to him and live a happy life with his friends.

Good work, TMS. Unlike 8bit, you really know how things should be progressing to be able to create a great work.

I am not too sure if this can be called the best anime of the year, but with the way it is going, this might become a title on a few people's top ten list.

After all, one of the key ingredients to have a good story is having characters act believably, even though making them interesting in the beginning can help go a long way too.

I also liked how the comedic moments did not feel out of place at all.

While not all of the comedic moments in the recent episode of Rewrite felt out of place, one of them sure did because the whole atmosphere in that one scene did not even allow for something hilarious to occur, and thus made me utterly hate that scene.

Here, however, the funny things that do occur just felt natural and made me really want to laugh.

I may not expect the kind of high-class humor that schools says we should search for, but I will always enjoy scenes that become funny when things are naturally calm than a funny scene that happens at a time that was not calling for it to be funny.

Seeing as Detective Conan has quite a few emotional scenes, like the one that occurs around the 118th episode, I expect no less from TMS.

Keep up the good work TMS. I hope that you can maintain this level of quality right up until the end.

Another thing that I liked was that, even Naho went back to relying on her letter, she and her friends realized that the letters were not always correct.

Since the audience has been made well aware of the fact that these letters came from a parallel world that was currently ten years ahead of Naho and her friends, it makes sense that the contents would not be entirely correct, if they were making good progress with Kakeru.

In fact, if the letters were indeed from the future of their world and they succeeded in changing Kakeru's fate, the letters would have disappeared by now.

This makes me wonder if Naho and her friends would ever abandon the letters entirely at some point soon, though it probably would not be until the very end of the series, since the details available online of how the manga ends seem to suggest that the letters might be used at least one more time.

Still, it does not change the fact that Naho and the others have a good chance of making sure that Kakeru lives on, which is something loving parents and grandparents all want from the future generations.

Right now, this makes me want to continue on with this series and see how things play out in the upcoming episodes, which is something that I expect to see in the first of the final four episodes of a series.

Good job, TMS. Just make sure you do not really botch things in the next few episodes, like A-1 Pictures utterly ruined Boku Dake ga Inai Machi with the last two episodes.

The thing that I liked the most about this episode was that the emotional feels continued on into this episode.

In the previous episode, Kakeru, who, according to the letters Naho and Suwa received, originally did not have any family come and support him at his school's athletic festival, was surprised to see that his grandmother and had a heart to heart talk with her that seemed give me the same kinds of feelings that I got from the time when Edward Elric gave up his ability to use alchemy so that he could get Alphonse Elric back.

Here, when Naho notices that something is wrong with one of Kakeru's legs and tries to tell him to not overdo things, Suwa and the others take hold of the thing that Naho and Kakeru were supposed to transport and reminded him that he should be share both his pain and his heartaches, to which he finally asks if he has any right to feel joy and happiness from what he is doing now.

In response to his question, they say that he has every right to smile when he is happy and push him along in the relay race, making him promise that he will stay with them, even ten years from now.

At this moment, Kakeru seemed to be his happiest to the point that I would probably want to listen to Onaji Takamie from Clannad's soundtrack during the scenes that occur after this point, especially considering the fact that this does not quite feel like a moment where Negaiga Kanau Basho, from the same soundtrack, would be appropriate, with maybe the exception of when Kakeru talks to his grandmother after the race.

Even though this would make people think that Naho and friends succeeded, this is not guaranteed to be the case, because Kakeru has yet to find what truly makes him happy.

Still, seeing all this happening is most likely going to contribute to heavy atmosphere that is likely to occur after the events seen here, and might be able to put this in the league of Clannad After Story, though it most likely will not be able to surpass the emotional experience of After Story.

Hopefully, TMS can pull through, like they have so far, even though the journey presented in this series can definitely not be called perfect.

For now, I will just sit back and see where TMS takes thing, hoping that they do not ruin things at the last moment.

Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked.

Because Kakeru's behavior is still pretty believable and the comedy did not really seem to feel out of place, as well as the fact that the emotional feels from the last episode continued on into this one, made this episode pretty good.

Suwa talking among friends

Although I liked the episode, there are some issues.

Fortunately, nothing really bothered me too much, if at all.

As a result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.

Considering that there was a lot to like and nothing to really hate, this was definitely worth watching.

I only recommend this to fans of Orange, because it is so close to the end and only fans will be able to enjoy this one.

What are your thoughts on Orange episode 10? Did you like it or hate it? If you liked it, did you get some strong feelings of emotion like I did here? Was there something that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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