Anime Review: Orange Episode 2

Suwa Hiroto

I hope that everyone is doing well.

There have recently been some Internet troubles where I live, and things have also occurred that made me wonder if I was going to be able to catch up on both shows that I decided to follow during the season.

Fortunately, I was able to catch up on both of them and will be able to stay current on both.

Today, I will be reviewing the latest episode of the other show, which is called Orange.

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

Naho Takamiya

After the recent series of events, Naho has determined that the letter is authentic and decided to try and change the future.

Unfortunately for her, she starts to experience things that were not predicted and she must now play her cards right, if she does not want the prophesied loss of her new friend to come to pass via different means.

Asuza Murasaka

I kind of liked this episode.

While nothing groundbreaking has happened yet, as it should not, seeing as this is still considered the early part of the anime, it answered at least one question that cropped up during the last episode.

Right now, I know nothing about Kakeru and his life, yet he does hold some significance in the lives of Naho and her friends in the future, which could be ascertained from Naho's letter and what her future self is doing in the two episodes that have premièred.

By exploring what happened to him in that small gap of time where Kakeru was not seen, it allows me learn a bit more about him, though not enough to make me want to see Naho not make the same mistakes that her future self had made.

TMS started this series quite well in the previous episode and they have shown here that they are still handling things just as well as that one.

However, that does not mean that this series will end in a satisfying way.

After all, Boku Dake ga Inai Machi started off great, but ended horribly, while its manga ended on a more satisfying note, even if it was not an ending that could rival that or FMA or Pandora Hearts.

Hopefully, Orange does not turn out to be like that when it reaches its final four episodes, and gets close to being a potentially one of the best of the season.

I also liked how the relationship between Naho and Kakeru progressed during the course of this episode.

In many stories where romance is one of the main focuses, there does not really seem to be any kind of natural build up between the two characters.

They just fall in love at first sight, or at least one party does, and they try to pursue the person of their interest.

However, in real life, strong and meaningful relationships of any kind take time to form, no matter whether it is friendship or boyfriend and girlfriend or spouse.

This is latter path is the most satisfying way to handle romance, and by showing some progression start to occur here, TMS is showing that they can handle romance series extremely well, enough so that I wish that they would do an anime adaptation of The Ancient Magus Bride, though that could be ruined like the Pandora Hearts anime was during its run.

The thing that I liked the most though were a few funny moments.

While this series is not technically a comedy, relationships do play a role, and the misunderstandings and misconceptions are also bound to happen.

In the case of this episode, that has already occurred when Naho's parents wondering why she is making so much for lunch, which is a common occurrence in anime.

Seeing this, I was chuckling a bit because I remember my family asking me if I met any cute girls at the events that I attended in the past, and saying that I replying that I did not, because I did not, and still do not, think that I would have a successful relationship with somebody of the opposite sex, though I am good about checking up on friends when I suspect something is up.

I hope that more situations like this occur during the course of this series, because it is nice to have something a little bit different from the usual kind of comedy found in anime, otherwise TMS will disappoint me as much as how respective the comedy in Detective Conan has during my time following that series.

Then again, considering how things went this episode, I really doubt things would remain funny.

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

Because the episode is starting to show a relationship beginning to take root and a major character is explored and even included humor that can only be found when dealing with relationships, this episode was fairly enjoyable.

Kakeru

Although I liked the episode, there are some issues.

However, aside from the usual issues found in the early episodes, nothing really seemed to bother me too much.

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

Considering that there was a lot more to like than hate, this was definitely worth watching.

I recommend this to fans of romance.

As for everyone else, this might be worth giving a try, but it might be better to watch the pilot episode first, in order to get the full enjoyment.

What are your thoughts on Orange episode 2? Did you like it or hate it? Was there something you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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