Anime Review: Orange Episode 4

Naho & friends meets with Kakeru's grandmother

I hope that everyone is doing well.

Compared to how stressful things have been this past week, things have been much better, especially because I got to do something that I enjoy.

Today, I will be reviewing the latest episode of the other show that I decided to follow this season, which is called Orange.

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

Naho & Suwa

Kakeru decided to date an upperclassmen and things may seem to be going well, but as one relationship begins, another starts drifting apart.

And, unfortunately, for Naho, if she does not do anything to fix things, the future predicted by her letter may ultimately occur.

Naho & Kakeru

After the somewhat disappointing, but decent episode of Rewrite, I was kind of iffy on whether or not this one would be good, since this series is also approaching the end of the first third.

Having watched this, I kind of liked this episode.

I liked how it showed not picking the right person to be with for the rest of your life can really affect things.

During the course of the episode, Kakeru did not seem to be that happy to be with the girl he decided to date and Suwa said that it was affect his practice too.

Now, for anybody out there that think there is a such thing as the right one, that is just one big myth, because that means that one cannot just sit back and not really get to know people, which is the sad thing about people that think there is something wrong about being introverted, but a good candidate for a serious relationship would let you be the person who you are and will let you develop bonds with others, as well as let others into their lives.

Pretty much everyone I know in my life has not tried to stop me from being with the people that I want to be around and feel safe with, which has led me to having a good relationship with those other people.

However, there are people out there that want to keep people all to themselves, and do not want them to interact with others too much.

In the case of this episode, Kakeru's current girlfriend expresses her dissatisfaction with Kakeru showing concern for Naho, when the girl knocks into her, and says that she does not Kakeru interacting with other girls.

That right there is a big sign that Kakeru has chosen the wrong person to be with.

After all, I would not prevent a girl from getting to know other boys, especially because I know that I may not be able to provide them everything that they need or want.

I also liked how Naho was too afraid to approach Kakeru once he was in a relationship.

This may not be something that anyone should feel that they should be doing, since you are technically abandoning the person, but this is kind of similar to how I lose contact with people, once they get married and leave me behind.

They are no longer around and may not be able to help me directly, but I was also ignoring the possibility that they could help me.

Likewise, because Naho was avoiding Kakeru, she was pretty much refusing to help somebody who really needed her help and valued what she had to say.

Not only did I like it because it reminded me of myself and some problems I had, but it also led into a very enjoyable scene, where Suwa talked to Naho about what she was doing.

Naho was hesitating over whether to do what her letter was trying to get her do and leaving Kakeru alone, and she needed this push to do it.

Seeing this happen, it shows that Naho has very good and caring friends and makes me want to find out what happened to cause the falling out that was mentioned by their future selves.

It may be the fact that they all feel guilty about Kakeru's death, much like how Jinta and his friends in Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day drifted apart because one of their friends died young, but that does not really seem to be likely at this point, at least until the bond between Naho and her friends and Kakeru all grow much closer, which will definitely happen over the course of this series.

TMS seems to be handling this series quite well with how they are showing the strong bond between friends and for that, I want to give them a big thumbs up.

The thing that caught my interest the most though was how Suwa and a few of Naha's other friends were right there as she was running away from Kakeru.

Even though it was a nice scene, and might have been one created out of sheer convenience, I am wondering how exactly they knew that Naha was going to be right there.

If it were me and I suspected something, I would have probably waited until I was alone with the person and said it right out that I thought something was going on, but I would definitely not able to know what direction the people were coming from like they did.

If I had to guess, though obvious it may be, I would say that one of them got a letter like Naha did about what was happening to Kakeru.

After all, each of them did seem to send or talk about something that suggested that they sent something to their past selves.

For now, I am just glad that TMS added in a bit mystery to this episode, because it gives me some bit of reason to continue on with this series, since much of the episode itself seemed to be relatively boring, and I think that they deserve a good round of applause for a job well done.

Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked that could not be included with what was said already.

Because the episode showed how difficult it can be when one does not choose the right person to be with and even introduced a big question, it was very satisfying.

Kakeru & girlfriend

Although I did like the episode, there are some issues.

However, seeing as there was not much change in the pace that the show has gone so far, nothing really bugged me too much.

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

Considering that a small mystery popped up and that it was shown that Naho really did have good and caring friends, this was definitely worth watching.

I recommend this to fans of romance and Orange.

As for everyone else, it might not be good to watch this episode because there is not much to see, outside of a small mystery.

What are your thoughts on Orange episode 4? Did you like it or hate it? What do you think is the reason why Suwa and Naho's other friends approached her? Was there something that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.

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