I hope that everyone is doing well.
Things have been fine, aside from making a mistake during the season, but it is always nice to be able to relax and watch something enjoyable, even if it has reached the end of the first third of the show.
Today, I will be reviewing the latest episode of one of the two simulcasts I decided to follow, which is called Orange.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
Kakeru has broken up with his girlfriend and is working to repair his relationship with Naho, who is still determined to change the future that has been foretold.
However, when things start to deviate from Naho's letter, and the contents do not change, she and her friends learn something that their future selves may not have been aware of.
After the somewhat disappointing, though slightly improved episode of Rewrite, I was not too sure if I was going to enjoy this one all that much.
Fortunately, I kind of liked this episode, though not as much as I would have liked to.
I liked how the former girlfriend of Kakeru was jealous of Naho.
Now, I do not hate Naho, but from firsthand experience, people do not usually take very kindly to somebody that moves in on the person that they had an interest in.
I have had my own bouts with envy before, though it was because I was with a particular person for quite a while, so it understandable that the girl is jealous of Naho, though I would not say feeling jealousy in these kinds of situations is right.
The jealousy here was actually pretty believable in this episode, and TMS is doing a good job of handling it, though that is to be expected because Detective Conan had quite a few scenes in it where jealousy was present, especially in episodes 822 & 823, which are available on Crunchyroll.
I also liked how Kakeru and Naho really started to make up after what had happened in the previous episode.
Yes, Naho was the first one who spoke up and even caused the breakdown of their relationship, but it really did feel like something between them was renewed.
After all, things get way more enjoyable when things that have been broken down badly, such as when Kenshin Himura experienced a breakdown during the Jinchu arc because he failed to protect somebody close to him, but then suddenly got back on his feet because he never lost his resolve and somebody came to him for help.
While nothing happened in this episode that was as spectacular as Kenshin getting back up from hitting rock bottom, it was still nice to see and made me think that Naho really could change the future.
Speaking of changing the future, I really liked how this episode explored that possibility and the direction things went.
During the course of this series, Kakeru and Naho talked about whether they would want to travel to the past or the future and Kakeru said that he would want to go to the past to erase some regrets.
This was pretty nice because that is exactly what the Naho of the future is trying to do, and it makes me want to learn more about Kakeru's past, even what led up to his mother's suicide, since the feelings he is having seems to be similar to what the future selves of Naho and her friends are trying do.
What really set this aspect apart from the rest of the episode though was the characters realizing that the future cannot be changed.
In many stories involving time travel, such as Steins;Gate and Stephen King's 11/22/63, at least according to a Wikipedia page, people go back in time and do something that drastically alters the present and future and they have to solve the new problems that came because of it.
Here, however, the messages from the future do not change at all, which means that either the future has not changed or the future that has been shown is in a completely different world.
While it is kind of obvious, because of the explanation presented in this episode and what happened, that this is a parallel world to the one in which Kakeru died, I wonder how the letters could have gotten to them, since coming into contact with a wormhole, which a page on a server associated with NASA's domain says may exist in the Earth's magnetic field, would be pretty difficult.
Still, it does not change the fact that this is a pretty rare route to take, if not a unique idea, to have Naho and the gang be in a parallel universe and it makes me want to see if Naho can help create a different and better future in her world, even though the future that the letter came from cannot be changed.
Ichigo Takano sure has decided to go a different route than the majority of people that feature time travel and, since this show would not be around without her creating the manga, I have to give her a ton of applause.
After all, it is hard to do something different, and somebody that has the guts to do that should not be ignored, though I cannot guarantee that it was the right choice for this series.
Outside of those things, I cannot really think of anything else that I particularly liked.
Because the episode took a different approach in time travel and the jealousy seen was fairly believable, as well as the fact that it looks like Naho has gotten back on track of creating a new future, made this episode somewhat decent.
Although I liked the episode, there are some issues.
Fortunately, there was only one thing that really bothered me.
This episode was a bit too difficult to follow.
While this is to be expected, if somebody just jumps right on into this series at this episode, this is something that should not happen at all for those who have been following this show since the first episode.
For a series that is supposed to be building up on things slowly, seeing as the pace has been fairly slow for a 13-episode series, it should be relatively easy for people to find out what is going on.
However, when I watched this episode, I had a difficult time determining how I could summarize this episode and I had to watch it twice to really see anything of importance happening in this series.
Really, TMS? Is this what you are going to do?
Maybe, this occurs in the manga, and it really is Ichigo Takano's fault, but consider how badly this is going, I do not even feel like checking to see if this is the case.
How am I supposed to be able to care for the characters, if I cannot really understand what the characters?
Hopefully, things improve in the coming episodes, otherwise I will definitely not consider purchasing this series in any medium.
For now, I will just mark this as a minor annoyance, since I am not too sure how much damage this will do to the series.
While there was only one thing wrong with the episode, it was bad enough that this episode went from as being great as it could have been to just something that is okay.
Despite the fact that there was only one thing wrong, that one thing was bad enough to make this only good enough to kill time.
I only recommend this to fans of Orange, because anybody who tries to watch the series from here will only get lost and the ones who like the series already will get the most enjoyment out this.
What are your thoughts on Orange episode 5? 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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