Anime Review: Orange Episode 6

August 8, 2016

Naho & Kakeru sit together

I hope that everyone is doing well.

Things have been fine, especially now that I can truly sit down and watch something enjoyable, like the two simulcasts that I decided to follow this season.

Today, I will be reviewing the latest episode of one of those simulcasts, which is called Orange.

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

Naho & Kakeru visit shrine

Festival season is afoot and Naha and her friends are enjoying their time having a fun summer.

However, when Naho gets curious about what Kakeru regrets, things start happening that concern the group and Naho finds out that somebody else may have received a similar letter to the one that she has been reading.

Naho talking with friends

After being disappointed about how the last episode went, I was not too sure if TMS could really improve upon things, though I was not exactly as pessimistic as I was about how well Rewrite's recent episode would be handled, since that series fell a bit short row episodes in a row.

Fortunately, after having watched this, I got to say that I kind of liked this episode.

This episode was actually pretty easy to follow.

Back in the previous episode, I had troubles following along with what was going on, even though I was familiar what this story was about because I had been following the series from the beginning, and this is not something that should ever happen in any work of fiction, or even in the medium that it is used to deliver that work of fiction.

As I mentioned in my review of Rewrite episode 6, For a show like this to be enjoyable, the storyline, whether it is a story that only takes place in a single episode, like how many shows were when I was growing up, or if it lasts for the entire duration of the series, which does seem to be occurring more often these days, though a few shows, like The Event, are still of questionable quality.

After all, being able to follow things easily is one of the ways to get the audience to understand what characters are going through and allow them to feel for the characters.

Here, TMS has actually accomplished this by focus on the events that actually seemed to be important, like they did back in the early episodes, and this makes me actually whant to give TMS some major applause, at least as long as they do not do something as atrocious as what was done in Detective Conan episode 5.

I also liked how the events surrounding Kakeru were explored a bit more in this episode.

At the start of this series, Naho's letter says that Kakeru is going to die and that there are regrets that their future selves have that center around Kakeru, which made me want to know more about his life and what exactly happened to him, and will no doubt be covered, unless TMS does indeed do something as bad as what happened in the early episodes of Detective Conan.

In the episodes following, Kakeru talked about his mother a few times, which comes up in this episode as well, and Kakeru himself seemed to be showing the same kind of regret that the future selves of Naho and the gang were experiencing, even so far as having Kakeru close himself off from his friends.

Seeing all of this, I am hoping that TMS really takes this opportunity to explore more of what Kakeru's life is like, since one of the negative reviews this series has received on Crunchyroll suggests that Ichigo Takano never really explored what was going on with Kakeru's mother that led up to her death, which had been revealed in earlier in the series.

If they do delve into the psychological state of Kakeru's mother, then the chance of this surpassing what the original presented, at least from what I could dig up, may be even higher than it was for either Boku Dake ga Inai Machi or A Certain Scientific Railgun S.

The thing that caught my interest the most though was what Suwa said at the end of the episode.

Back in episode 4, Suwa and the rest of Naho's friends were standing around, as if they knew that Naho was going to come to that exact place, and tried to encourage her to talk to Kakeru, which made me wonder if at least one of them also received a letter regarding Kakeru, like Naho did.

Here, things are made somewhat a little clearer, though it is nothing more than something that would be too obvious, when Suwa asks if Naho received a letter.

While it is not exactly concrete, this makes me thing that either Suwa does have a letter that talks about the same kind of things that Naho's letter talks about or somebody else approached Suwa about it.

Still, it gives me good reason to continue on with the other episodes, because even though each of the five people in Naho's group sent letters to their past selves, that does not mean that the regrets that Naho had were the same kind of regrets that her friends had, other than the common feelings that people have when somebody close to them commits suicide.

Hopefully, the contents of the letters received by each of the five become more well-known, but, unless more characters than Naho receives some focus, I doubt that those contents would indeed be revealed, but if it does, then Suwa's appearance in episode 4 would not seem more of a convenience than an actual attempt to get Naho to fix things before it is too late.

For now, I just want to give TMS a small round of applause for at least ending the episode in a way that makes me actually want to continue.

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

Because things were easy to follow and the doors were open to exploring the contents of the letters from the future, as well as Kakeru's full past, this episode was quite enjoyable.

Suwa & Kakeru talk

Although I liked the episode, there are some issues.

However, aside from things too minor to talk about, nothing really bugged me too much.

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

Considering that things actually happened and there was nothing majorly wrong, this was definitely worth watching.

I recommend this to fans of Orange.

As for everyone else, this might be worth giving a shot, but since the show is officially in its second third, this is not good place to get acquainted with the series.

What are your thoughts on Orange episode 6? Did you like it or hate it? Was there something you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Free to comment.

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