I hope that everyone had a good weekend, even if it was spent getting ready to go back to the daily grind.
Things were a little emotionally tough, but not too bad, and things seemed to improve when I did something relaxing.
As I mentioned in the last post, I have been following two simulcasts this season that will be premièring the final four episodes in the coming month, and I have covered the latest episode of the one of those two shows.
Today, I will be reviewing the latest episode of the other series, which is called Orange.
As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier post, I will not go over it again.
After Naho and the gang talk things over, Naho starts reading her letter again and tries to get things going in the right direction.
However, during the athletic festival, Kakeru starts acting strange and the five friends must now help him realize want he wants, before they fail to prevent his imminent fate of an early grave.
I kind of liked this episode.
While I was kind of questioning where things were going when Naho and her friends brought up the letters in the previous episode, since it felt like the series was going to end earlier than expected, I liked how this episode corrected that a bit.
Yes, the series is ending soon, and, at this point, it will be another week or so until the final four episodes première, but this one just felt so just so much more appropriate for an episode that was going to precede the final episodes.
Seeing as TMS has had a lot of experience making anime, I expect to see no less from them and hope that they can do just as well when Detective Conan finally ends, which should not be too long because the Japanese releases of the manga have started focusing a bit more in finding Black Org's second-in-command, Rum.
As such, I want to give TMS a big round of applause.
After all, if they were not able to do this right, I would be questioning how they have been able to stay afloat in the anime industry for so long, and I have no doubts that others would too.
I also liked how Naho and her friends got Kakeru's grandmother, who is his only stable family, in terms of being related by blood and/or paper, to come support Kakeru at the sports festival.
As his grandmother, she understands her grandchild's pain better than anyone and, like a loving mother or big sister, she wants Kakeru to find what makes him happy, even if the effects of aging limits how much she can do for Kakeru.
Seeing her talking with Kakeru in this episode, as well as the interactions between her and the future selves of Naho and the gang that happened in earlier episodes, really cemented this fact and gave me the same kind of feelings that I did when Edward Elric decided to sacrifice his ability to perform alchemy to bring Alphonse Elric back.
This is what I expect to see from a great series and TMS really delivered, though I would probably say that it still has a long way to go to even be able to match the likes of Pandora Hearts or the FMA manga.
If Naho and the gang did not try to get her there, I really doubt that I would have felt as satisfied with this episode as I am right, and, as a result, I would like to give TMS another round of applause, especially because it seemed to have a much more satisfying feeling than the same scenes in the manga, when I took a quick look through it online.
The thing that I liked the most though was how Suwa's words really affected Kakeru.
During the course of the episode, Suwa asks Kakeru how would feel if Naho were taken from him, and while he did say that he did not mind, he later laments, in his mind, that it was not the truth.
This seems to be how it is for a lot of people out there in society, because men and women are both afraid of being rejected by the people that they feel strongly about, so they say that they probably would not mind, but then feelings of jealousy soon surface when that person find somebody else. I know this because I have gone through it before and, like I brought up in my post on optimism, I am kind of afraid that the opposite sex will not be able to fully accept what it would mean to spend the rest of their life with me, which causes me to not admit to having strong feelings for any one individual.
Of course, people can also think that they are seeing jealousy in others, when it could have just been that that person was put into an uncomfortable or confusing situation, which means that it is important that we really try to understand people, instead of outright thinking that there is something wrong with them.
In the case of this series, Kakeru has been seemingly depressed in many of the episodes, with some moments that it appears that he is happy, and Kakeru only expressed his feeling for Naho a few times, saying that he does not need to answer him, and his conversation with Suwa comes rushing back to him.
While I am not too sure how much significance this will have in the upcoming episodes, or even the manga, since I never really read it, only glancing through it a few times, this seems to be the perfect point to start showing whether or not the things Naho and her friends did for Kakeru will have enough impact to change the predicted future.
Not only is it a good enough to point start exploring whetger or not what Naho and her friends succeeded in their goal, but it also leads into a great setup for the final four episodes, because Kakeru is going to need to discover, like all of us in life, what he truly wants and makes him happy, otherwise he will probably go through the suicide attempt that was suspected earlier in the show.
Good job, TMS. You have given a good reason to continue watching this series to the end and is something that is very important with it being close to the end.
Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else that I particularly liked.
Because this episode had some feeling in it that was reminiscent of what I got the FMA's true end and TMS did a lot right to set the stage for the final four episodes, this was fairly enjoyable.
Although I liked the episode, there are some issues.
Fortunately, aside from things that are too minor to talk about, and one thing I noticed people complaining about on other sites, but cannot really comment on, nothing really seemed to bother me too much.
As a result, I will have to say that there is nothing worth mentioning.
Considering that TMS did quite a bit right, including giving the same kind of feelings I got from the end of the FMA manga, this was definitely worth watching.
Because the series is two third of the way through, I will only recommend this to fans of Orange, as they will be able to enjoy this the most.
What are your thoughts on Orange episode 9? Did you like it or hate it? Was there something that you liked or hated that went unmentioned? Feel free to comment.
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