This episode wasn’t as intense as last episode, which made it feel like the transition was abrupt. But that’s probably me just nitpicking. This was still a good episode and for once, I kind of forgot about all the romantic angles and focused on the friendship between these characters. Most of the time, it felt like while the anime is supposed to be about these friends– it appeared more like a story about young and unrequited love.
My favorite aspect of this episode is how you can see a glimpse of the younger Jinta in the current Jinta. He tries to defend Anaru no matter how clumsy he sounded. He’s slowly evolving.
There was also Anaru’s inability to stand up for herself in the midst of the rumors, simply writing on her notebook the feelings she had. I think this episode and last week’s kind of portray her as being weak-willed and constantly unable to do anything for herself unless someone intervenes. I’d hate to say this but some people might find her painted in a negative light. That said, in a situation where people talk about you behind your back it can be hard to defend yourself if you’re someone so willing to accept what people say about you and go with the flow.
While SHAFT has the head tilt. I think A1-Pictures is trying to make ‘ridiculously sparkling eyes before girls end up crying’ their signature move. I’ve seen it done in Ao no Exorcist– now AnoHana. (Toradora’s a JC Staff project, thanks for the heads up Son Gohan!)
Anaru seems to dislike conflict and ends up taking the burden by herself which ends up eating at her. It was good to see Anaru’s friends wear a face of concern when she walks out. Hopefully this show works on that and try to show better sides to these minor characters.
Yukiatsu is another character who seems to be growing in a pace just like Jinta’s. And it’s good to see he and Tsuruko are on better terms. Tsuruko’s still enigmatic though, which probably why I like her so much. There’s no telling what going on in her head but she’s likable nonetheless. She and Yukiatsu have the most interesting exchanges, they’re both sharp witted and share an appreciation for sarcasm and dry humor.
In order to shed more like on the mystery of Menma’s wish. We see Poppo, Anaru and Jinta visit her mother and get her diary. And judging from Yukiatsu and Tsuruko’s conversation, Menma wanted advice on something so she called over the Super Peace Busters that day. This show is slowly trying to move towards revealing Menma’s wish but to be quite honest, for some unfathomable reason I’m not that interested. But I’m guessing it’s because the show hasn’t exactly made it as prominent a mystery yet (it was sidetracked by Yukiatsu’s fabulous crossdressing) but it’ll definitely play a bigger part soon.