Winter’s my favorite season. The weather becomes colder, and the warmer clothes come out. But there’s often a strange sort of magic in the cold weather, and that gets shown in a strange manner this week, what with it being the semi-final episode and all. One impression is left on me at the end of this, and that’s the saying that a tear is worth one thousand words.
Can you work at friendship, or does friendship naturally happen? It’s a tricky question to debate, but I think that the answer is both. However, there’s not much time to linger on this matter, as surprisingly, we’re going back to Saki and Shougo first. Saki’s been avoiding Shougo ever since they had that spark-filled conversation, and is desperately trying to talk to apologise…I think.
Hase and Hajime is an unlikely pair of friends, but Hase’s playing the investigator in this scenario, and trying to work out how Hajime works and how he thinks. Though an untactful Hase isn’t the best detective, as he does occasionally spout his honest thoughts by complete mistake. However, it does end up with Hase getting eactly what he hoped out of it. The accident was pretty much exactly what you’d expect at this point, a major falling out with her friends and because of it, she ran into a road and the car didn’t notice her.
Unfortunately, Kaori ended up at the same restaurant by sheer coincidence, and heard the whole thing. I can’t imagine it made Hase and Hajime look very good in her friends eyes, when they just stumble across her standing there in tears and the two sitting around looking awkward. Kaori doesn’t seem to have changed, but Hase…has.
A late night meetup with Shougo reveals just what’s on his mind, and that he’s in the same boat as Hajime. They were both her special friend, but because he acted on her feelings, he caused her to lose her memories. I imagine that if this was a visual novel, this would be the choice between the good ending and the romantic ending…and I think the anime’s taking the friendship path. This episode highlighted some very important things to me; and that’s that I’ve grown not to care about why she lost her memories or why they keep resetting, but that I care for Hase more than Kaori, and despite the fact that he could have been really unlikeable, the tear he shed when Shougo gave him a talking to was worth pages of characterization.