Wow, sorry I actually forgot to watch this anime like whoops my bad ！Σ（￣□￣;）Wtf. I liked this episode because everything was cleared up, but I just don’t know who to ship anymore at this point. And I can’t even tell who’s going to end up with who, feels like everyone is going to use each other for the rest of their lives. That aside the first act in the episode was kind of…out there. Ecchan and her cousin didn’t really do anything for this episode and felt like it was plugged in as a “hey this character still exists” moment. Not to mention they managed to expand this already complicated love polyhedron.
Hanabi continues to be the most likable thing about this show for me. Most of the character conflicts in this show aren’t about characters figuring out the right thing to do, but about how they can do what they already know to be right. With her high level of introspection and self-awareness, Hanabi embodies this perhaps the most. She may suffer, make mistakes, hurt people, hurt herself, but she’s always learning, and she makes you want to cheer her on until she finally takes that last step and finally grows up. At least, that’s what I hope will happen. I honestly don’t why people are hating on Mugi for doing what he did. Like dude, he’s still a dumb teenager. He was infatuated with Akane for years now and the opportunity presented. Even if he knows about her true nature, he still catches that tiny ray of hope and clings to it. Is he wrong? Definitely. But it’s still understandable.
It’s weird not feeling like total shit after a Kuzu no Honkai episode. Regardless, the emotional and sexual relationship between these two once-BFFs is absolutely in tatters, so it came as a huge surprise that a simple visit from Atsuya could turn it into something beautiful by the end of this episode. Not that he did anything to force this reconciliation between them, mind you. Instead, Atsuya’s presence alone forces the girls to think about their feelings in an outside context, while he mostly stays out of the way himself, even pretending he has a cold to give the girls enough space to resolve things on their own, but not so much space that their cabin becomes a toxic hamster-ball with no mediating hand to give it a shove in the right direction.
I’m surprised that some people HATES Ecchan’s cousin. But you know what, I kinda like him, if anything. He’s the most straightforward of the bunch and hasn’t really dipped into manipulation or betrayal territory like a lot of the other cast members have. I can identify the points where people might use the word “creepy,” but I personally don’t mind the way he acts. Ecchan seems to be the type of character that would to push away anyone she truly didn’t want to be around. The fact that she still talks with him (about important issues, especially) makes me think she values their relationship, at least to some extent. They may bicker and she may get annoyed by his antics, but I don’t think she actually hates his input. As blunt and persistent as he may be, he’s perceptive; his advice is good at getting her to think about her actions.