Episode Nineteen and twenty Thoughts
Let’s be real here, whenever we have a scene Kawamoto family, we’re only really there for Momo. I love her; She’s great. Momo reminds me of a more flamboyant younger version of Renge. Anyway, something I’ve been loving is that the majority of the anime I’ve seen as of late has had some type of festival scene. That caused many of the characters to enjoy the happier, calmer moments that life has to offer. These scenes in anime are always so well done.
All that being said, episodes nineteen and twenty weren’t too eventful. Episode nineteen felt like an episode where it started typing up all the loose ends, especially regarding Hina and her life. She finally gets to meet Chiho, albeit things didn’t go as smoothly as expected. With Chiho still dealing with the trauma. While episode twenty dealt with the question, “What do I want to do?”
The more I reflect on this anime, the more I think it was about and for Hina. It felt like that because we focused on her a lot. She’s probably the one character where we saw the most growth and has had the best arc. I enjoyed watching her; compared to Rei, who sometimes feels one-dimensional, Hinata, on the other hand, has many layers, she experiences a more extensive array of emotions, and she has more ups and downs than anyone else. Throughout both episodes, Hina is that one character that everyone could relate to.
You see her enjoying something she wants to do, which is designing sweets for their family business. It’s something that Hina wants to do every day because that’s what brings her joy. Hina loves that aspect so much that she questions whether or not it’s worth going to a high school. Doing something, she doesn’t want to do, experiencing things that may only hurt her. Having already had a traumatic experience where her friend (Chiho) felt helpless because she didn’t have someone to lean on or call a friend. Hina didn’t want to experience all that again, and rightfully so. I understood why Hina was a little iffy on the concept of going back to an environment where she’ll be unhappy and constantly on edge. Not having support in a place you are not familiar with can be a terrifying thing, given your past experiences.
Episodes nineteen and twenty were about Hina wanting to be in a place where she feels welcomed and happy. It was also the job of everyone around her to help her feel welcomed and cared for, which I think Rei and Hina’s grandfather play a critical role. Episodes nineteen and twenty weren’t to my liking, and I think that has to do with the fact that you can feel everything winding down. There isn’t much left since you have two episodes left, so you might as well start bringing this anime to a close. It’s a solid B from me.