|Finally, the next episode is when Kirakishou finally makes an appearance in front of her sisters again. But before that, there’s more of Jun’s daily life and Shinku watching kindly from afar.|
Jun definitely walked into a trap with Kirakishou’s doll, but somehow it seems less… constricting in Jun’s life than Shinku’s creation was. When Jun was making Shinku, he was ignoring pretty much everything other than making the doll (or at least, that’s what the flashes of his day seemed like). Or maybe, Jun now has so many things other than doll making that fill up his time. So when the anime shows the important parts of his day, the new doll isn’t the only thing in his life anymore. It’s creation is still important enough to him to lose sleep over, but it still not the only thing that’s worth noting in his life. The only part that was kind of close to how he acted so obsessed before was with his irritation with the screw up at work, and even then, that event just showed that Jun has a better handle on how to manage the store than the actual manager. So despite causing an unhealthy obsession at the beginning, Shinku’s appearance in unwound Jun’s world was a good influence overall, it seems. Or maybe it was Saito’s play that helped change Jun, but even then, he wouldn’t have given Saito that advice in the store to start all of his involvement if he wasn’t there shopping with Shinku.
Saito actually surprised me a bit this episode. Not because she told Jun that he was a good person despite him saying that he had ulterior motives, but with that little bit of acting that she was practicing on the walk home. I figured she had some acting ability since she was part of a group, but she was really convincing with those angry lines. Not that this is important to the story, but it was interesting to see for her character.
I’ve been waiting for Shinku to say the line about Jun growing up from needing dolls, but I’ll wait for the end of this to talk about it. That line about having Hollie fetch tape and matches after Suigintou provoked her was great too, but in a different way. Not that Shinku was ever really uncomfortable around unwound Jun, but these last few moments of daily life really show how accustomed Shinku is with Jun. She managed to push her way into having Jun bring her with him and knew right away that Jun had done something to make Suigintou take her health into consideration. The two have only been together for a week (or at least, interacting for a week, since Shinku’s body has been there longer than her soul), but there’s definitely a bond there.
It’s day 7 now and it ends with a play. …Kind of. The story never actually made the connection with Jun’s past itself, but it was interesting to see that the acting group didn’t even blink when they found out that Jun was carrying a doll with him. He made up excuses, but really, they didn’t care at the time, and I don’t think they would have cared even if they hadn’t needed the doll at the time. These people aren’t as immature as the middle school crowd that Jun was traumatized by, and this just seems like a sort of proof that Jun has found the ‘right crowd’ of people to interact with. You know, people who would support his hobbies and find them useful. If only he had found them sooner (not that he was looking) and despite what he was saying, it really looks like he was giving his all for this production, like Saito noted.
This was a nice episode for wrapping things up before the main conflict of the arc happens. Having the episode end with the play’s opening was a nice touch. There are still some things that are left hanging, but for the most part, things are all ready for the attack. …Not that they really know that it’s coming. Well, Suigintou does and I’m sure Shinku expects something to happen since it’s day 7. However, I don’t think Shinku is aware of Jun’s other doll, so she’s a bit more in the dark. Jun’s just oblivious to the whole thing, aside from the fact that the dolls will be leaving soonish. So anyways, the next episode should be exciting~. I’m really looking forward to seeing this anime’s touches on some of the upcoming scenes.