Maybe we’ll get an ‘Everyone Confesses to Kaname’ episode?
No Akari this week, but more work on the Wooden Sacrifice for the Boatdrift Ceremony, with more help from everyone, surprisingly.
Just Go Swim in the Ocean!
Everyone has an individual changing room
Having come to at least a nice break point with Akari last week, this week we get back to focusing on the kids in school. And it seems like there’s a lot more acceptance of the umiko-tachi by the kids from the surface, even if Chisaki puts all the other girls to shame in the development department. It was somewhat amusing seeing the kids change their clothes into swimsuits when they just jump into the ocean in their clothes most of the time. Also, all the surface girls in their towels were pretty funny, all changing in these little tents.
Trying to get into MetaFap
But it’s gotta be tough for the umiko to swim in a swimming pool. You’d imagine that it kinda feels like breathing smoke or a similar irritant. Similarly, swimming at the interface of the water is probably pretty difficult, especially in an unfamiliar stroke. But it still annoys Hikari to lose to Tsumugu, just like it annoys him to lose any time. But you can’t blame him for injuring himself, doing something that’s unfamiliar like a kick turn. What you can blame him for is still acting like a little jerk around Manaka. I’ll be honest, I don’t know what his issue is with Manaka. Maybe he feels like he’s being shown up by her. Maybe he’s just annoyed that she’s actually striking out on her own, making friends, being proactive. But I really don’t get why Hikari is so gruff and automatically against whatever she does. Perhaps it’s just that he realizes he’s being left behind.
Chisaki feels alone
Even when together, Chisaki feels alone
The one who is really feeling left behind seems to be Chisaki, tho. And it doesn’t help that Manaka is unsubtly trying to get her together with Hikari, even though Chisaki told her to forget about her confession about him. And Chisaki even seems to be regretting that, although whether that’s because it feels like a rejection of her friendship with Manaka or because she doesn’t want anything to change is unclear. It’s an interesting shift, tho, because before she was worried that she couldn’t get Hikari because of Manaka, but here Manaka is actively shipping the two of them, and yet Chii still balks at every time Manaka tries to get them together.
Hitching a ride
Or maybe it’s because Manaka is doing enough growing for all of them. Kaname realizes, and tells Hikari, that Manaka is the center of their group (how convenient that ‘manaka’ means ‘center’, even though it’s spelled in kana). But even the center needs to grow, and she gets some good advice from Tsumugu, who thankfully Manaka can now talk to normally (does that mean she’s lost her crush on him, or that she’s now able to actually fall in love with him?). She should be more confident in herself, and one indication of that is finishing her thoughts. And she definitely is more of a ‘self’ when she doesn’t trail off, and brings herself to complete what she’s saying.
Back to school, and it really is nice to see everyone more accepting of everyone else, from both directions. That looks to continue next week based on the preview, with more rejection of the divide between sea and land people. And hopefully we’ll see Manaka and Chisaki both continue to grow up. I don’t know how much Kaname really needs to grow up, but it sure did look like that girl was all ready to confess to him. Heck, Kaname’s so smooth, maybe I’m about to confess to him.
Hikari really did feel random this episode, tho. It was better that he mellowed out a little later (although declaring everyone his minions is a lot much), but I wish there had been more reason for him to be all cross with Manaka, rather than just him being embarrassed or something. He did really well in the previous episode with Miuna, but this episode went back to being randomly grouchy.