Time for Cooking With Manaka!
Given the way this show has gone, I have a hard time remembering that this is a 2-cour series. It’s really setting up to have a big crisis over the ‘last’ three or four episodes to get to 12 or 13. And maybe we will have that big crisis, and get the aftermath. Either way, how was this episode?
Giving It One More Try
Everyone’s pitching in… again
I have to give it up for the stick-to-it-iveness of these kids. They’re now on attempt 3 for the ofunehiki, rebuilding the ojoshi for the second time after it’s been destroyed. And this time, they’ve decided to do it all on their own, borrowing a boat from Tsumugu’s grandfather and getting most everyone in the class to help. But without too much running around, we get to see a lot of discussion among characters, with conversations between Manaka and Isamu (Tsumugu’s grandfather), Kaname and Sayu, and, most importantly, Tsumugu and Chisaki.
Chisaki doesn’t always like what she hears (plus that lighting…)
But unlike the conversations Tsumugu has with Manaka, where Manaka reflects on what he says and comes out the other side as a stronger, more resolute, and confident person, Chisaki is more apt to buck Tsumugu, rejecting what he says about her going against her own feelings. Of course, he’s pointing out the contradictions between what she wants and what she says she wants, even as she thinks she’s trying to be a ‘better’ person by not pursuing Hikari. Meanwhile, poor Kaname can’t get any traction with Chisaki, even if she’s not going to go after Hikari. He is getting play with the younger crowd, tho, since Sayu has fallen pretty hard for his rock-solid maturity.
Hikari makes a move
But there’s also big movement by the Hikari and Manaka ship, and I can’t imagine it’s what those who are onboard that boat want to see. Hikari finally does realize that he doesn’t want to just ‘support’ Manaka, resulting in his hug with her after she tries to explain what she knows. But when that goes on a little too long for her comfort, and maybe she realizes what he’s trying to mean with that, she shakes him off, and it certainly seems like she answers his feelings properly, but with “I’m sorry…”
But not the reaction he was going for
The End is Nigh
Telling the citizens
At least to hear the people of Shioshishio tell it, there is a huge calamity coming. And the reaction on the part of the sea people is to turtle, keeping all the kids from going to the surface, and even getting Hikari to stay when he comes back to find out what happened to the other kids. I really don’t know if they needed all the adults outside like that showing some ominous front, but it looked good.
Hmm… who does that guy look like?
However, I don’t know if I really would go along with how calamitous this will be. The show can, of course, go any direction it wants to, but the idea that it would get too cold for humans to live on the surface is pretty laughable. Even the idea that it would be too cold for people to live at whatever latitude the show is at (presumably in Japan) is kind of out of the realm of possibility. I mean, people live in freakin’ Finland (although they are widely thought of as the gloomiest people on Earth). But we’ll see what they’re going to do. And what it will mean for those exiled from Shioshishio on the surface like Isamu and Akari? If it’s so dire, will they be abandoned to die, or will they be welcomed back to live?
An ominous welcome
If this is the result of the Sea God being angered, will there be any leniency given because of the efforts of the children to continue the ofunehiki? And I also wonder about the children of those who have left the sea, would they be granted an Ena? Or is the point to get rid of as many people as possible who don’t revere the Sea God?
As I said in the introduction, it’s kind of surprising to realize that we’re only about 1/3 into this series, not ¾ done. And to have Hikari and Manaka have their moment, ultimately of separation, maybe that means there’s time for them to get together, or maybe this is the misdirection from Mari Okada? That’s not really her style, tho, with all the other romance shows of hers that I’ve seen being pretty steadfast in the ‘obvious couple ends up together’ department (Taiga and Ryuuji, Mashiro and Sorata, Shinichiro and Hiromi) even with other temptations. So I’m going to stick with Manaka and Tsumugu in this one.