Well, I’ve had a pretty hectic week but I finally managed to catch up on my anime! So for week 4 of the summer season, I’ll discuss my rough thoughts on Ao Haru Ride episode 4, Barakamon episode 4, Hanayamata episode 4, and Re: Hamatora episode 4.
Ao Haru Ride
Futaba still refuses to acknowledge her feelings for Kou at this point. She’s confused since she loved him when they were younger, separated, and now the situations completely changed. Her feelings weren’t resolved in the past and now she’s trouble understanding how she feels. It’s pretty clear to the viewers that there are still lingering feelings between the two but she keeps denying it since she doesn’t want to risk getting hurt. I got to admit, it was a bit frustrating to see the two get so close and then completely ruin the mood. I understand the need for build up, but damn, it’s such a tease.
At least we learned a bit more about the characters this episode. Futaba over thinks everything. She reads into the smallest of details and infers things from them. Kou on the other hand has lost all motivation and kind of just drifts by. He doesn’t seem to care about what others think and just does the bare minimum that’s expected of him. We also have Yuuri who seems really passive aggressive. She’s quiet but can be quite spiteful. Then the other two members of the group appear to be crazies with a complete obsession for another person.
You can watch Ao Haru Ride on Crunchyroll
Sensei ends up reflecting on Yasu’s words from the previous episode. Rather than tunneling on the end goal, he needs to settle for opportunities right in front of him. He takes some time off to enjoy life around him. Taking his time playing with the cats, and just hanging around the shop he’s able to relax a bit while taking his mind off of calligraphy.
While on his break, an opportunity for him arises. He over analyzes his task and hesitant to begin writing. After his past experiences, he’s afraid of failure and doesn’t want to mess up again. Leave it to Naru to save the day though. The first step was the scariest for Sensei but Naru took away the pressure. Once ink touched the boat, the process had already started. That push was all that he needed to overcome his fear and just write.
Naru and Hana still haven’t made much progress with their Yosakoi club, but we get to see the relationship between the characters develop. Naru’s always looked up to Tami and wanted to follow her amazing example. She’s now found her own path and discovered something that she wants to pursue. Even though Tami seemed to have everything figured out, in the end she was just following what her dad expected. Ultimately, she decides to do what makes her happiest, instead of living for her father. Now all that’s left for Maichi and Yaya to officially join the group and we can get on to the Yosakoi dancing!
You can watch Hanayamata on Crunchyroll
It seems like Honey’s condition always occurs after using her minimum. Something appears to trigger when she activates her minimum that reverts her to her childhood memories. Her father was a firm believer that everyone must do their part and contribute to society. He forced her to take part in missions that definitely weren’t suited for a little girl and caused her a lot of trauma.
At the end of the episode, we see that everyone else is experiencing side effects from using their minimums. I’m curious as to why this wasn’t an issue in the first season. At the same time, I can see this being Art’s motivation for taking away the minimums of the users. If these side effects are common to all minimum holders, then Art surely has a more painful one. He can feel what it’s like to die, but never actually die which forces him to relive the pain over and over again.
You can watch Re: Hamatora on Crunchyroll
That sums up my week of the anime season. Unfortunately, I don’t have much of an opinion on some of the more popular series (Aldnoah.Zero, Zankyou no Terror, Tokyo ESP) mainly because of distractions while watching the first episodes. I’ll probably touch on them a bit in a few weeks for my mid season impressions but until I rewatch some of the episodes I can’t say much about the series!