(Wakana’s room is totally empty…and… where’s the cat!)
Genre: School, Music, Slice of Life, Age: All ages
Released: July 1 2012 – onwards
From the previous episode, Wakana is still depressed about her mother’s death. After not showing up for school because of being “ill”, the group get worried about her, even though they’re anxious to give her some space.
Warning! May contain spoilers!
Konatsu decides to visit Wakana with a peace offering of cake. It doesn’t go to plan when she falls in a pool by the seaside, and ruins her gift.
Wakana convinces her that she’s doing okay, and she’ll meet up with the gang later.
(Konatsu attempts to swim in the air)
After getting a call from Shiho, Wakana picks up a copy of a picture of her mum from high school.
She also receives a cassette tape of her mum’s choir singing.
(Just one problem: does anyone have a cassette player?)
Whilst there, Sawa convinces Wakana to ride Sabure, her horse.
Sawa’s dream of becoming a horse-riding-archer is difficult to achieve, but she’s not giving up. Wakana leaves with her spirits much higher.
(Wakana dreams of being a horse-riding-yodeler!)
When she reaches the school to go to the choir room, Taichi and Wien have their own interpretation of practice…
(After this, Wien will be sacrificed to the anime spirits for more screen-time… )
Having shown then the correct way to build up notes, Wakana feels better for having hung out with her friends.
(The Single Ladies dance is much better for increasing vocal range.)
Her day is made even happier when she gets to meet Miss Takahashi. The teacher is still on maternity leave, and enjoying her baby.
(“So… the baby will eventually turn into a human?”)
At home, Wakana’s dad made an anniversary dinner for them. Wakana asks some difficult questions about her mum not telling Wakana that she was ill.
She realises that her mum loved her a lot and Wakana recently scrubbed every memory of her from her room.
(“This isn’t takeaway food… Just don’t check the bins.”)
Her dad comforts her afterwards saying that he’s salvaged the stuff Wakana threw away.
Wakana also receives a song that her mum wrote, so that Wakana could complete it.
(Dad is concerned about the homework Wakana’s been missing)
Feeling much lighter, Wakana sings her mum’s choir’s song with the rest of her group.
(And all ends happily ever after?)
Overall, this expands on the foundation left by the previous episode. As depressing as Wakana’s feelings are, the human drama shown is pretty interesting.
I love that her friends are involved in Wakana’s emotions, she’s not completely boxed in to wallow over her depression. Her moments when meeting with other characters show her different sides.
It’s also great to see Miss Takahashi! Hopefully she’ll get more screen-time now that she’s got the baby.
Rated 4.5/5 Expands on Wakana’s past.