This show continues to bring a very realistic view of the confusion of finishing high school. There’s certainly romance involved as many of the issues have come about by characters wanting to act on their feelings when they haven’t had the courage to previously, but ultimately this story seems to just focus on the feeling of loss and transition and not really knowing what is coming next.
It doesn’t help that very few of the characters know themselves what they want. Even when they think they know, in the case of Soma wanting Hazuki, it is more based on a feeling rather than an actual knowing. Soma knows very little about the girl but he wants to date her. She rejected him, but wonders if she made the right choice. And then they both are in that awkward ‘do I message them back’ stage. For Soma, it is Eita who is the catalyst for action but even then Eita doesn’t just tell him to message the girl. He drags him back into baseball for another round.
This is mirrored by Hazuki later trying to perfect a song on the trumpet before she’ll message him back, though fortunately Hazuki’s friend is far more direct and just tells Soma to show up. But the true charm of this continues to be the large cast of believable characters with various friends, classmates, and the photography girl all still in the mix and all going in their own directions. Slow paced but never dull, this show continues to be a pleasure to watch even as several moments of animation this week really did fail (Soma leaving the room after catching Eita about to be fed by photography girl and Hazuki’s initial run to the music room both left an impression, just not a good one). Still, these are minor issues that aren’t stopping the enjoyment of a good story with good characters.
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