Oh-no, Kakeru collapsed. Is this foreshadowing that the future is fixed regardless of actions taken by our group of plucky friends? Well, don’t expect an answer to that this episode. Instead we have plot contrivance at its worst when 6 students are picked for a relay team with Kakeru chosen for the anchor. Why six students on a relay team? So that our core group of friends can all volunteer to swap places with the chosen students and we can have an all friends team. Yay! That is probably the worst development yet in this story. Couple that with Naho not understanding basic body language (boy you like holds out his hand, boy wants to hold hand) and mostly you end up with a frustrating viewing experience. Admittedly, the others finally admit they also got letters. Come on Orange, you’ve done better than this up until now. Don’t derail this close to the end of the season.
Orange is available on Crunchyroll.