Once again, with the end of a heroine’s arc, we get the obligatory sex scene. I seriously think that the creators could have toned down the sex scene’s eroticness, and still managed to get that. Well, besides that, the drama this episode was actually pretty good *gasp*. The atmosphere got pretty tense here and there, and the overall conflict is wayyyyy better than Kazuha’s very shallow from two episodes ago. I guess you could say that the progression of events felt mch more natural, as opposed to the rushed madness that was Kazuha’s arc not too long ago.
There was a tremendous focus on Akira’s unknown mother, whom Akira thought was Kazuha’s mother. There were points in this episode where the atmosphere around Akira was very gloomy and dark, which says a lot about the internal conflicts she was going through that episode. For her to have been living along for years, jealous of the fact that her “mother” was with Kazuha the entire time, must have been unbearable at times, especially because Akira was called an “unwanted child” back when she was little.
Akira’s past is pretty messed up, with quite a few borderline traumatic events, not to mention being abandoned by her mother. That being said, Haruka decides to poke his head in all of Akira’s business, and manages to get a DNA test run to confirm that Akira is not related to Kazuha’s mother.
It turns out that Kazuha’s mother had looked out for Akira back when she was first born, which is why there was the misunderstanding regarding their relationship. The moment where Akira got back her lost pendant, and embraced Kazuha’s mother, was rather touching, though I don’t quite fully understand the implications here.
The entire sex scene afterwards was pretty much to confirm that Akira, indeed, loves Haruka. Honestly, as I mentioned earlier, the sex scene definitely felt like it was overdone, and had a bunch of unnecessary little details. I guess the entire scene did help get the point across though; Akira and Haruka are officially a couple.
Overall, Akira’s arc was much more sensible than the previous arc, with the drama and story progression feeling much more genuine and realistic. That being said, the pace at which events happen is still quite fast, so there are tiny little details that are skipped over here and there. There are also some bits of character development that are kind of unexpected, which I’m attributing to the fast pace of this show. I am liking how the music contributes to this show though; there are moments where I’m finding the soundtrack relatively well done, which is quite surprising. Now, I wonder how Nao and Sora’s arcs will turn out.
Overall Enjoyment: 3.7/5
Screenshots are later in the post. WARNING: Some of the screenshots are NSFW