Yeah… I wasn’t kidding when I said I would cry during this episode. In fact, I still have some tears in my eyes right now as I type this…
Makoto’s condition slowly worsens as she’s starting to find it hard to hold chopsticks. At school, Yuiichi reminisces back on the time he found Makoto as an injured fox cub and brought her back to recuperate in the Minase house secretly for half a month, as after that, he had to return home. He starts to wonder what might have caused this, with his act of kindness that day..
After school, Makoto is waiting for him again and Yuiichi treats her to the usual _nikuman_ on the way home. He casually mentions that he has a lot of money, thus Makoto asks him to buy a 100 yen bracelet with two strings on it for her. Breathing a sigh of relief it isn’t something expensive (there were random shots of a jewelry store when Yuiichi was saying that he has a lot of money earlier XD), he gladly buys it.
Back home, Makoto’s condition has worsened to the point where she’s using spoons to eat (Akiko-san’s curry rice tonight, wai~~!) and Yuiichi has to help her brush her teeth. Later at night, Makoto sneaks in to sleep with Yuiichi again, with Piro. The sleepless Yuiichi decides to sneak out to the Monomi Hills to organize his thoughts.
He’s suprised when he finds Makoto following him, as she’s scared he’ll leave her alone again, and Makoto starts to remember about the times when she was a fox, prompting Yuiichi to shout and snap her out of it. He reassures her that he won’t be leaving her any more, and the both return home to bed.
The next day, Yuiichi tries to seek an audience with Amano but fails, and is suprised when Makoto isn’t waiting for him as usual. He waits until sunset to return home to find out that Makoto is missing and starts to look around everywhere for her. Makoto shows up very much later, dirty and weakened with a high fever, mumbling that Piro has disappeared and she was looking for it.
The next day, Yuiichi is preparing to leave for school, when Makoto stops him. He decides to stay home for the day and takes care of Makoto. Later at night, Amano-san calls him out and he tells her that Makoto is regressing to a child after the fever she had. Amano reveals that she should have disappeared when she had the fever, but it looks like Makoto’s affection for Yuiichi is still keeping her alive, albeit in an uncomplete form. She warns him that if Makoto suffers another fever, that would most probably be the end, and leaves Yuiichi with the advice to stay strong, even if he is about to face a lot of pain.
Yuiichi decides to tell Akiko and Nayuki the truth about Makoto when he returns home, and Akiko reveals that she’d known about Yuiichi keeping Makoto back then, and mentioned that it liked the sound of the bells on her purse ringing, which attracted her. He informs them both that he’ll be skipping school for a while in order to take care of the now-regressing Makoto, who slowly turns more and more in to a child as the days pass by…
…. I shouldn’t have wrote the summary above… I cried another round again orz…. Dear god, I hope people don’t think I’m a wuss after this…
Extremely emotionally well-done episode by KyoAni really, and they managed to include some funnier things which are in context with the story, to alleviate the sad aura permeating the episode. Personally, the most touching thing of the episode was the reason why Makoto chose the bell bracelet, revealed by Akiko-san who, unsurprisingly knew about her (Yuiichi should have just asked her openly, she’s famed for her One-Second replies anyways :). I don’t think that this part was in the previous Kanon anime incarnation, and anyways, Kyo Ani is slowly pushing Makoto’s sad and touching story on us viewers, allowing us to fully appreciate and emphasise the story. The first Kanon series made me sad, this episode made me cry, twice, and I expect to shed some tears on everytime I will be rewatching this in the future.
I think I can only thank god that I’m not listening to “and you” right now, since I’m on my home PC. The song is still firmly stuck in my head though orz..