Finally fell in the mood to rewatch Hitohira, now with Starlight’s subs. Even though I managed to watch it raw, I pretty much didn’t get many of the subtle nuances and some of the technical parts of the show, of which I only managed to understand thanks to hashihime’s blogging of it at the same time.
For a first episode, aside from the usual exposition of the show, Hitohira definitely had many hints and foreshadowing to past and future events. I’d rather not go in to too much detail, as that’s not really my style.
That being said, what really attracted me to Hitohira in the first episode is Nono-senpai, with Kawasumi Ayako providing yet another sterling performance that just increases my respect count for her to higher and higher levels. There is just something with her portrayal of Nono and one can actually feel Nono’s charm and personality oozing out from the screen, thanks to Ayako’s professional passion which she puts in all her serious work. Definitely, Nono was the show stealer of this episode.
Also, not to forget is also Satsuki Yukino’s role as Sakaki Mirei, the president of the official drama club. While I am a fan of her performances, her work for Sakaki definitely increased my respect count for her a lot more. Even as short as a scene she got in this first episode, it was truly a heart-wrenching one, one that can only be appreciated through a rewatch of the show.