Yes, more tsun Nanaka.
Pronouns is getting weirder. Really weirder.
The episode starts with tsun-tsun Nanaka ignoring Sana, causing much concern for him and he asks her why she is treating him so coldly. Nanaka tells him the reason why, but Sana tries to explain it off as an accident, using the incident behind the shrine as a metaphor, but it backfires on him, causing Nanaka to get more angry. He gets angry with her back, and storms off after a flurry of words.
Returning home, Sana reminisces about his childhood times with Nanaka and remembers that they used to have a secret mailbox to tell each other things they wanted to keep among themselves. After finding the key back, he opens the post box, and a whole stack of letters pour out of it… some with rather disturbing contents. Worried, he questions Syuu the next day about events in the past 5 years and Syuu finally reveals that Nanaka’s house was set on fire, and she was the sole survivor of the incident. However, Nanaka suffered partial amnesia on the events of that night due to the trauma, and after she recovered, her attitude totally changed to her current one.
Am I the only one who thinks she looks like Nanoha?
Depressed to learn about it, along with Syuu’s painful words that he can’t do anything to help her, Sana contemplates alone in the park, where he’s interrupted by Yuzuki-sensei, who hands him another caramel. Sana asks her why does she do that, and Yuzuki-sensei explains it was a habit she gradually developed from her unhappy childhood, although the exact cause was indirectly thanks to Sana.
Realizing something, Sana takes off, thanking Yuzuki-sensei, and he calls Nanaka to the post box. He apologizes for everything, causing Nanaka to break down, and after an outburst, she hugs him and says the things she wanted to say all this while. Later that night, Sana has his customary phone call and tells his mother that he’ll become stronger, as he’s found someone to protect.
Weird, really. How else should I say about this episode. The major thing was finally getting to know the reason behind Nanaka’s cold exterior and trauma, but really, the whole episode was kinda… tasteless. The production team tried to throw in a few plot lines together this episode, but really, it didn’t connect well at all, and in fact, it just really felt wrong. Nevertheless, at least we’ll be seeing a step forward in Nanaka and Sana’s relationship. Seriously, they’ve been playing a zero-sum game of tsun and dere all this while.
I guess the part that felt REALLY out of place this episode was Yuzuki-sensei’s part. I’ll admit she’s an awesome teacher though, but they placed her part in a more awkward part of the show. They should’ve shortened her flashback, and cut it off to the part where met Sana, instead of rambling all the way back to her childhood, which by the way, her younger self really reminds me of Nanoha.
Pronouns is now playing a weird balancing game of win and fail to me, something like Sana triggering Nanaka’s tsun and dere counters continuously in the earlier episodes. This isn’t helped by the fact the production team doesn’t seem to take the mood of the story progression seriously, not with the next episode being Hinako-centric again it seems. I knew it, that ominous shot on the end of the Hinako birthday episode earlier was foreshadowing something; the starting of show going in to fail territory. Will Hinako manage to pull it back up, though?