Important revelations are made this week in regards to Himura and Yuuko past. They were both orphaned at a very young age and used to live in the same facility together where they developed an odd bond. Himura’s family possibly lost in a fire, which also took the life of his younger sister, Akane, and he feels terrible regret for not being able to save her; a trauma that still lasts until his teenage years.
During their time at the facility, Yuuko was attracted to Himura and she continuously stuck around him, which dredged up Himura’s memories of Akane. Himura attempted to distance himself from her, but Yuuko proved to be tenacious enough to forge a bond with him, which lasted until she was adopted by a distant relative.
Since then, Himura has decided to live his life as independently as possible, so when he reunites with Yuuko at present time (his high school days), he tells her to not be involved with him anymore as he doesn’t want to remember their past together. Yuuko still proves to be tenacious to her feelings, bringing Himura up to the rooftop using the duplicate key where she confesses that Himura is her first love and it hasn’t ended yet. Yuuko proceeds to hug Himura and declares that she’ll erase all his sad memories.
It seems there are still many skeletons in the closet for this side of the fairy tale, but it’s good to finally know a lot more about Himura and Yuuko’s past. My early suspicions was that they were possibly adopted or their parents married each other, but it seems I’m a bit off the mark. Both of them are tied together by the loss of family, more so for Himura as he feels much remorse over how he failed to save his own sister.
Yuuko’s confession is a daring and somewhat touching too, especially when she declares that her first love hasn’t ended yet. It’s at least known that Himura has a measure of feelings for her, but he doesn’t want to admit it or get close to her as well. We’ll still need to see how Nagi plays in the whole equation as well as the other Amamiya, who didn’t make an appearance this week.
Kuze and Mizuki spend another day together. Kuze asks if she would like to go sightseeing around, but Mizuki declines. Both of them head to Renji’s house first, where Mizuki decides to do some laundry and promptly strips an unwilling Renji, who has been up studying for his exams. When the laundry is done, Mizuki heads to take it out to hang, but Kuze collapses suddenly. After a number of “bumps”, Mizuki manages to drag the half-conscious Kuze to the sofa and lets him sleep on her lap when he says he doesn’t want to sleep alone, assuring him that she’ll be there.
Kuze wakes up later in the evening, surprised at how he fell asleep. Mizuki sends him back to his home, and Kuze notices a stack of letters for him in the mailbox. He later brings them out to burn, answering that he’s cutting off all his relationships when Himura questions his conduct. There’s even a letter from Nagi in it, but he doesn’t read it at all.
Later that night, Kuze is having a drink at the back porch when Mizuki comes over, noticing the violin set on the table. When she asks Kuze if it’s fixed, he answers non-committally that it’s still broken. Mizuki starts talking about Kuze’s CD, telling him about how it made her feel so many things from the music, especially from the classics, which sounded “sexy”; as if someone was whispering sweet words of love in to her ears. She further drops a bombshell on to Kuze by declaring that she has probably fallen in love with him, before returning next door.
A surrealistic sequence reveals more about Kuze’s heart condition, hinting that it’s bradycardia arrhythmia, a fatal condition for Kuze as he seems obsessed with rhythms and tempo, with the metronome instrument featuring prominently this time round. It looks like discovering the condition has proven to be big enough shock for him to slump in to a pessimistic outlook for himself, even going to the length of discarding all his relationships, except for Himura and his neighbours, thus having Mizuki’s sudden confession for him comes as a shock to his pessimist self.
A proper OP and ED is in place in this episode, which will come as a relief for some. The ED is a Mizuki piece and it remains to be seen if there will be other pieces to rotate as well, as what SHAFT did in the first season.