Misae’s flashback arc begins and I’m surprised. It’s the stork story, only in reverse. Literally. Reverse. In gender-wise or time-wise. No wonder the cat had more screen time than Botan had, LOL.
I am really surprised to see this happening though, because it’s so…. magical, yet so familar and also with a dash of outlandishness to it too. Does this mean they’ll retroactively change the past so that the present happens? It’s all so weird though, mostly because the show has been pretty “normal” throughout the series so far. I guess this means KyoAni is finally ready to throw in the mystical parts of CLANNAD to us, the viewers, already.
Younger Misae was… not what I expected, hahaha. She’s so much more violent than her older self will be and it sure seems she’s been pretty well schooled in the arts of tackling, armlocking and suplexes. Now I kinda understand why Satsuki Yukino is her voice actress *coughchidoricough*. Poor Shima-kun getting a real nice taste of Misae’s “skills”, heh.
Also, seeing her trying desperately to attract the attention of her crush, Igarashi-kun, seriously made me think, “Ahhh, youth is as youth does.” The ending of this episode was a really heart-wrenching moment though, even made more so by the unintentional cruelty of Misae’s own words. It’s actually the first time CLANNAD has touched so close to the purse strings in my heart and if this story continues on like this…. well, we’ll see.