[Description]: My thoughts on Orange episode 6.
This episode one ups the prior in regards to developments, cementing it as the episode with the most substance so far. Naho’s relationship, Kakeru’s regret, and the possibility of other letters from the future made for a lot of content and with a lot more out in the open it will be interesting to see where the show goes from here.
At long last we finally see Naho read ahead in the letter to discern the date of Kakeru’s accident and how best to save him. The reason she gives for not having done so earlier is that she was too afraid to do so however this came off as rather week lamp-shading to me. Naho is an earnest and excessively considerate person and having the reasoning be that she was too afraid to read the letter that could potentially save her friends life because she was fearful I think is a lame and out of character excuse. Her pace of reading the letter ultimately feels more like a convenience created for the story rather than something reflective of her character.
This episode twice-over confirmed my fears that arose at the end of episode 4. Naho’s inability to see that Kakeru harbors feelings for her despite a painfully outright display grows increasingly frustrating in an uncomplaining way. There’s being blinded by emotion and ignorant of other people’s affection for you and then there’s just being plain dense merely for the sake of being so. Hopefully when she does ultimately realize what Kakeru is thinking it isn’t in some big, over-the-top, sappy revelation and her reaction will be more akin to a soft smile coupled by the sentiment that somewhere deep down, she knew all along.
I trust the show enough to pull this off without needlessly stepping into melodrama and I hope the future episodes try to improve Naho’s personality. She isn’t a dumb character so there is no need for her to continue air-headedly wondering at who Kakeru is talking about each episode. It will be interesting to see where this development with Suwa’s letter goes however I’m already wondering why he or perhaps even the entire group didn’t reveal this information to each other sooner.