[Description]: My thoughts on Orange episode 10.
Well, between the slight quality improvement over last week and a couple writing details, Orange has at least managed to recover some ground this week. The art and animation still don’t look great but the show never really lived or died by its visuals. If it can pull things together for the big moments at the end then I’m not terribly concerned about the production quality of late. Only time will tell.
Though a little simple in its presentation, the scene where the group gathered around Kakeru and Naho as they struggled to move the mattress pad was at least a little engaging. The symbolic gesture of Kakeru letting go and his friends holding up the pad for him was a nice enough way to visualize Kakeru’s opening up to them about his mother. This kind of scene is what Orange has been about for some time now – Kakeru shouldering the guilt and misery associated with his mother’s suicide and his friends trying to be there for him and help shoulder the burden in order to save him. It all feels a little drawn out by this point and this likely isn’t the last time we see a scene very similar to this but at least the way in which Kakeru releases the pad, the music swells, and he at least confides in them was executed reasonably well.
The relay scene was done pretty well and for the most part I liked the pseudo-wordless presentation. I wonder if it would have been better to hold off on what each of them had said until the end instead of immediately following their muted outcries with exactly what they had said anyway. The culmination of their messages as Kakaru received the baton was probably the most melodramatic the show has gotten though honestly it felt pretty at home within the scene. At this point Orange could really use some light melodrama given how dry and subdued a lot of its emotional scenes are.
The end of the episode sees Naho come to the realization that the future offered by the letter isn’t always the only option and though this is true, the letter still holds some value. This recognition of the letter is relevant enough but at episode 10 it arrives a little late. This rather obvious sentiment that the letter isn’t absolute and that its ability to predict the future is valuable illustrates Naho once again in kind of a dull light. Given the simplicity of the idea and how late she comes into it, this dialogue emphasized Naho’s simple-mindedness instead of her endearing and heartfelt realization.