We learn the harsh truth about Rikka’s past.
Before we get to the nitty-gritty drama, there were some comedic moments that I enjoyed a lot. Aside from Makoto being obsessed with Kumin (I admit that she looked rather adorable in white) and having his hair grow back a little, the antics between Shinka and Sanae is just hilarious. Aside from Shinka having to save Sanae after watching her suffer train sickness, she draws insults on her back. The funny thing is that Sanae did the same thing to Shinka, thus ruining her tan completely. Still, it’s kind of stupid how Sanae failed to put any sunscreen on and got sun burned. Obviously, Shinka will take advantage of that. Even so, it seems that the family dog likes her so much that it won’t stop licking.
On the other hand, we learn more about Rikka’s past and it’s rather tragic. Touka revealed to Yuuta that Rikka never gotten over her father’s death. It’s mostly because nobody told her, which is why she escaped reality shortly after his death. There is no wonder why Touka doesn’t want Yuuta to take Rikka to the “Unseen Horizon.” It will make the problem worse. Even though she blocked them from going and failed, Rikka finally faced reality as she stands in a vacant lot where she used to live. There is no wonder why she had middle school disease. She simply uses it to live in an alternate reality so she doesn’t have to be reminded of her father’s death. I think it will hinder her if she keeps living like this. Hopefully with support from Yuuta and his friends, they might find a way to address the thing that bothers Rikka so she can start live normally.
Believe it or not, this was an interesting twist to a beach episode. While it had some lighthearted moments, I liked how they incorporated Rikka’s sad past. With cliffhanger after the realization, I wonder how it will play it out next time. ¶