At last, Akari finally confronts her feelings.
I admit that I skipped last week’s post not because I was trying to finish Pokémon Y, but for the fact that Hikari went around beating up some kids over spilling Manaka’s dish, which in turn causes a big misunderstanding with the maiden statue being wrecked later. It’s probably obvious that the two girls did it for the fact that Miuna decided to do so over Akari having to break up with her dad just because the sea people doesn’t approve that. Even so, I thought the fourth episode was a mixed bag because it brought out more unpleasantness out from Hikari. However, his character improves a lot in the fifth episode.
As for the fifth episode, one can argue that the drama was cheap. On the other hand, Hikari finally redeems himself as he came off a bit more mature than his older sister. Besides saving Miuna from drowning, he also calms her down by saying that nobody is going to leave her alone and that it’s not hopeless to love someone. I think he finally understands this since he experienced it. The only big difference is that he always has his friends around him, which is the reason he can cope with his mother passing away compared to Miuna.
Overall, while the story is very unpredictable since Mari Okada always has tricks up her sleeves to surprise us, it’s quite obvious that love in the end is going to prevail over returning to the sea village. I think Akari finally did the right thing and express her true feelings for her love besides keeping it in to avoid repercussions. If she ran away from her feelings, I think she will feel even worse compared to just being banished from the village because she can’t be around the people she loves. Underneath it all, we are also seeing that Chisaki loves Hikari, which causes Manaka to get upset. Is this the love triangle we were waiting for since True Tears? Perhaps so, which makes me curious of how it will develop in future episodes.