It seems that more hints on Sakurako’s past got revealed as Yuriko and Shoutarou find out more about their grandmothers.
From the looks of it, it seems that Yuriko finally gets some focus as she sorts out the things that her grandmother left in her house. She wants to find the special painting that her grandmother has. While Sakurako from reading some of the letters, observations and poems that her grandmother liked, she figured out that it is the painting at the lake because of an island that is similar to one in a tragic tale as a sign of having everlasting affection. While she gave a reasonable interpretation, it seems that it’s something that Yuriko has to find out on her own given that she knows more about her grandmother than Sakurako. At least it’s a step in the right direction.
Still, it’s kind of nice that her grandmother was very close to Yuriko during her childhood as she wrote letters to her. Not only that, it’s cute that she suggested Yuriko to get a boyfriend when Yuriko enter middle school. Too bad she hasn’t asked Shoutarou out yet considering that she somewhat felt down for having to attend the summer festival alone.
As for the other mystery behind why Shoutarou’s grandmother ask him to get pudding from a certain shop, it’s more straight forward. Sure, cancer treatments can change one’s tastes in food, but the pudding seems more for sentimental memories as Shoutarou talked with Ume and Sakurako about it. Considering that Shoutarou’s grandmother’s cancer spread to the bones, it’s obvious that she was in pain until the painkillers kick in. With that, it’s understandable why she wanted him to buy pudding so that he won’t see her in pain and enjoy eating it together. Sure, Shoutarou got upset after realizing the burden he put on her, but at the same time, he remembers the time he spent with her until the end, which is more valuable than money and tangible things.
While it’s probably the first time to see Shoutarou in tears, it seems that Sakurako might be ready to solve the mystery that she was entrusted a few episodes back. Although I mentioned that some of the mysteries gave some hints about her dark past, hopefully more about it will get revealed as she tackles the last mystery and solve it once and for all. Will we find out the reason behind her little brother’s death and the reason why she doesn’t call Shoutarou by his name? We have to wait to find out next time as they begin finding clues.