Yuuichi struggles to find a way to deal with Shioriâ€™s condition, trying to talk to Kaori and make her accept her sister’s presence and condition.
I loved how touching this episode was. Even the scenes where Shiori wasnâ€™t even with Yuuichi were so amazing and emotional. I loved the scenes where he was just by himself reflecting upon everything that Kaori said. Not only were the scenes beautiful, but they were so touching it just blew me away. I LOVED how he went to the fox hill an addressed Makoto, asking her what he should do and what it was like for her when she went away Although its not like heâ€™s talking to her ghost or something, which I really really wouldnâ€™t want, it was still so cool to see that she was still mentioned and not completely forgotten.
Shioriâ€™s arc has got to be one of the most tragic arcs there are. Although Mai may be one of my favorites, Shiori and Ayuâ€™s tie in being the most emotional. Even after watching the Toei version multiple times I still find this touching. Hell, even when I watched the Toei version multiple times I teared up at Shioriâ€™s arc, and now with KyoAni doing it itâ€™s brought a whole new depth to it because the surroundings and expressions on everyone will just draw me in. Shioriâ€™s arc is truly tragic in an amazing way. Not just to rant about how emotional it is, it really does have so many levels of complexity. Even Shiori herself doesnâ€™t try to love or get into relationships with people because if she does she is afraid of hurting others and making them sad when she dies. Not only is her death supposedly eminent, but she is making her life until then worse for her for others sake in a way. She even enables Kaori to forget about her, admitting to Yuuichi that she even tries to stay out of her way because she knows that Kaori is doing this so as she isnâ€™t hurt as much. She basically causes herself to be less then human because of her condition because of caring about others. That has got to be one of the best examples of tragedy Iâ€™ve ever seen, and itâ€™s being shown brilliantly.
Iâ€™m starting to really fear that they wonâ€™t include Shioriâ€™s suicide attempt in this version. Not only did they not show her box cutter when she was first introduced, but she hasnâ€™t mentioned her attempt yet. Although there is still more of her arc, perhaps just one more episode, itâ€™s starting to look a little bad for that bit. Which is really a shame because I absolutely loved that part. Not because Iâ€™m some weird person obsessed with others killing themselves, but it adds so much more depth and seriousness to her situation. Without things like that her story, although tragic in its own mind, would be mostly about Shioriâ€™s emanate death, but having fun anyways. Which is fine, but its more interesting when they mix in things like how she is suffering because she canâ€™t make relationships with people in fear of hurting them, or showing that it is serious enough that she almost killed herself because she didnâ€™t want to cause others harm because of her condition.
Switching over to Ayu, there was some more advancement of hers this episode. Although not too big, they did mention her hair band. Which, so far is different then the Toei version. Apparently though KyoAniâ€™s version is following the game in which Yuuichi didnâ€™t have the hair band himself and then gives it to comatose Ayu, apparently they donâ€™t have that at all. Itâ€™s still some advancement in that Ayu said someone important gave it to her.