Kuze spends another day with Mizuki as she learns more about him, and Himuraâ€™s past with Yuuko is revealed.
I thought this episode was great, but then again Iâ€™m likely to find most episodes of this series great. It set up some very interesting and potentially very important parts of the plot, such Himuraâ€™s past and Kuzeâ€™s situation. I am curious as to what exactly Kuzeâ€™s situation is though. It seems like heâ€™s dying or something, he obviously has heart problems but the reason I jumped to dying is as he was burning the letters he got, he mentioned something to Himura about already having severed his human connections, like something heâ€™s doing by cutting off contact with people close to him in preparation for death or something.
I am interested in the metaphor aspect of this series. One of the interesting things in the first series was comparing Chihiroâ€™s novel with her real life, and Kuze keeps referring to masks. Not only actually talking about them, but in the weird metaphor scenes where heâ€™s talking to himself and other weir things, heâ€™s wearing different makes. I could see that as something that becomes very important and Iâ€™m looking forward to how it plays out.
On a smaller note, I freaked out when I realized this but there has to be some connection to the girl who draws herself naked, Hirono Nagi, and Hirono Hiro from the first series. Obviously the big flag that both of their family names are Hirono, Nagi is interested in drawing and Hiro was as well. Plus I donâ€™t remember the exact name Hiro used as his manga author name, but I believe it was Nagi. Now at first I thought it might be his mother or something, but based on the time, I would drift more towards sister at this point, but itâ€™s a bit unclear as to how much in the past the high school thing is from the present. The orphanage was â€œ20 years agoâ€ and Iâ€™m guessing 20 years from the present, not high school since that would make Himura and Yuuko 30 or so in high school, but if it was 20 years from present then they would be 30 maybe even 35 in present, and 35 is way too young for someone to have a 18 year old kid I would assume. Unless Nagi got pregnant in high school, I donâ€™t see that as the case, but then again itâ€™s still an option now.