Hinata’s turn for what? Backstory + getting motivated by nakama, obviously. I really liked Hinata early on, but I found this episode to be just okay. Nothing horrible, nothing outstanding. Ready for some Hinata?
- Hinata is confused that she has friends who aren’t in Antarctica. Hmm, I really wonder where her parents are. They never show up.
- Turns out that Hinata doesn’t have friends after all. She gets angry at the snow for the fact. No, let me rephrase that. Hinata is mad that people she doesn’t consider friends are suddenly behaving like her friends. Shallow, opportunistic female classmates are quite the trope in anime/J-drama. It makes me a little uncomfortable seeing how it’s depicted as a norm.
- Look at Shirase in the back. Remember when I said that nobody has privacy in this anime? This episode supports that even further. Nobody in this anime can truly be alone at any point! It’s just a part of…being a team, you know? I can identify though (with Shirase).
- Ah…the poor girl. Honestly, just give up on Yu-kun… I know he responds by the end of this episode, but what kind of boyfriend ignores you for months (?) when you go on an expedition to a place almost further than the universe? Dump him, don’t let him dump you!!!
- Turns out that Shirase is great at mahjong!
- And apparently, Shirase is the daughter of Gin and Takako. Are Gin and Takako officially a couple then?! I came across Remy’s post this morning, and he discusses the relationship between Gin and Takako in greater depth, so go give it a read! I didn’t think it was official when I got to this point in the episode, perhaps because of how Gin panics whenever she’s left alone with Shirase, accusing Takako of leaving her with a kid (that’s not hers). I didn’t feel like she sees Shirase as a part of her responsibility, but Remy’s post definitely presents convincing arguments. Regardless of whether Gin and Takako were together before, it’s clear that Gin has not been a parental figure to Shirase ever since the incident. Resolving the tension between the two feels like a much more complicated task after this casual statement suggests that Gin, Takako, and Shirase were once a family or something like one.
- Gah…what an awkward moment. Shirase is caught red-handed to be checking Hinata’s email. If she doesn’t choose this approach, I wonder how long it will take before Hinata opens up to her friends about herself. Will she ever? I don’t think she will, and there would always be something artificial about their close friendship. I don’t think close friends can keep important secrets from one another in the long run, and am definitely more Shirase than Mari when it comes to being worried about a friend, but maybe that’s just me?
- Hinata confesses! For once in this show, it’s not a very emotional confession. That’s because Hinata is still repressing the damage done to her at this point. Her desire to join the expedition now makes sense to me.
- I don’t really feel for her backstory. Being betrayed by friends and being ostracized are horrible things that can damage a person as much as verbal/physical bullying, but to quit not only the club but school as well? I didn’t know you could just decide not to go to school one day and not have anyone come after you. Perhaps family issues are involved in this as well, but I doubt Hinata’s getting another episode to expand on her backstory. Maybe it’s because Hinata herself glosses over things when telling the story – it just didn’t affect me very much.
- So Hinata has been greatly wounded by her past and hides her feelings at all costs because of this. She’s an insecure person. I don’t know why, but I can’t buy into it. Sure, we saw a glimpse of what’s beneath her mask in Singapore, but this episode’s backstory feels like a weak attempt to justify how she acts.
- Climax: Shirase defends her friend on air! I wasn’t surprised to see this, but it’s nice to see, I suppose. We don’t get to see the reactions of Hinata’s “friends” though. Were they really that evil? I kind of pity them.
- Yuzu’s expression feels borderline euphoric yandere. Probably just me seeing things. Yuzuki is eager to spread her new understanding of how awesome friendship is. Best girl is still cute!
And that’s it for the episode. Fewer screenshots this time, because I happen to have less I want to talk about. Yorimoi is still nice and consistent.