Wakana catches a cold and misses the first days of school. Konatsu visits with cake and they talk about promises made to dead relatives. Wakana stops by Sawa’s to pick up a copy of her mother’s class, along with a tape of her singing. Sawa lets Wakana ride Sabure, mentioning the rift with her father. Wakana returns home and her father has prepared a feast for his anniversary/her birthday. She asks him why they never told her she was sick. Her mother didn’t want them to fulfill their promise by writing a sad song. Her dad gives her unfinished sheet music so she can finish the song her mom started.
At long last, Wakana seems to have dealt with her guilt and grief over her mother’s passing, and is willing to stop punishing herself and return to the world of music her mother instilled so deeply in her. This is an All-Wakana episode in which she gets perspectives from Konatsu and Sawa and finally wrings the truth out of her father, who basically says her mom didn’t want her daughter feeling sorry for her, or to write a song that would be a goodbye to her. Her mom’s decision still caused Wakana pain, but kept their promise alive. Now Wakana has her mother’s unfinished song, and can complete it with hope and love rather than despair.
Tari Tari has benefited by having the focus on Wakana these last couple episodes; she’s now the most developed and interesting among the cast of five, and with this weight lifted from her shoulders. With her major personal conflict essentially resolved, we suspect the series will do another group episode or to before moving on to another character. Sawa in particular shows promise, with goals that don’t jive with her father. But the others have their work cut out for them after this very moving Wakana arc.