The heroine appears in another world, in which she is dating Kent, who accompanies her to the temple festival and thanks her for encouraging him to open up more. When he determines her memories are missing, Orion appears, and Kent asks to talk to him through the heroine. After learning that the heroine is shifting between alternate worlds, Kent considers whether the heroine he knew is gone. The heroine promises she’ll see him tomorrow, but in the middle of an intersection, she shifts again, now accompanied by Toma.
As demonstrated by his status as a grad student in math, a lover of math games, and initial ineptness at male-female communication, Kent is a bit of a nerd. On the other hand, judging by the height of his head he’s either built like a fashion illustration or he’s, like, eight feet tall. Character distortion aside, it’s clear Kent is trying. Plus, there’s no fan club after him, and he not only believes that Orion is real, he even agrees to communicate with him (Orion’s a him, apparently) through the heroine. His obsession with belts is a bit of a concern, but otherwise, he’s decent boyfriend material. Going with the flow as always, even when it leads to her secret being revealed to the guy she’s currently dating, it seems the heroine could be content staying here.
So of course, when she wants to stay, she ends up shifting somewhere else, where she’s doubtless involved with Toma. We share her exasperation; just when a little progress was being made, she’s back to square one again. But that’s the way these things usually go: progress is treacle-slow, involving intense patience from all parties involved. By episode’s end, we were thinking for the first time not just about the heroine, but also about how these guys feel when their version of the girlfriend suddenly changes into the character we’re following. Does their heroine return to normal when she shifts out of their worlds?
Rating: 7 (Very Good)
The heroine finds herself in a new world where Ikku is her boyfriend. Rumors fly around that he treats dating like a game and has dumped all his previous conquests three months after meeting them. However, according to Kent, he has not yet done so with her. Orion reappears but promptly disappears, just before she is able to tell her what exactly is going on.
We’re starting to think
Eureka the heroine’s encounter with Merry Nightmare Orion now has her bouncing between universes. Whenever some time passes and she is able to gather information about the universe she’s in, boom, she wakes up back on August 1, in a totally different universe. Well, a slightly different one, at least. It’s all about the details: most importantly, whom she’s dating.
While it’s eventually made clear Ikku and the heroine are a couple, because we know that she doesn’t remember (or is from a universe where they aren’t a couple) there’s a bit of a creeper factor to Ikku. It’s as if the series is relishing putting the poor unwitting heroine in the middle of these relationships with fairly aggressive men who wear the same weird clothes every day, have no notion of personal space, and play nerdy math games.
Of course, the heroine keeps going with the flow. Why bother learning more about where she is if you’re just going to end up somewhere else a couple days later?
Rating: 6 (Good)
Shin takes the heroine home from the hospital. The next morning he returns, telling her they’ve been dating for three months. He takes her to her university, hoping to jog her memories, including in the practice room where they first kissed. When she returns to work, the trip to Shinano differs in several details, and Kent and Ikku no longer work at the maid cafe. She asks Shin what happened the night of her accidnent, but all he can tell her for now is that it was “all his fault.”
Things don’t get any easier for our poor delicate heroine this week, as she wakes up in a hospital, back in the beginning of August, after an employee retreat that she remembers happened days later. And it isn’t just dates she’s confused about: people who used to work at the cafe are now just random acquaintances. There was no meteor shower. And the “photographer” guy? He helped them look for her, but now he seems to vanish into thin air when she’s not alone. Consistent facts elude the heroine at every turn. We’d be pissed, but she handles it all with grace and patience.
All we know for sure (we think!) is that she fell off a cliff and was injured How, and why and to what extent she was hurt, we don’t know. Nor do we know if the last episode was just a dream, or if this one is. Shin isn’t forthcoming, because he’s not confident enough to discuss it calmly, or something. Beside their frustrating discussion, a juggler juggles, providing a not-so-subtle visual aid of what the heroine is trying to do. And then, to complicate matters further, Orion, who had been absent in this time, tries to re-establish contact.
Rating: 7 (Very Good)
P.S. The heroine’s university is Rikkyo University in Ikebukuro. We happened upon the real thing while on a trip there and were struck by its Western design. It looked like someone plopped down a patch of England right in the middle of Tokyo! Also, like Shin, we love melon soda.
Eureka the heroine wakes up after her encounter with the girls, wondering if she broke a promise and caused someone harm as a result of her amnesia. She decides to join her co-workers on a 2-night orientation trip to an island where they’ll be able to see a meteor shower. She gets flashbacks of Kent at a festival and of Shin confessing to killing someone, and when she ends up alone with Shin, she panics, and ends up falling off a cliff. She comes to in a hospital. It’s August 1 again, Shin comes in to kiss her, and Orion is gone.
The mysteries continue unabated this week, with the poor unnamed heroine’s plight becoming more and more complicated and confusing. It’s bittersweet feeling, as we’re enjoying all the intrigue, but at the same time frustrated that we just don’t know anything concrete yet. On more than one occasion Orion apologizes for being useless, but really, where would the heroine be without her guidance? Well, we may find out next week, as it would seem she’s gone back in time, her neck is bandaged, and Orion is nowhere to be found.
Is Orion being trapped inside her soul the main cause of this, or are matters more complex than that? How much time traveling has she done? Are there paradoxes to resolve? (sorry, we’re deep into FFXIII-2). It seem’s she’s had/has/will have some kind of romantic connection with all the guys (explored in both OP and ED) at some point. Who knows? She doesn’t even know who she is, only that she’s apparently quite popular, despite spacing out all the time. We haven’t even mentioned that weird photographer guy. Curiouser and curiouser…
Rating: 7 (Very Good)