Orange Episode 6 [ The Truth ]

Orange episode 5 and the beginning of episode 6 gave the impression that Kakeru might almost be cured of whatever[HorribleSubs] Orange - 06 [720p].mkv_20160809_232513 is ailing him. His growing affections for Naho seem to be changing his outlook, and he is even closer to Suwa who he respects and doesn’t want to take Naho from. Midway through episode 6 of Orange we see the most striking representation of mental illness I can recall in anime. Kakeru is genuinely falling in love with Naho and is more and more interested in her. He even asks who she would like most to ask her out and it is clear he is testing the waters and hoping it will be him. Kakeru does not stop feeling emotions or expressing his love for other people.

[HorribleSubs] Orange - 06 [720p].mkv_20160809_232519But even if he loves other people, Kakeru is still suffering immensely. It caused me physical pain to see what Kakeru is experiencing. It takes most of the episode to get Kakeru to confess his feelings and what he says is “I didn’t want to tell you because I thought you would hate me.” As he is tormenting himself with the death of his mother he is also adding the fear that all of his friends might abandon him in disgust for what he thinks he has done. So what did Kakeru do? He simply told his mother he couldn’t take her to the hospital on the Opening Ceremony because he was so happy to be invited out by the crew.[HorribleSubs] Orange - 06 [720p].mkv_20160809_232821

Naho is mortified: The letter warned her not to invite him out. She begins to cry as she begins to believe this is her fault and not Kakeru’s, while he probably interprets her tears in a more negative way. This is all a serious metaphor for something far more intense: sometimes one person can’t just solve the things that are burdening you. Kakeru is so lost in his sorrow and guilt for, in his view, letting his mother die that it even influences the way he can relay information to the people he cares about. He loves Naho, but he is held back by the immense pain he is feeling.

[HorribleSubs] Orange - 06 [720p].mkv_20160809_232638This episode also flat out confirmed to every character and even past!Naho that Kakeru did kill himself. His grandmother reveals to the future gang that he left a note for her pleading to mark it as an accident and the rest of the friends are shocked and guilt ridden. While the beginning of the episode is shown making everyone happily get along, subverting Ueda’s attempts to separate Naho and Kakeru, and making the story seem lighthearted this does not remain at all. By the end of it, Naho is feeling lost. Suwa asks about Kakeru one day when he hasn’t made it to practice and in a fit of desperation Naho decides to tell him about the letter. . .

Until he reveals he also got one. The episode ends there, with the realization [HorribleSubs] Orange - 06 [720p].mkv_20160809_232835that Naho has not been alone in this dilemma the entire time. My mind is blown by these concepts and I’m really pulled in, but I’m also hurting for Kakeru. Seeing how desperately alone he felt and knowing it led him to end his life despite all his friends loving him is such a sad and also truthful thing. Kakeru is a great representation of anyone dealing with depression, loss, and grief. That being said, I am both excited for the future. . .and terrified for it.

Oki

4 thoughts on “Orange Episode 6 [ The Truth ]

  1. Man, I hope we get a glimpse into what Suwa’s letter says and not leaving it at just that he got one. Considering Naho and Suwa are together in the future (or maybe now an alternate future?) that could be one heavy letter for Suwa.

  2. This is the episode that really drew me into this show 100%. I was floored by the revelation that there was another letter, and while I know things are going to get way, way more emotional from here, I’m glad for it. Until now I felt like Naho was under so much pressure, like Kakeru’s fate rested solely in her hands. That’s just too great a burden, even for adults, and Naho is at such a vulnerable age and still trying to figure out her own life…I just felt like I couldn’t invest in a series that pretty much made Naho fully responsible for Kakeru’s life. I really hope that the rest of the series makes it about all of Kakeru’s friends working together to make him safe. I hope they all got letters. And on that note, I think I’m gonna go shopping for a whole ton of tissues because I flat out know I’ll be crying my eyes out over this.

  3. Honestly, after reading this post, I was hoping for more text in all caps, like AnoHana. And I was hoping that you would go on a rant about how Suwa just didn’t confer with Naho about the letter. Anyways, great review. I really liked how you talked about Kakeru and how he manages to feel for others despite his situation. I’m really looking forward to your next review, and I hope you talk about Suwa a little. Knowing how he has a letter really puts his actions into a new light in hindsight.

  4. I was thinking about Orange, and a thought occurred to me. I understand that Naho is the protagonist, and this is clearly a developing romance story between her and Kakeru, but do you think that it’s focusing a little too much on their relationship? I think it would be nice to see Kakeru interacting with the group as a whole rather than just Naho, and by that I mean, have them enjoy each other’s company and such. It seems that everything they do is focused on Naho and Kakeru, not Kakeru and the others. Seeing Naho with Kakeru is great, but I think that it would be nice as well to see Kakeru interacting more closely with the others positively.

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