In episode 9 of Orange I found myself lamenting the state of the show. For some reason every episode of this series had left me with a sense of profound engagement and yet, I found, this episode could not produce the same level of joy or fulfillment. This episode of Orange was fundamentally lacking in what made the other episodes of this series special. What is usually a consistent stark
animation was instead made up of lackluster far-away shots that seemed to contradict what the show was before. Granted I understand the production industry in Japan creates a brutal and demanding schedule and being able to publish is very important and makes the anime industry function as it so does.
Despite that, Orange before this episode was a sleek and very pretty production that only seldom had wacky faces and generic details. Yet what once before was fleeting moments of disparity in content now made the entire episode lose focus. On top of that a show that is usually centered on reminding the viewer of their mortality, the people they love, and loss instead turned into a pedantic love triangle which otherwise made me resent characters I genuinely know I like.
Today Azusa revealed part of her letter was about regretting an incident between Kakeru and Naho, but hilariously it all pans out and is cute. It forces Naho and Kakeru to talk to each other and be closer together, which is what they need. What causes the episode to go downhill is when the festival begins and instead of animating beautiful scenes for Kakeru’s memory, we get many scenes lacking detail. Shouldn’t I be feeling Kakeru’s pain?! Instead the entire episode is disjointed and disappointing. I can easily say this is the worst episode of Orange to date, because it took scenes that otherwise made Kakeru into and interesting and pained character and made it much less moving. The point got across and I did feel very sad for him, but I was very upset for him to have his past so misrepresented and for him to be so bitterly jealous.
I am very disgruntled, to the point I don’t know what to say anymore. Everything about the second half of this episode was boring and stupid, and misrepresented everything about the show. I feel like this is the first time I roled my eyes at feelings I normally empathize with. Let’s just hope next week is better. . .hope.