It seems that, at this point, we are slowly unraveling the mystery behind why Kaori loses her memories. We’re nowhere near a concrete answer, to be sure, but previous clues certainly suggested that it has something to do with Kujo, and this week seems to strengthen that theory. We also see the first interaction Kaori has with old friends since the show started. This interaction is brief, although it does reveal a bit about Kaori and Kujo’s past. This probably could have been played out a bit more, in all actuality, but I suppose it was tense enough just because Kaori was faced with a new situation that she didn’t know how to handle. Added to this, of course, is the fact that she isn’t quite the same Kaori she’s been throughout the show. We see this on the roof when she questions Hase about the 18 grams of sugar used in the eggs.
Hase and Kaori have suffered their share of setbacks at various points, but this time things are different. I think it’s a difference that we, the viewers, may not be quite so privy to (or I’m just dense), but we certainly see it played out in some ways, especially with Kaori reverting to a more reserved personality. Where this will go from here is anybody’s guess, but with the series winding down (and the manga still running), the question must be asked as to whether or not the ending will feel complete.
A Christian Perspective:
Well, the theme of unconditional love may be one to be explored here. After all, Hase certainly continues to pursue Kaori and maintain his promise no matter what setbacks hit him. Now, true, we can question Hase’s motives and whether his pursuit of Kaori is unconditional, although what does he hope to gain out of it? Sure, we can pretty much tell he loves Kaori, but was his initial approach to her a sly attempt to go out with her? Or was he simply looking to be her friend, as he himself stated? I suppose we may never know. Regardless, it would be impossible to claim that Hase doesn’t care about Kaori; after all, he is putting himself through quite a lot just to stay near her and have her as his friend. How many of us can say the same? I’m sure we’ve all turned our backs on a friend or family member who could have really used us. Maybe in the future we can remember Hase and what he was willing to go through just to maintain a relationship with Kaori Fujimiya.
Alcohol/Drug Use: None
Violence: A character is punched in the head (more playful th an anything)