November 2007


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     This episode starts off with Karen helping Takumi gather supplies from the storeroom, then Otoha gets mad at the maintenance crew because they are cold towards Aisha, and Ryohei tells her that they are uneasy around her, and someone else tells Otoha it’s because Aisha never shows any emotions. While gathering supplies Takumi finds some old fashioned camera film, and when Karen and Takumi return to the group he begins to take picture of everyone, but when it’s Karen’s turn, she runs off without letting him take her picture. All through the day Takumi goes around the ship taking pictures, and he finally catches Karen off guard and gets a picture of her. Later Otoha tries to get Aisha to smile for a picture but she doesn’t see a point to smiling or treasuring past memories. Just as Takumi is getting ready to take a picture of the group on the outside deck, the ship is attacked by the worms. Once in the air the sonic diver units are having a really tough time fighting the flying worm, the worm’s speed is so great that the girls can’t even land one hit on it. Things are going really badly in the fight, the ship is hit many times and the crew is battling the flames, and the girls are losing the air battle. At that moment Aisha makes some sort of mental contact with the worm, affecting it’s behavior, she basically freezes the worm in mid-air allowing the sonic diver units to finish the worm off, after the worm is destroyed Aisha passes out from the effort. After the battle Aisha earns the respect and friendship of crew for her efforts during the fight. Well, that’s all for this episode, below are some screen shots.

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     Well were through twenty episodes of Sky Girls already, and only six more remain, this episode was all about memories, and the preservation of memories. Karen and Takumi got to spend some time alone talking, Takumi is the perfect guy for Karen, he’s easy going and relaxed, the kind of guy who will wait in Karen’s case for about five years for their first kiss. This episode also features Aisha’s integration into the crew, before this combat mission most of the crew was very weary of her due to her lack of emotions, but after Aisha’s role in defeating the worms is spread throughout the ship they finally consider her part of the “family”.

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     This episode continues the Mako-chan storyline as he/she has dinner again at the Minami household, and Kana gets enjoyment out of the fact that she started Makoto on his journey of cross-dressing. Kana wants to continue her mission of transforming people, at school she thinks that if she could wear Keiko’s glasses it will make her look more intelligent, and seeing wearing glasses is just too funny. Then back at home Kana decides to give self-defense lessons to Chiaki’s friends, we see that her stupidity knows no bounds, but some of the girls are stupid enough to fall for it. when Kana is in the school library she runs into Fujioka and they talk for a while, then they meet two 3rd year girls, one of whom is the “official banchou” her name is Yu, but Kana thinks that Fujioka should battle her for the title banchou. The issue is settled by a game of rock, paper, and scissors, with the girl throwing the match to Fujioka. Then Kana finds out from the two 3rd year girls that there are many legends surrounding Haruka while she was in middle school and that Haruka was the original banchou, then Kana gets one of the girls to write down all of Haruka’s legends in a notebook. Later that evening at home Kana makes a reference to one of the incidents listed in the notebook drawing a shocked response from Haruka, later we get to see Haruka’s memory of the incident. Well that’s all for this episode, below are some screen shots.

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     Well, Minami-ke episode 7 continues with the Makoto/Mako-chan cross-dressing storyline, what I find interesting is that he/she is now buying more girl clothes on his own, I know that it was his attraction to Haruka that caused his initial cross-dressing but now is it his continued attraction to Haruka or has Kana forced him to get in touch with his inner girl? Speaking of Kana, she is a good natured, caring girl at heart, but she has got to be one of the dumbest girls I seen recently in anime, I mean we see girls in anime that can be pretty clueless but Kana is a real rock. While most of the previous episodes were centered around Kana and Chiaki and their friends and the situations revolving around their school relationships, in these episodes Haruka is usually the voice of calm and reason and the stability in the household. While Haruka gets a lot of screen time we really don’t get to know any of her history or what makes her tick. So, I was really pleased seeing a episode featuring her background from junior high school, long live banchou Haruka Minami.

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     This episode begins with Nagisa, Fuko, and Tomoya siting around a table and Nagisa tells Fuko that the day of her sister’s wedding is approaching and permission has be granted for it to take place at the school, Tomoya is uneasy about this news. In the school hallway Fuko, Nagisa, and Tomoya continue to try and hand out the starfish, but nobody seems to notice/see Fuko, Even when Tomoyo is shown a starfish by Tomoya she can remember the gift, but she doesn’t notice Fuko. While Tomoya still remembers the starfish other students can’t recall it even when they are shown one, Fuko runs off in sadness, and Nagisa asks Tomoya whats happening? Tomoya tells her that he thinks her existence is in danger because her condition is getting worst. At Nagisa’s house everyone continues to help carve starfish, later that night Nagisa breaks down in tears over her worry for Fuko and Tomoya comforts her. When Tomoya visits Youhei’s place he is told by Youhei that he did some research on Fuko and he believes that she is a fake Fuko or something else, and he wants to go to the hospital to look at Fuko’s face, Tomoya is worried that if Youhei sees her face he’ll forget her too.

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     The next day at school Youhei can’t remember Fuko after visiting the hospital, and almost no students remembers Fuko either. Later on Youhei mentions Fuko’s name out of the blue, and Tomoya tries to get him to remember her, he struggles with his memory but he can’t remember her but he does remember a feeling, Tomoya says he tried hard enough so there is some hope. On their way home from school Nagisa and Tomoya buy Fuko a present in honor of her sisters wedding, and when they get to Nagisa’s house her father is in pain trying to remember Fuko but he can’t see her, and Nagisa’s mother tries to pretend that she still can see Fuko but she breaks down in tears saying that she went to the hospital to visit her and once she saw her she can no longer see Fuko but she knows she still should. Tomoya and Nagisa go with Fuko to spend the night with her at the school, and that’s where the episode ends. Below are some screen shots.

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     Well, the dream that was Fuko is slowly starting fade from the present, Fuko’s memory is fading from people in reverse order, people who new her in passing are losing her first, and the ones who care for her are also forgetting her but more slowly. Nagisa fears that she’ll forget her too, but Tomoya tells her that since she loves her so much it won’t happen, I don’t think that Tomoya really believes that to be true, Tomoya even expressed the fear that he’ll even forget her too. Tomoya tells Nagisa that he thinks this is being caused by Fuko’s worsting condition in the hospital, but I think he’s wrong, very wrong. What I believe is happening is that Fuko’s gentle lonely spirit reached out and touched Nagisa and Tomoya, and in their love and kindness to her set in motion the fulfillment of Fuko’s dream. Fuko’s who in reality is lying in a hospital bed in a coma is only sustaining her life force/spirit by sheer force of will, and that will has only one goal seeing her sister become happy, as Fuko comes to understand that the dream is almost reality she’s slowly letting go, the long struggle is almost over, her body/spirit can finally relax and be at peace. While her departure is very gentle to people who only casually knew her, it is very painful to people who really cared for and loved her you just can’t rip out a piece of someones heart and not expect it to hurt. I’m almost at the point where I feel that there might not be final salvation for Fuko like there was for Ayu at the end of Kanon.  

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