At last, we have come to the end of Orange. Throughout the story, we have been wondering whether it is, in fact, possible for Kakeru to make it out alive. With the danger that everything might turn out worse than before, only the ending could prove whether or not the letters could save anyone.
As the final episode draws near, the mysteries of the past and future are slowly coming to light. After the recent disastrous shrine visit, Naho theorized that perhaps the reason Kakeru took his life was because of their argument. At the time, it seemed very likely. But now we finally discover the truth about Kakeru,… Read More Orange Episode 12: The Truth
It’s been a while since Naho had this much difficulty fulfilling the letters’ advice. Her friends came alongside her, so her tasks have been a lot easier. Her worries haven’t been as much of a focus now that she knows she’s not alone. With their help, she has experienced a great deal more success, too,… Read More Orange Episode 11: Change Comes Slowly
Up until recently, Naho was the main executor of all every plan to save Kakeru, despite being one of the least decisive characters. But now that all her other friends have banded together, it gives them an opportunity to manipulate events without either Kakeru or Naho’s knowledge, leading to some interesting results.
Naho is a fairly straightforward person. She’s followed the letter faithfully, with as much courage as she could muster, and with reasonable success. The faults that have gotten her into trouble have mostly been overthinking everything, isolating herself, and her reserved personality. But while it may not stop her from saving Kakeru, there’s another thing… Read More Orange Episode 8: A Better Way
It’s difficult to be both sensitive and direct. In Naho’s case so far, she’s usually been one of either. She’s young and naïve, and although she never wants to hurt anyone, she can still speak carelessly. She’s especially oblivious to times when saying nothing is the most hurtful thing of all. Although she’s changed, she… Read More Orange Episode 7: What Needs To Be Said
We’ve reached the halfway mark of Orange, and it’s easy to see that though it employs many standard romance tropes, the story is very solid and well told. But this episode has left such an impact on the first half, it has overturned all of my assumptions regarding how much ingenuity the story contained. After the… Read More Orange Episode 6: All This Time
Orange has thus far been a sad but sweet anime with a fairly simple plot, and I assumed the most complicated aspect, time travel, would be left untouched. Instead, the effects of the letter have been well used and explored, and in this episode, the possibilities of time travel mechanics were finally discussed. I was… Read More Orange Episode 5: Would You Rather
At this point in Orange, we’ve seen a number of times when events occur differently from those described in Naho’s letter. In this episode, Naho repeatedly flees from Kakeru, her feelings a mess of discouragement and fear after failing to follow the letter. She very nearly gave up completely, in which case nothing would have… Read More Orange Episode 4: The Future Is Changing