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I wouldn’t have believed it if you had told me at the start of the series, but this show managed to give a reasonable explanation for Kaede’s heavily archetypal brocon behavior. That’s…oddly impressive, but it goes back to why I enjoy watching this show so much. I definitely wasn’t expecting a situation where multiple personalities were vying for survival. This episode made me feel so bad for the post-amnesia Kaede that I want both Kaedes to somehow survive in the end.
This episode got way more heavy than I was expecting. That being said, I do like the idea of Sakuta seeing the post-amnesia Kaede as a completely different person. It makes sense to me that he would focus so much on how Kaede became different after losing her memories, but I’m also curious. Usually, motor functions are retained in amnesia cases (like using chopsticks). It’s interesting that an entirely new personality surfaces for Kaede.
I’ve seen the theory floating around that Sakuta is actually the one with Puberty Syndrome, or he’s at least somehow responsible for bringing it out in the people close to him. This episode seemed to make a strong case for that. I know that we were seeing the memories from Sakuta’s perspective, but it definitely felt strange for Kaede’s condition to inflict physical harm on him. Given his link with the other characters in this series, it would make more sense that he caused it for himself.
One thing I didn’t truly understand in this episode was whether Kaede was actually able to notice that her former self’s memories were returning. It sounded like she knew her time was limited, but it seemed like a negative reaction to hearing this conversation between Sakuta and Mai. Could she actually feel her old memories taking over again?
It was cool to see how everyone was acting extremely patient with Kaede. It definitely feels like the right way to approach this kind of scenario.
A moment of triumph followed by a complete reversal. This show really knows how to tug at the emotions, huh? I especially liked seeing Sakuta’s reaction to the situation, having lived with the other Kaede enough to feel the weight of her loss. I’m looking forward to seeing how this turns out.