Orange finally challenged the supremacy of “we have to save Kakeru at all costs” this week, which was an incredibly welcome change of pace. It was great to see Suwa’s friends articulate all the ways his mission of self-sacrifice wasn’t necessarily the right call, even if he ultimately couldn’t deny his fundamentally charitable nature. Kakeru doesn’t necessarily need a cute girlfriend – he needs a support group who are willing to accommodate his needs and assure him they’ll be there for him, but also give him space to sort out his difficult feelings. As easy as it is to assume romantic melodrama is the solution to everything, sometimes there are other options!
You can check out my full review over at ANN.