God, this episode, Anon was the most annoying she’s ever been.
The episode kicks off with the band members in a state of surprise at Raana Kaname’s sudden appearance. Anon questions if anyone had invited Kaname to their session, only to see nobody did. Despite this, Kaname showcases her musical prowess by effortlessly taking at glance at Taki’s sheet music and playing it on her guitar. This unexpected display leaves the band in awe.
Later, at RiNG’s Cafe, Kaname candidly shares her desire to be a part of their band, finding the dynamics of other bands monotonous. She singles out Tomori as an especially intriguing member. Feeling overwhelmed by the situation, Anon abruptly leaves the cafe, with Kaname making her exit soon after.
Back at her home, Anon grapples with her insecurities. She fears that Kaname’s inclusion might push her to the sidelines. The narrative then shifts to a bridge where Tomori and Taki share a heartfelt conversation. Taki expresses how much she missed playing in a band with Tomori. It’s actually a little weird how protective she is of Tomori, it seems as though Taki has some unresolved feelings for her.
Meanwhile, Anon struggles with her guitar skills, attempting to play chords she found online. Frustrated, she turns to Tomori the next day, hoping for a song with simpler chords. However, Tomori, primarily a lyricist, is unable to help.
A new opportunity arises when Taki learns of a vacant slot for a live performance. The band, with the exception of Kaname, gathers to discuss this potential gig. Anon’s indecisiveness becomes a focal point, as she oscillates between various concerns, from Kaname’s potential role in the band to their readiness for a live show at “Afterglow.” Tomori’s hesitance to perform live is rooted in her traumatic experience with CryChic’s disbandment after their first live show.
In a late-night conversation, Taki and Soyo weigh their options. Taki is resolute about performing live, emphasizing the significance of their song and camaraderie.
A crucial meeting at a different cafe sees the band members confronting their future aspirations. Tensions rise as Taki confronts Anon, accusing her of hiding behind Tomori’s feelings to mask her own insecurities, especially her lack of guitar proficiency. An emotional Anon leaves the cafe, with Tomori following her.
An unexpected twist reveals Anon’s past in England when she bumps into former schoolmates. They question her sudden return to Japan, suggesting a pattern of running away from challenges. Anon panics and drops to her knees before Tomori rushes to her side and pulls her away from the awkward situation.
In a bid to comfort Anon, Tomori takes her to an aquarium. Anon confesses to Tomori about her academic struggles in England, revealing her inability to cope with the English curriculum, leading to her premature return to Japan. Here, Tomori emphasizes the importance of “moving forward”, even if you aren’t sure where you’ll end up. This shows us that the only thing stopping Anon from moving forward is herself. She encourages Anon to persevere, assuring her that moving forward is the key.
The episode concludes with a united front. Anon and Tomori, having addressed their fears, return to Soyo and Taki, confirming their participation in the upcoming concert.
Opinions / Analysis
I get that Anon has some deep-rooted issues, and I’m glad that honestly her issue is realistic. I mean, who among us has not started projects and then abandoned them halfway? Or run away from a difficult situation?
It’s just. Holy crap, Anon is insufferable.
She wants to be the lead vocalist and guitar player. She wants to be in student council. She wants to be the focus of attention. She wants to be the final say on what days they practice (in this episode, she spoke negatively about Taki choosing rehearsal dates and renting a room). She wants to deny Kaname entry to the band. AND THEN SHE USES TOMORI AS A MEANS TO FORCE THEM TO NOT PERFORM?! Stop using her like that, jesus christ.
She annoys me so much. Her VA isn’t great, but at least it’s not as horrible as Soyo’s.