The Center Of That Large Circle...
This episode seems to fit perfectly with Akari’s thoughts in the prior episode about how she’ll change over time.
It’s nice to see an encounter between Akari and Akira, two often not seen together, even if only for a moment. Akatsuki and Akira’s interactions nice to see, as well. Likewise Akatsuri’s embarrassment after Akari offers him a part of her lunch. Add in Al (he always seems to sneak in unnoticed, doesn’t he?), and the group is definitely not a common one to the series.
I’d wondered previously if Al had lived most of his life underground, but it’s said now that he’s from Ukijima.
I actually expected a scene with Akari’s childhood from the episodes opening portion, but seeing the guys as children was quite nice. Al had a very nice sweater back then. Seeing the ladies in their youth was nice, too.
Akari, Akatsuki, Al, and Alicia. Athena, Aika, and Alice. The marionette man, the glass maker, Akatsuki’s brother, Woody. Part of it is her position as an Undine, and part of it is her personality. Akari brings people within that circle around her. She needn’t be alone, no matter where she goes, even if she is surrounded by people she’s never met before. That’s one of the things that makes