The moment we’ve finally been waiting for comes as we not only see Otonashi’s past but the first way an SSSS member died. But before we begin probing through Otonashi’s mind, I would like to take the opportunity to say: I WAS RIGHT! I knew that Ayato Naoi would join the SSS, what did I say? Anyways, it’s still a bit surprising that he chose to wear his original badass costume throughout his membership and the scene where he was hypnotizing Hinata to thinking that he was worth less than a clothes hanger was pretty funny to say the least, although now that I think about it, the clothes hanger… does… indeed… have more…. worth than me… (runs away and starts to bang head on wall). Speaking of walls, the room Yuri takes him to looks awfully a lot like the SOS-dan club room, or is it just me?
Otonashi’s troubled past deals around the aspect of his sick sister. She’s cute, but it’s so sad to see a girl like her in the hospital, although the sadness has lost its effect after watching Clannad and Clannad ~After Story~. Otanashi has a differnt look with long hair covering one side of his face, and he’s emo – he doesn’t know what the point of living is, but he finally realizes after his sister dies on Christmas while he sneaks her out to see the festivity. That line was pretty creep after she says “Thank you” when Otonashi said “And for the rest of the night, I walked around talking to myself.” Just when he gets hope to live, his subway derails. And we can assume he dies instantly.
The second half of the episode finishes with Angel (Kanade) participating with the SSS members in fishing around the lake. While Otonashi is dellusioning crazy dragons that will emerge, Yuri points out that they’re only fishing for 1) fun and 2) food. Angel (Kanade) does end up catching and cooly dicing a giant mutant fish which leaves the SSS with a lot of food for a while, until Yuri comes into the scene, beaten up and bleading. While she claims that Angel was the one who beat the shit out of her, Otonashi points out that Angel (Kanade) was here the whole time, only to be interrupted by an Angel clone (with red eyes).
On the side note, I liked how the episode didn’t really focus on Angel til the later half of the episode. Otonashi’s past was worth looking into but I’ll be expecting more of his past to help develop his character, even though we did have that coffee on the roof scene. I knew Kanade couldn’t be the bad guy, but it’s time for theories as the second Angel pops up. My first theory is that there were always two – one was just the student who did her jobs (Kanade) while the other one was actually the one who started to attack the SSS during the operation Tornadoes and the attack on Guild. But then again, the eyes from the first two episodes show that they are yellow, signifying that the Angel is Kanade. And my other theory is that Kanade had a personality change and this caused herself to split into the kind, amiable version and another kill-SSS members and follow-duty-as-Angel version. The red-eyes one was an interesting appearance, but I expect Angel (Kanade) to fight off Angel (red-eyes) to protect her new-found friends. But then again, if that was the case, how is the other half of the series going to take place?