Subaru has agreed to attend an autograph event, meaning that he has to leave Haru at home for a long stretch of time. While Haru eventually has a meltdown over Subaru being gone for so long, Subaru has to try to avoid having a meltdown of his own due to his intense social anxiety.
The autograph event has a slight rocky start, but Subaru eventually begins to get a bit more comfortable with interacting with his fans after he sees the joy his books bring to people. Towards the end of the event, Okami unexpectedly drops by, and she is surprised to see that Subaru is actually the author of her and her brother’s favorite book. Although Subaru fears that Okami might take offense at him “hiding” his identity from her initially, Okami harbors no hard feelings.
When Subaru gets home later that night, he’s horrified to find out that Haru trashed his room while he was away, but is glad that Haru is safe and sound. Haru, meanwhile, is still too prideful to admit that she actually really treasures Subaru’s company.
I rather liked this episode, because we get to see both Subaru and Haru “pushed” slightly past the boundaries they are comfortable with. Subaru is forced to face his fear of people, while Haru has to deal with the emotional turmoil she feels when separated from Subaru for lengthy periods of time. They both don’t deal very well with their respective situations, but at least Subaru seems to be making some slight progress towards being less socially isolated. And as for Haru… it’s hard to say if she really “improved” in any way (lol).
We unexpectedly start from Haru’s perspective in this episode, before switching over to Subaru’s perspective, and then back to Haru. I’m actually surprised that Haru didn’t understand the concept of loneliness before meeting Subaru, as I thought she had an idea of what it was after being separated from all of her siblings (before meeting Subaru). But I suppose she was so focused on surviving as a stray that she didn’t have the luxury of feeling sad over not having someone nearby. It’s also hilarious that she dealt with her “muddled feelings” by essentially destroying Subaru’s house. I guess that’s one way to deal with your problems.
As I was watching the episode, I predicted that Okami would finally find out that Subaru is her favorite author at the autograph event–and I was right. I’m really glad to see Okami appear in an episode again; but more than that I’m glad that the series isn’t dragging out Subaru’s “hidden identity” plotline out too long. Okami is such a kind and considerate lady, and this side of her personality really shows through during the autograph event scene. Now that Okami knows who Subaru really is, I’m sure their friendship will continue to deepen.
Both Subaru and Haru got such a good dose of character development in this episode that there’s not much about this episode that I can critique. I will say that Taro (the dog next door) has a really weird voice that I feel is kind of unnerving, but that’s really more of a personal opinion.
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