Ever wondered why Niina was usually in a bad mood? We found out this episode.
We joined Niina punishing Uta for not only disobeying Mio’s orders but failing to obtain a fragment. Uta relished the pain but Niina was like “Oh forget it. You know what I thought when our hearts connected and I saw your flashback? ‘Meh’. Your backstory is nothing special and neither are you. Our partnership is over. Mio’s the only one who understands me so I’m forming a new pact with her”. Uta took getting dumped well.
Hiori and Ruka make me smile
Hiori: Huzzah! Our hard work paid off!
Ruka: I did most of the work, you know.
Hiori: That you did, ehe.
Ruka: Soft sigh.
Ruka’s the brain and Hiori the heart basically.
They were helping out at the festival but wanted to help Momo and Miyako look for clues on Uta. Momo insisted they enjoy the festival while she handled the investigation. Also there’s a part Hiori briefly looked at a crepes and apple stand. Dunno if that meant anything. Probably will next episode so let’s put it on hold for now.
As the dorm head guided everyone we segued to a surprise flashback. At the midway point we’d learn it’s Niina’s.
We saw a young Niina stare at a wish pamphlet. The store owner encouraged her to write down her wish. Before she could finish her mom rushed over to pick her up and bought a random sweet. The nearly finished wish was for mom to praise her. Basic explanation for their family situation, dad abandoned them, mom suffered from manic depression because of it and took out her frustrations on Niina only to apologize soon after. While mom was at work Niina spent most of her time eating whatever she could find, which seemed to usually be paper, and watch convenient programs on TV that described her situation to a tee, thus how she learned about her mom’s condition.
One day while her mom looked for work a lady came to discuss her late pension payment. Niina answered and the lady noticed her bruise. Later a woman investigating the report of child negligence was pushed away by mom. As she prepared to lash out at Niina again the child was like “You’re sick mom. You can’t help yourself. I don’t blame you”.
Time passed and Niina changed her hair color to match her mom’s. From the looks of it mom became a prostitute. Could be wrong but that’s the impression I got. One day mom arrived with one of her clients, shooing Niina off so she could do her thing. The last thing she heard her mom say was asking the guy for advance payment…
With only her mom’s special suitcase which she called “their home” Niina’s only option was sell herself…As she awaited her fate a girl named “Nozomi” warned her that was Saki’s turf. I assume she’s the head “ho” there. Anyway “Nozomi” invited Niina to her apartment. When asked why she’s so kind to her “Nozomi” was like “Do I need a reason?”.
One day after “Nozomi” left for work Niina checked out the magazine rack. A book fell out. It was the Works of Byron, a collection of poems by Lord George Gordon (G.G.) Byron. This book would play a pivotal role in her life going forward.
When asked about the book “Nozomi” said it may have belonged to the previous tenant. She wouldn’t say any more. Niina was then asked about her suitcase which she said it was her “home” but couldn’t open it. The two laughed because neither went into detail.
They became close. I may have read too closely but I do believe Niina began developing “more than friends” feelings for “Nozomi”.
Unfortunately she would soon be denied happiness when one day another girl named “Nozomi” arrived hours after “Her Nozomi” left for work. When “Nozomi” 2 mentioned something bad may have happened to “Nozomi” 1 because she upset Saki Niina recalled what she said about a past tenant and rushed off to get revenge.
Before Niina could attack Saki she was hugged by Mio who answered her call. Supposedly one of Lord Byron’s poems. The one in the intro of this episode. Back in the present we joined Shino asking Uta if she’s okay with Niina forming a new pact with Mio. Uta repeated her universal truth but we could tell part of her yearned her still. Apparently the ritual “wave” was so strong it reached Momo who fully remembered what happened in the prologue and it shook her to the core. We may learn more next time. I have a feeling the time has come for a major confrontation.
Good stuff. Heavy but quite good.