The main theme this episode seemed to surround misunderstandings with both of the short stories in this episode highlighted a character that misunderstood the situation and acted out of impulse believing their actions would somehow help. However… one certainly got the better end of the stick than the other because of course they did.
or may have skimmed over that information, so it was interesting to learn that information.
True to his name, George is an incredibly gloomy looking kid who seems to have a permanent frown on his face. Not only that, but he turns out to be incredibly manipulative, both consciously and unconsciously. He ends up pretending to be victimized by Damian in an attempt to get him expelled by making it seem like he got punched. And not gonna lie, but the self punch and throwing himself to the ground just didn’t have the same impact as it did in the manga. Though it was still very overly dramatic. And once he tells the other students about his situation and that he will most likely have to leave school, he acts all sad and downtrodden so they’ll end up taking pity on him and allow him to get the things he wanted to experience once during school. While the latter situations seemed unconsciously manipulative on his part as he really did think he was going to end up being sold into slavery, I was still a bit incredulous towards him.
Turns out that the Desmond group ended up saving them from a financial crisis and more or less just ended up with new management and would be under a different name. Which meant George had to do the walk of shame back into school despite having all the theatrics of leaving. The second hand embarrassment was strong in that moment. Especially when everyone demanded he return all of their things since he’s still there. I think the only thing that kept me sane during that part was Anya just not buying the entire thing and just watched everything unfold with little emotion. Even just giving him a leaf she found on the side of the road when everyone was giving him things to remember them by. I hardly could feel sorry for him since he literally brought it upon himself and boy did he make himself out to be quite the clown by the end.
After much shenanigans during her trip to find Anya (even revisiting the cow that went on a rampage during the test), I admit I really liked the scene of Yor just barely missing Anya, but Anya heard her thoughts and was trying to look for her. I like that they essentially inverted the trope of just barely missing each other with Anya hearing Yor’s thoughts and followed after them until they found each other. I also really loved the little detail of the sparkles around Anya’s head, indicating that she was reading Yor’s mind. It made the moment really cute to me.
This was… an episode. I don’t really have much feelings for this episode besides the severe second hand embarrassment on George’s behalf. Though I suppose it was interesting how both situations came about with good intentions in mind, but ended up being a waste of time and efforts. At least Yor ended up getting to have lunch with Loid so her time wasn’t a complete waste as opposed to what happened with George. I guess the moral of this episode was not to jump to conclusions and act impulsively until you get all of the information?