Review: Orange, Episode 2: LETTER 02

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Review:

The story of Orange continues with a cool new dichotomy where the narrative flips between the present, where heroine Naho is working to alleviate the regrets of her older self, and the future, where the elder Naho and friends are having a reunion and visiting Kakeru’s grave. In the present, Naho struggles with small but personal obstacles, such as abiding by the wishes of her letter from the future to make Kakeru a home-cooked meal and other little things. Kakeru is convinced to play and subsequently join the school soccer team, further involving him in their lives.
Right when we start to believe the tone of the narrative is going to stay consistently peppy and without threat of conflict greater than dealing with mild-mannered self-doubt, we learn the reason Kakeru missed a couple weeks of school at the beginning of the spring was because his mother had killed herself. Using this as a catalyst for action, Naho overcomes her fear to give Kakeru the home-cooked meal. In addition, her letter for the next day outlines that Kakeru died in a preventable accident and now present-Naho is determined to make sure Kakeru lives.

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Christian Perspective:

2 Corinthians 1: 3-4 – Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.
Just as Naho does her best to console and comfort Kakeru after learning of his mother’s suicide, we as followers of Christ must similarly be ready to help others. Naho was reluctant because she was afraid of how Kakeru would perceive her, but realized that making sure Naho knew he wasn’t alone in his sadness was more important than her own hesitation and self-consciousness. We must emulate Christ in that we should make ourselves available to others in times of trouble. Even if they don’t end up taking our offers for help, we never know how much just being open to somebody could help them turn things around.

Content Guide:

Spiritual Content: No spiritual content, negative or otherwise.
Violence: We learn through dialogue that Kakeru’s mother committed suicide. We are given no motive for this or means of how it was accomplished.
Language/Crude Humor: No swearing.
Sexual Content: No sexual content.
Drug/Alcohol Use: No drug content.
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Cooper D Barham

Aspiring author, marriage and family therapist, and active behavioral health technician, Cooper fills his world with God, music, videogames, anime/manga, drawing, reading, writing, and some physical stuff in between. If you ever want to talk about the big or little things of life, fire him a message. Helping others through tough times is both his passion and way of living. 'Got it memorized?'

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