Hello and welcome back to my weekly analysis of Kiznaiver! This week provided a new (and very heartbreaking) view of Honoka.
This episode does an excellent job in capturing Honoka’s pain, while also developing the cast around her. Maki is not only used as plot device, but is also used as a character development device. First off, I want to talk about how Maki’s presence effects the other members on the cast
As seen above, she allows Tenga to show off his skill of analyzing other people. Tenga is one of my favorite types of characters: sensitive to others, but also protective of himself as well as others. We see Tenga save himself the possible conflict and discomfort when he starts to talk about his own feelings, but then stops when he realized it would be a sidestep from the topic of Maki. In doing so, Tenga redirects the conversation to Maki as opposed to himself, which is an act of self-preservation. Tenga is, perhaps, able to understand others more than the average person, but he struggles when it comes to people understanding him.
Nico’s character follows a similar pattern, but she acts a bit differently than Tenga. Nico is fairly similar to Honoka, in that both possess and air of loneliness in their being. Nico, however, is much more different than Honoka in that she tries to help herself not by coving up, but by reaching out. We see this as Nico tends to connect to people who are more of an open book with their emotions or intentions, like Hisomu and Tenga, as opposed to Katsu.
Finally, Honoka shares a pretty large connection to Yuta, as he is the most aggressive when pursuing her company. I talked a bit about the relationship between the two previously, but there is always more to add. Yuta shows this time around that he in fact does care quite a bit for Honoka. Of course the most significant moment of his feelings are shown above, when he is obviously hurt by Honoka’s brash statement. Yuta also shows his feelings for her when he ditches his friends to chase her down, and does the research about Charles Macking-san (or whatever the name is). Most of all, Yuta feels the need to connect with her more so than other people. Perhaps there is an element of physical attraction in this, but not entirely. For example, you never see Yuta hanging out alone with Nico, Chidori, or Katsu, only with Honoka. This makes it seem like Yuta is most comfortable around Honoka.
Moving on to the next topic: Honoka’s agony. The beginning of the episode precursors the disaster of her friend’s death as something that she did not want to happen. We also recall that in episode two Honoka claims to have killed someone. The obvious connection to be made here is that Honoka feels that she killed her best friend. There are couple of possibilities for this feeling, as follows. The first case scenario surrounds an emotional accident that Honoka was responsible for. Example: Honoka accidentally claims that she is tired of the movie, and her friend was hurt by that statement and decided to kill herself.
The next scenario is far more realistic, given what we know about her friend’s personality. Her friend threatens to kill herself early on this episode, asking Honoka if she “wants to be free [of her]?” This implies that her friend is a coward, as she is making excuses to kill herself based on a conceived notion that she is impairing Honoka in some way. Why coward? Well I would suspect that Honoka’s friend wants to kill herself already, but has no legitimate reason to do so (she simply is unable to love/hates herself). This leads her to use helping out Honoka as a disguise for her own desire to die. Honoka does not realize this, and so she blames herself for the incident. All in all, Honoka hates herself/is insecure because she believes that her actions have killed her friend, even though the haven’t.
All in all, this proved to be a pretty good episode, with exception to the super emotional panning scenes. I look forward to next time and happy anime hunting!