As soon as episode 6 of Summer Time Render ended, I think we had a starting point where things started to happen.
It was on a certain day 14 years ago on the island. Something must have happened that makes Alan, a father, seem quite familiar with what is happening when his daughter dies. And that mystery includes Nagumo aka Hizuru. She even mentioned the name Haine, the same name she mentioned in the previous episode. Looks like Hizuru plays a bigger role than I thought.
Episode 6 Summer Time Render is a very Hizuru-focused episode where we finally get to see things from her perspective from the moment she left the ferry. We have a bit of a story about Hizuru, such as she grew up on the island and also had a connection with Ushio while at the cafe. The whole island did the same, keeping an eye on Ushio and Mio while Alan was busy working in the kitchen.
The episode lets viewers see those little details in their daily lives and makes viewers really want to know how much the local townspeople really love and care for Ushio and Mio. We see Hizuru going to the funeral home and she meets Alan. She mentions that Ushio has a choker on his neck, which Hizuru criticizes that there hasn’t been a proper police investigation into this. There are a lot of strange things going on here and it seems Hizuru already knew what was going on. There is something that attracts attention.
First of all, it’s sad that Hizuru’s friend in the flashback is Shiori’s mother. Witness the Shadow identity that has taken over your identity, such as Hizuru unable to step into Asako’s shadow and the ant walking in the Kobayakawa family’s shadow. I love visual effects and it makes them a lot easier to identify. The sad thing is that we find out that Shiori’s parents are long gone and with the time loop just beginning, it’s too late to save them.
From Hizuru and Nezu’s theory of the events that happened, Shiori actually drowned from being attacked underwater by a Shadow. It kills Shiori and pretends to drown, where it will be saved by Mio and Ushio will die. Shadow Shiori then kills his parents and turns them into Shadows, so it’s impossible to try to save them if that was done long ago. It was sad, especially seeing Hizuru’s reaction. She’s a pretty outspoken and outspoken person and she’s practically going on whatever mission she takes on against the Shadows, but knowing the truth about her childhood friend is still overwhelming. same pain. It also makes me quite sad to know that no matter how hard they try, no matter what, innocent people will have to die.
Finally, Shinpei met Hizuru after deciphering the code from one of her books. Thankfully they were able to meet and next time we might understand some important stuff about time travel. Shinpei was on guard as perfectly as he could, but also did things a little differently like asking some people about Shadow and asking about Hizuru, where he got the code from Alan. Come to think of it, I thought Alan was going to die but Hizuru hit the Shadow with a sledgehammer while Alan was actually in the bathroom next door which made her both cool and funny.
Now, one thing that stood out to me in this episode 6 of Summer Time Render was when Hizuru asked where Ushio’s body was made up. Alan said it was done by a nurse at the Hishigata clinic. Now, Hishigata is Sou and Tokiko’s last name. We already know that Sou’s father is a doctor. Is it a coincidence that they are the ones who do the dead body makeup? Perhaps because it is a small town on a small island, the Hishigata clinic is probably the largest, or only, clinic on the island. It would also explain why Sou knows that Ushio has marks on her neck.
One thing in the previous volume was Tokiko’s last words before he died, which was something like: “I don’t intend to get my hands dirty because of this”. Kind of! That alone made me really question what connection the Toki family had with Ball. The fact that Toki’s family were the ones who knew about the scratches on Ushio’s body and didn’t report it to the police or just tried to hide it made things all the more suspicious. Covering the marks with make-up I can understand as wanting to hide any flaws on Ushio’s body from the family since it was an open coffin funeral and it was customary anyway.
However, the Hishigata family is reconnected. I won’t be satisfied unless the family is confirmed to be related in some way, but it may be a while until we find out. Maybe it wouldn’t feel so bad to be suspicious of Sou and Toki in the first place. Although seeing Sou die like that again was quite sad.
Episode 6 Summer Time Render is still an episode with many good details, continuing to build suspense and attraction. A welcome change to having most of the time spent with Hizuru. But wait and see how this time loop plays out in the upcoming episodes.
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