It’s nice to have an episode that’s almost entirely centered around one character. While Akane has never been more interesting to me than the rest of the main cast, there are still some interesting takeaways from this episode. Akane reminds me of someone in high school who was always popular or got along with people without them realizing it. They have a warm and friendly personality with a hint of innocence that makes you feel great to be considered their friend. That’s one of the more believable aspects of this episode regarding Akane and Kakeru’s relationship. Kakeru is trying to get closer to Akane even though he feels like he’s not the type of person Akane usually hangs out with, which leads to some funny and cute misunderstandings. It’s nice to know that in the end, it’s clear that Akane interacts with people based on how they treat him, and since Kakeru is one of the more formal leads, that means he’ll meet a a little more formal than the others, who act like random kids half the time.
The second most reliable aspect is the whole sleeping situation. I’m not an early riser even though I have a daily job that requires me to get up around six in the morning, so the whole idea of having multiple alarm clocks and even friends to check on you and make sure you out of bed resonate with me deeply. However, I’m not sure what joke they’re making with the alarm clock. Was it the idea that Akane was so awake in the morning that he didn’t realize he’d crawled out of bed and tossed the alarm clock on the ground? I can’t tell if it has a supernatural undertone for the sake of humor or if it’s something the characters are seriously considering. Even so, it’s good to see Akane getting along with everyone. This is the episode where we get to see more of him than any of the episodes we had in the original. I wish we could have seen him more back then, but better late than never.
Horimiya: The Missing Pieces is currently streaming on Crunchyroll.