Alicia is so cute, no matter whether she’s older or younger. She just has that quality in her that makes her just so angelic. Maybe it is that smile or simply her character that embodies that feeling in us. Aria really brings out the best in the character called Alicia. A pity she does not have green hair. Lol, but I guess that is also a reason why we have so many Alicia fanboys out there.
Finally back to Aria after rotation of series (have been crashing eyeshield 21 from episode 1-48, H & C first season and the likes). This episode is back to Akari and Alicia, where Akari was being the tourist guide, with Alicia as supervisor. There is a little bit of humor but the message this episode was very interesting. I will cover that and talk about my little experiences with the message that I gathered in this episode.
Episode summary + thoughts coming right up!
As Akari finally picked up her first customer today, with Alicia on board as an instructor, she seemed to do quite well. She went around the waterways that she was traveling often with her customers and was doing a good job of explaining why daisies, the flower that Marco Polo brought back from China, was displayed everywhere in the town. As Akari continued to tell the customers, she was asked to stop, with the customer seeing a garden of flowers.
The customer asked Akari whether it was a garden of sorts, but Akari had never seen it. It was up to Alicia to explain that it was in fact a private residence with the flowers, as it was done by the person staying there to present the beauty to represent the beauty of his wife. Akari was surprised as the customer had not seen the waterway before and yet could pick it out when she travelled in this waterway so many times.
After the customer guide was over, Akari was going around, trying to find more unknown places. It was then that Alice and Aika came over as they joined her to show some of the special places that they know in the area. The first spot was Aika as she brought them to a tree whose unique shape meant that there was a beautiful calming sound when the wind passed through. Aika could not explain the reason though, and Alice said that it was how the shape of the tree acted like a whistle to the wind.
It was Alice’s turn as she brought them to a blue wall that belonged to a place called the House of despair. It was so called because the blue wall reflected the depression of the owner who lived in this place. However, Alice did not notice that there was a red tile that was bright Aika said that it was also to represent how the owner had a passionate heart and laughed at Alice for not knowing such a famous fact. With that, they started to bring Akari around, dissing each other in a competition of unknown places.
As they came to a rest, they met Alicia. As Akari was mentioning that she wanted to search more, the three said that they could continue the search after dinner. However, Alicia said that it was going to be hard to do it today because there would be a power outage for the night, meaning that everywhere would be pitch dark. Akari and Alicia were back at Aria company and after several questioning, Akari finally mentioned that she was scared of pitch dark areas and she was unable to fall asleep.
It was night time and the power failure had appeared. Akari was worried sick as she sat down with Aria, only to notice that there was a shadow that passed by the window. As the door opened, she was already in a panic until she realised that the shadow (ghost) was in fact Alicia who had came over to pay her a visit in the night. She had brought candles along as she lined them around and lit up the whole place. They both felt that they were like in a different world completely.
Alicia then went for a bath, followed by Akari as she noticed that the candles were also in the bathroom, like flames floating in the water. Alicia then prepared a tea party for the two of them, as she had various fusion of drinks to meet the ambience of the different environment. A long talk resumed about the significance of candles and how the world looked different in different times.
Akari and Alice went up the bedroom and noticed that there was light in the bedroom. The stars have lit up the sky as there was a complete blackout. They slept under the soft light of the stars, enjoying the view that was special to the both of them.
What a strong message. In the episode, two messages came forth. One was the story about the flame, and using candles as an analogy. The flame of a candle was weak but it was enduring and never failed in its leisurely pace. It was a clear symbolisation of the spirit in which of us. Sometimes, we have so many burdens that we lose the thing that is in us: that warm, little flame in us to enjoy every single thing that was presented to us.
There are so many times that we often see the obvious, but never see the subtle things. It was like how Alicia first saw only the fallen flowers as it had just rained but not the significance and beauty of it as well. Everything can be a good thing, as long as we keep that warm flame (positivism) alive.
The second thing was the line by Alicia once again.
“Depending on the flow of time, things can look different…”
Isn’t it so true? Things that are seen in daybreak look completely different in the dark. Things that appeared once, according to your heart, the time and the feelings in you will appear totally different the next time you see it. The thing is, we can often see things that were the same yet different in our eyes. Let us open our hearts, just like how akari and Alicia did, in order to see a whole new world in our eyes.
Beautiful episode and soothing. Time to watch another aria later =/