Not much happened this episode— Maria read her letter to Saki as they relived their childhood, then Saki and Satoru wandered around searching for her and Mamoru. But it was still a powerful episode.
Maria’s letter elegantly explained their reasons for leaving. I didn’t like the insert song— it seemed out of place and a needless interruption. I still think Maria’s wrong that Mamoru is the weakest and can’t live on his own. He is the one who left town by himself so that he could survive.
The search portion of the episode was beautiful. Especially the sunset scene. The animators do some wacky stuff, like that episode which focused on everyone’s crotches, but they really do know how to make things look pretty when they try.
Same with the dream sequence. It looked positively psychedelic. Reminded me of that yellow submarine movie if the submarine visited hell. Is it just me or did the guy with the long hair look sort of like Shuu?
Saki and Satoru also decide that they’ll leave the village if the Board of Education tries to brainwash them again. Based on the fact that the next episode has a twelve year timeskip I don’t think this promise will amount to much.