Conspiracy-wise, I think this was the episode where the gloves finally came off.
Riki has become truly aware of. We've had many episodes where the conspiracy was part of the equation, obviously more and more as the show progressed, but I think this was the first time it was basically the entire episode. The character drama was a secondary player - even Anego's - and the humor basically non-existent.
especially Riki) to continue that she effectively wished all of them into a single, repeating day. Beyond the obvious question of how the hell someone could do that, you have to ask: is Kuragaya responsible for the entire "secret of this world"? Or, as I expect, is she simply aware of it in a way Riki (and we) aren't, and allowed her emotions to exploit it in a way she knew was wrong?
Kyousuke by himself, separate from everyone else. It's in the OP and ED, and it's in the episodes themselves, and I'd bet dollars to doughnuts that he's the one at the center of everything. Even in the more carefree moments in the first season there were strong hints that he was the "other" in this cast, the one that was pulling the strings. The how and the why is the mystery of the story more than that fact itself, but again I sense that emotions are the key to everything. Riki speaks this week of the ibasho - "the place where I belong" - and Kuragaya picks up on it. In this context it's not so much a physical location as a spiritual one - at the side of the other Little Busters. The desire to be in that space is very strong, for Riki and for the others (Anego being the key example in this instance).
While I don't know enough about The Secret to say for sure, it wouldn't surprise me if it's metaphorically tied in to the inevitable loss that the end of childhood brings for all of us... Childhood is impermanent - it's been at the heart of stories and fables since man first began to tell them - and adulthood brings with it pains and sorrows which children cannot possibly understand. All one can do is enjoy the days of youth as much as possible, and create as many memories as you can to sustain you through the long days of your life.never smiled or cried as a child should. What the Little Busters gave her was no less than the childhood she never had in the first place - and who would more strongly wish to delay the end of childhood than someone like that?
freed from her recurring dream, and that he must promise to "take care of Rin". Whether this was a final goodbye for Kuragaya as a character remains to be seen, but clearly we're at long last going to see how Rin fits into the larger picture. She's been always at Riki's side, but her role in the story has been something of a mystery - the one element that obviously ties Riki and Rin together is of course Kyousuke. How those ties are connected to the secret of this world - and in what way the five core members of the Little Busters are different from the rest of the cast - seem to me the critical questions as the secret is slowly uncovered.
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OP2: "Song for Friends" by Rita