Quick Ayano Recap
Since it looks that in the next chapter we’ll have a Snake of Clearing Eyes (Kurobiya) / Ayano confrontation, I wanted to do, as it’s stated in the title, quick Ayano recap. Althogh it won’t be a recap of what she’s been doing up to now, but rather of
what she’s been doing
that we didn’t see (it’ll make sense later in the post). I mostly just want to point out/remind some things and occasionally ask some questions.
The first time Ayano is mentioned in the new route (except for Shintaro’s dream) is actually way back in the Chapter 19 (Heat Haze Days II):
Back then we just naturally assumped Hiyori is talking about Kenjirou because that’s how it happened in other routes and we didn’t know how different this one’s gonna be just yet. But now we know that Kenjirou isn’t alive here, so the only person she could’ve been talking about is Ayano. (Also, before I assumed that Hiyori made disheartened face bc she wanted to spend more time with Momo, but now I wonder if it has anything to do with Ayano?)
But that’s not all of the persons that Ayano invited to her house! As we see in Konoha’s flashback later…
Well, the frame alone may not say much, but just like in the other routes Konoha greets Hiyori and Hibiya to Tateyamas houshold here he does the same… only now we know the only one living there is Ayano. And well… Ayano even said it herself:
And now is the point where I will start making questions. For the beginning what caught the tiny fraction of my attention which is the plural form of “roommates”. I know that Konoha + Hiyori + Hibiya would already make it for that plural form, but considering that Hibiya and Ayano hasn’t met before he got his powers, it’s safe to assume that Hiyori and Ayano hasn’t met yet which in turn is kinda safe to assume that they haven’t even spend a night in her house… Which would make it kinda weird to call them “roommates”.
Of course it’s still possible that Ayano met with Hiyori when Hibiya was asleep or something and I’m not trying to say that there is some misterious person for us yet to met that would be in any way significant to the story… All I wonder about is if Ayano was just inviting random people of the streets to her house lol (this girl was made for family life after all, not loneliness, at least not outside the Daze).
But it all also rises another question to me- could there be a reason to why Ayano is gathering people other than loneliness or will to help? Well to answer simply- yeah, it could, there always is some possibility like with everything, but if that’s really how it is is a whole different story.
And from the beginning I want to emphasize that I don’t think Ayano has any sinister intentions. In the end I think that, basing on Ayano’s reaction, Kano already could guess Ayano’s goal pretty well
But the problem with Ayano is that we don’t know what she knows, we just know that she knows much, which makes it hard to tell what she is planning (obviously her siblings’ happines most of all, but by what measures).
So far we know that Ayano saw in the Daze: 1. Snake’s plan to kill everyone (with “no full details”) 2. Azami’s memories including who entered the Daze and gained powers (although that one seems to not that clearly)
And for now it’s hard to tell if she remembers everyone that escaped the Daze or just the ones that did it before Ayano’s death in this route (probably depends on if Azami has memories from different routes).
In the end I think that in this route Ayano has a very similar role to Kenjirou, at least story-wise. Aside from the fact that she basically took his place, in the end she did help the Snake of Clearing Eyes to gather all other ability holders around Mary, even though maybe unintentionally or without bad intentions (well, not that Kenjirou had any).
And on the final note something that maybe doesn’t really mean anything and can be just a matter of translation, but that is still a pretty interesting comparison in my opinion.
When Kuroha confronted Dan last time, he said to Kano this:
But when Kurobiya meet Ayano in the last chapter he said to her:
“It’s been a while, Favoring Eyes.”