This is where I make use of the rest of the 1027593 screencaps I took that I couldn’t fit into my main analysis post and throw them into a hodgepodge post with no logical flow XD
I promise I have at least semi-intelligent things to say about at least some of them… I think? Anyway, there are quite a lot of interesting tidbits here!
1. Haru’s eyes
This point is actually out of chronological order (sorry, I warned you about the no logical flow, right? :P) but I really wanted to put it above the Read More cut because I think it is so wonderful. (I promise the rest of the caps are in sequence, more or less.)
This is Haru looking at Makoto as he talks about his dream.
LOOK AT HIS EYES! JUST LOOK AT THEM! The pic links to a big version so you can view them in their full-sized glory.
They are gradually softening and closing gently. You know when your eyes do that? When you’re smiling, like, really smiling, super happy. Try it. Smile. Feel your eyes crinkle and get smaller at the edges like Haru’s here.
But wait, there’s more! If you look carefully at his eyes, you can see that his pupils are dilating. When do pupils dilate? Well, there are a variety of reasons, but one common and consistent explanation is when you are having a strong emotional response. When you are looking at someone you love very much.
I’ll just leave that there - I don’t think for a moment that KyoAni meant to overtly imply anything beyond platonic love here - but it’s just really beautiful to see no matter what kind of love you want to interpret it as. Hang on, I might have to wipe away a tear now.