From the start of the series, Noe had everything. She had a family and a loving brother; she was cheerful and outgoing; and as much as it sounded absurd, she had found her hope in a chicken that could bring back her tears. Even though misfortune befell upon Raigomaru, she quickly found a replacement in the form of Shin’ichiro, who as we know by now was more than just a replacement — he was her true love also. In short, Noe was living her life.
On the other hand, Hiromi started the series with nothing. She had lost her family. Her froster mom despised her. She mostly shut herself out from everyone. Her only hope of salvation was in a guy whom she was being misled into thinking that it would be forbidden to be with. To hide her pain, she faked a relationship with Jun whom she had no feeling for. In short, Hiromi was living a miserable life.
Then comes around this episode. These two girls have exchanged their places.
Noe had lost everything. She lost her brother when he confessed his feelings to her. She began to question her own heart since she could not even detect the true feelings of her brother, Shin’ichiro, and Hiromi. One by one, people (or birds) whom she had placed hope on had left her: first Raigomaru, then Shin’ichiro, and lastly in this episode Jibetta when she realized that Jibetta had not so much been unable to fly as unwilling to fly. With that, all she had was her loneliness. Darkness and hopelessness became her only companions. In deed, it had been somewhat difficult to find screenshots of a smiling Noe in bright daylights.
On the other hand, Hiromi’s world had opened up. She reconciled with her foster mom, who reassured her that Shin’ichiro is not her silbing. With her hope restored, she
more or less stole gained the love of Shin’ichiro from Noe. She became very positive in finding her own path in life and in confronting Jun about their fake relationship. She no longer hid herself from anyone. In this episode, she confessed her love for Shin’ichiro in front of Noe and everyone in broad daylight — something that is unheard of for a Japanese girl.
There was one more thing that Noe had though — it was her imagination of true heart. With it, she concluded that if she did not want to fly, then she would never fly. Heartbreakingly, her imagination of true heart did not conclude as far as Shin’ichiro’s had — of what would the flight result in. But having no one else who would fly for her, she decided to fly for herself…
PS: The thug sound at the end reminds me brilliantly of this youtube clip.