Ok! Chapter all read! Finally we meet main character number six! The left hand was a metaphor all along!
Sadly, the Orange Planet building doesn’t seem to exist in the real world. The dining room is really pretty, though. Gotta say, it’s odd seeing Akari wearing the Orange Planet uniform, especially in the anime where it’s in colour. Though, I notice they don’t seem to have changed Aria’s… um… scarf? In the anime, he’s not in the scene at all - pets are forbidden, so they leave him in Alice’s room. But, ah… don’t watch this episode yet if you’re avoiding spoilers, because it also introudces another character who doesn’t appear until later in this volume of the manga.
I kinda feel like the action Alice is performing in the final panel of page 43 is easier to do with the left hand anyway. Doing it with the right seems awkward. (In the anime, they skip over the fact that they have to sneak in, and instead she makes a point of opening the door to her room with her left hand - which she does in the manga anyway, but without drawing attention to it. Though, the anime also has a sequence where Athena makes a big mess of pouring herself a glass of water, but when she sits down in the next shot, she’s holding a teacup like she is here…)
So, 謳. From Jisho, it’s sometimes used as an alternate kanji for 歌う, but not for 歌, so… I guess some liberties are being taken on the third panel of page 46?
Minor rant time: So, Athena. Her introduction here makes several earlier chapters featuring Alice hanging out with Alicia and Akira quite a bit weird. You’re telling me that Amano-sensei had enough foresight to create the concept of Three Water Fairies, but not enough foresight to decide that one of them would be Alice’s mentor? Where was she during the Neverland chapter, when Alicia and Akira took Alice to the beach for a break? Where was she during the Redentore chapter, when Alice was desperate to invite Grandma, but apparently forgot to invite her immediate mentor? Where was she when the West Fold fell? No wait, wrong movie. (The anime gets around this issue by moving Athena’s introduction to be three episodes after Alice’s. The Neverland story mentions her being involved in planning but too busy to join in, while the Redentore story includes her by increasing the boat’s capacity by one. Or, actually, by two - anime-exclusive character Ai is also present.)