NANA – 23
-After having stormed out of Trapnest’s party, Shin is angry at Takumi for having taken their pet. He wants Nobu to get her back since he knows that Nobu likes her. Nobu, however, thinks that Hachi must really love Takumi and refuses to let Shin group Hachi together with the same women who pay to sleep with him. Shin claims that the women who sleep with him are frivolous and lonely, similar to how Hachi is since she had broke up with her boyfriend. In any case, Shin suspects that Hachi acted on impulse at the beginning, but is now really in love with Takumi. Shin is afraid that she’ll get hurt. On the taxi ride back home, he explains that Hachi is the only woman who is nice to him without wanting anything from him. He suggests that Nobu take Hachi away from Takumi, but Nobu isn’t sure. The only thing Nobu is confident about is that it can’t be Takumi.
-Yasu rushes to Nana’s side in a family restaurant after she calls him there. As it turns out though, she simply forgot her wallet. Of course, her mind is on Takumi staying over at her apartment with Hachi, and that’s what she tells Yasu about.
-Takumi and Hachi are meanwhile in bed together after sex. They both admit to not having significant others, with Takumi explaining that he doesn’t have the time. As they start kissing again, Takumi tells Hachi that he doesn’t want to give her over to anyone because he wants her to be only his.
-Nana tells Yasu that she supports Hachi, but she wonders why it had to be Takumi. She feels that all of her important things – Hachi and Ren – have been taken by Trapnest. Although Nana knows that neither Ren nor Hachi are things that she owns, she still finds it sad. Nana confesses to really thinking of Hachi as a pet dog and considers herself to be the worst. She then gets a mail from Ren, so Yasu suggests that they leave together in the same taxi.
-During the ride, Yasu admits that he was the same as Nana since the girl he was going out with came to Tokyo with Trapnest, as did his best friend. And then there’s the vocalist in his band who’s dating the guitarist of Trapnest. Yasu remembers that Ren had said the same thing before he left for Tokyo that Nana just said – people end up alone, so you can’t be one with someone no matter how close you get. It’s definitely impossible to think that anyone belongs to you. Back then, Ren had wished that Nana was indeed his and that he could take her to Tokyo with him. Yasu had suggested that Ren ask her to go with him, and Ren had said that he’d do so. However, Nana knows that in the end, Ren had instead told her to live how she wanted to.
-At his apartment, Ren offhandedly asks if Nana wants to live with him. She surprises him by saying that she’ll think about it.
-Back at Room 707, Takumi eats the food Hachi prepared and then eventually left because he had work. Hachi waits for Nana’s return, but gets impatient and is about to send Nana a mail when the doorbell rings. However, it’s Nobu who came. He tries to talk to Hachi, but he can’t say anything and decides instead to come again later. He feels that he can’t compete with Takumi yet, but vows someday to surpass him.
-At home, Yasu finds two messages on his answering machine. One is from Naoki, the drummer of Trapnest, wanting to see him. The other is from a Kawano from Gaia Music, who claims to have seen the live video and demo tape that they sent and wants to talk with them.
-At a party, Shin receives an envelope full of money from Reira.
-Ren and Nana are at a convenience store, and Nana insists on paying for her own things.
-In retrospect, Hachi says that despite them spending so much time together, she didn’t understand Nana at all. She hadn’t even noticed that Nana was hurt, and so she asks for Nana’s forgiveness.
-Hachi’s expression in this shot is priceless.
-Yay for Reira hooking up with Shin! More Reira soon :)
-Nobu is the clear underdog for Hachi’s heart, but I don’t exactly find myself rooting for him, despite Takumi being the other guy. For now, Nobu really loses out to Takumi in all respects, except for maybe sleaziness.