Hanasaku Iroha – 09
「喜翆荘の一番長い日」 (Kissuiso no Ichiban Nagai Hi)
“Kissuiso’s Longest Day”
If only all series could recap as well as Iroha does. Instead of wasting precious minutes of my new episode, they managed to bring back that tense feeling I was left with at the end of last week’s episode. I’ll admit that watching Ohana stumble around trying to find Tohru wasn’t really doing it for me, but the drama building inside of Ko and the end of Kissuiso’s longest day made things a ton more interesting.
Ko’s idea to randomly visit the girl he likes in hopes of surprising her would have worked well if he hadn’t picked such a bad day to do it. As things between Ohana and Ko progressed, I started to pity Ko. Not for his failed attempt at trying to visit Ohana during one of the most stressful moments of this show thus far but more for the internal struggle going on within his heart. The second he started questioning what he was doing, it was clear just how infatuated he was with Ohana. Seeing how he already finished the hard part of actually confessing, things would have probably went ten times better if he was a bit more honest with himself. But instead of being control of his emotions, he follows the traditional male route of being stubborn and ends up going home with regrets over what could have happened.
While the huge battle between Tohru, Ko, and Ohana that some of you were hoping for never happened, I can’t help but feel that the seeds for a conflict have been planted. Watching Ko’s expression change after hearing Tohru’s voice, I think it’d be pretty safe to say he might be the jealous type. Especially since most first time boyfriends tend to be clingy and extremely jealous. While this doesn’t hold true one hundred percent of the time, his actions throughout the episode are a pretty good indication that he doesn’t understand how important communication is. On the other hand, wouldn’t it be something of Tohru actually got together with Ohana? If you guys haven’t noticed, it really feels like Tohru really has no romantic feelings for Minchi. Something about the lack of embarrassment while being fed by a girl and the way he totally missed that “warm” feeling Ohana commented on made things pretty clear what he wasn’t thinking about. On the other hand, his attitude toward Ohana seems to be “warming” up.
With the cogs of Kissuiso running like a well oiled machine, things ended a lot smoother then I thought they would have. Even with Takako and Jiroumaru attempting to ruin all of Ohana’s hard work, it felt so satisfying knowing that Ohana’s actions managed to score Kissuiso a big win. Even though she found out who the mystery guest was on accident, it really made me smile to watch her finally get some credit for all of her hard work. While I wished Okami had some sort of secret camera to catch this genuine moment of customer appreciation, I suppose I’ll have to wait a bit longer to watch her compliment Ohana.
Oh, and I wonder who this is. Is there a possible love square forming?!